This lemon smoothie is creamy, sweet and perfectly tangy. It’s made with pineapple, mango, fresh lemon juice and zest and greek yogurt for added protein. This vegan smoothie recipe is the perfect summer refreshment!
I love smoothies all year round, but this pineapple lemon smoothie is truly perfect for summer. It’s light, refreshing, sweet yet tangy and packs a generous dose of protein, fiber and healthy fats.
This smoothie is made with no banana, is vegan and perfect for a post workout snack, light breakfast, or mid afternoon pick me up. The lemon really brightens up all of the other flavors in this smoothie.
This smoothie recipe is totally customizable and can even be prepped in advance! Just pop all of the ingredients aside from the milk into a ziplock bag, store in the freezer, then dump into your blender with the milk when you’re ready to blend. If you love this recipe try my maca smoothie next!
Mango. I love using mango in smoothies instead of banana when I want a different flavor profile. It makes the smoothie creamy and has a fairly neutral flavor. I suggest using frozen mango, but fresh will work.
Pineapple. Pineapple is my most favorite fruit to use in smoothies. It has such a great tropical flavor and pairs really well with the lemon in this recipe.
Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt will add some protein to this smoothie and you can use either dairy or non-dairy! If you aren’t a fan of greek yogurt, regular yogurt will work too.
Lemon. You’ll need the zest and the juice from one whole lemon. The zest will add very potent lemon flavor which I love!
We’ll be using the zest and the juice, but you don’t want to blend the whole lemon! It will end up too bitter, so be sure you’re just using the juice and zest.
Protein powder. Protein powder is optional, but having a high protein smoothie will keep you full for much longer than low protein.
I love using vanilla protein here, and you can use either whey protein or a plant-based such as a pea or hemp.
Prep it in advance!
One of my favorite ways to prep a smoothie in advance is to pack all of the ingredients aside from the milk into a ziplock bag, store in the freezer, then blend with the liquid when you’re ready to serve!
Smoothies are definitely best served fresh, so this hack will cut down on prep time.
If you do have leftover, this lemon smoothie will keep for 24 hours in the fridge. I suggest giving it a good stir or re-blending since the liquid can separate a bit as it sits.
Frequently asked questions
Are smoothies healthy?
It totally depends on what they are made with! Smoothies aren’t inherently good or bad, but when you’re putting whole fresh fruits, protein, and healthy fats, then yes, they are healthy.
This lemon smoothie packs a lot of protein, fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C. Perfect for a healthy snack!
Can I make it without protein powder?
Definitely! You do not need to add protein powder to smoothies, though I love turning a classic smoothie into more of a protein shake since I stay full for much longer.
What liquid is best for smoothies?
I generally do almond milk, but you can use any kind of milk, either dairy or non-dairy, or coconut water. Pineapple pairs really well with coconut water, so that would be great in this recipe!
If you want to thicken this smoothie, just use less milk! If you have already blended and want to thicken it up, you can add more frozen fruit or some frozen cauliflower if you want a lighter option.
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Vegan Lemon Pineapple Smoothie
by: claire cary
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- ½ cup frozen mango
- ½ cup greek yogurt dairy or non-dairy
- Juice and zest from 1 lemon
- ½ cup almond milk any kind of milk will work
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder optional
- ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
- Add all ingredients to a blender. I like a high speed blender for smoothies.
- Blend until completely smooth.
- Add more milk as needed to help blend, how much you need will depend on the power of your blender.
- Taste and adjust flavors as desired.