Sweet. Soothing. Refreshing. Hydrating. This Pineapple Mint Smoothie happens to be my literary agent’s favorite recipe of all time. If you close your eyes while sipping it down, you might even teleport to a poolside bar and think it’s a pineapple mojito (you wouldn’t be the first!).

pineapple mint smoothie in a glass with a paper straw and a lime wedge.

Have you ever thought about serving smoothies at your poolside parties? They make the perfect addition to a summery spread, and I won’t tell anyone if you add a little rum to them!

Table of Contents
  1. Ingredients in a Mint Smoothie
  2. Pineapple Mint Smoothie FAQs
  3. Naturally Lower Sugar in Smoothies
  4. Smoothie Recipes Using Fresh Herbs
  5. Pineapple Mint Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients in a Mint Smoothie

Head to the grocery store and gather the following fruits, leafy greens and fresh herbs to create this delicious mint smoothie.

No matter where you serve it, a juicy, sweet pineapple smoothie is amazing. It’s the perfect summer drink to cool down, hydrate and feel amazing!

ingredients for a tropical smoothie recipe including pineapple, lime, mint and kale.
  • Kale: The king of the leafy green family, kale is packed with fiber and phytonutrients that our body loves.
  • Coconut Water: This is the most hydrating liquid base out there. I love using it as a post-workout smoothie or on a hot day.
  • Pineapple: This natural sweetener turns this healthy smoothie into a decadent poolside cooler.
  • Lime: Fresh limes make the most vibrant flavors and can be blended effortlessly into a mint smoothie.
  • Mint: Mint is a natural stimulant, which can help your perk up during a painfully slow afternoon, or even give you a healthy jolt before you head to the gym.

If you’re not a fan of kale in your smoothies but want to be, then this is a great gateway smoothie. The pineapple and coconut water up the sweetness + tone down the bold kale flavor.

Let me put it this way. Normally my kids don’t like kale in their smoothies, but this pineapple mint smoothie went down the hatch nice n’ easy.

mint smoothies on a polka dot table cloth.

Pineapple Mint Smoothie FAQs

How much mint should I add to my smoothie?

I typically stick to 1/4 cup or less when adding herbs to smoothies. I really want the mint to shine in this pineapple mint smoothie, so I add the whole 1/4 cup. Feel free to start with less if this is your first time trying fresh mint!

Can I use dried mint in a smoothie?

I don’t recommend it. Dried mint has a different flavor, and consistency and doesn’t hold the nutritional benefits found in fresh. I do recommend growing your own mint! It’s super easy to do and allows you to grab a garnish any time you want.

How do I lower the natural sugar in a smoothie?

Use a low-sugar fruit to naturally lower the sugar. If the pineapple in this pineapple mint smoothie is too much, then use half of the measurement called for and add in raspberries, blackberries or peaches to help lower the sugar.

2 glasses of pineapple mint smoothie in glasses with lime wedges.

Naturally Lower Sugar in Smoothies

While sugar in fruit is not processed, it can be a bit much at times. The easiest way to help your body easily process the natural sugar in fruits is to add in a plant-based protein powder with protein and healthy fats. Then you get a filling snack without the sugar crash.

You can also swap out higher glycemic fruits with lower glycemic fruits.

Low Sugar Fruit Swaps

If the pineapple holds too much natural sugar for you then cut it down to 3/4 cup and add in 3/4 cup of one of the following low sugar fruits:

  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Peaches
  • Grapefruit

Don’t let natural sugar slow you down! Smoothies are the ultimate ‘build your own’ since you can really use what you have on hand or prefer to make any recipe work for you.

Smoothie Recipes Using Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs are the ultimate bonus ingredient. They add an extra leafy green and lovely flavor addition to any smoothie. Here are a few of my favorite herb smoothie recipes:

Don’t forget to rate this smoothie once you’ve made it. I’m curious how it turned out for you!

4.46 from 386 votes

Pineapple Mint Smoothie

Friends will keep coming back for more when you serve up this refreshingly sweet pineapple mint smoothie. This recipe is a great way to introduce others to the world of kale!
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based, Vegan
Serves: 1

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup kale fresh
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 ½ cups pineapple frozen
  • ¼ cup mint fresh
  • 1 tbsp lime juice
  • 1 serving homemade protein powder optional

Instructions 

  • Blend kale and coconut water until smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth.

Notes

  • Use frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.
  • This really can turn into a mocktail with a fun glass and some fresh mint or lime wedge garnish.
  • Swap kale with the leafy green of your choice. 
  • Swap coconut water with regular water or carton coconut milk.
  • Use a plant based protein powder to help your body process the natural sugar more easily.

Nutrition

Calories: 214kcal, Carbohydrates: 50g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 2g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 284mg, Potassium: 1280mg, Fiber: 7g, Sugar: 31g, Vitamin A: 7322IU, Vitamin C: 213mg, Calcium: 220mg, Iron: 3mg
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About the Author

Jen Hansard

I went from exhausted mama to running across the Grand Canyon, riding & hiking to the top of the tallest waterfall in North America with my kids. How? I fell in love with the smoothies and plant-based meals you can find on my blog.

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  1. 5 stars
    Pineapple kale smoothie, Wasn’t my favorite so far but it was actually pretty good when I made a few adjustments. Added a little more pineapple. Added a little more water and it turned out great!

  2. 5 stars
    I love this smoothie! pineapple is my favorite fruit so i choose to have it after lunch as an afternoon pick me up during my work slump. I enjoyed the mixture of the pineapple and mint and will definitely be make this smoothie again.

  3. 5 stars
    I really liked this! Added a scoop of SGS protein and some collagen and it made a great, refreshing, energizing breakfast. I was ready to take on A long work day with this one!

  4. 3 stars
    Thanks for the recipe.

    I thought it was just okay. I thought eating 1 1/2 cups pineapple in 1 serving is a bit much…I was fine drinking the first half of the smoothie, but then my throat started to itch. (I’m not allergic to pineapple.)

    I’d also recommend including the weight of each ingredient as greens and herbs measure differently if packed or not, and fruit measures differently depending on how big/small you cut it.

  5. 5 stars
    This was so refreshing. Reminded me of a virgin mojito. Will definitely make again.

  6. Omg, can I say how delish this smoothie is!!! It was so good and refreshing that I decided to skip dinner and just have this smoothie. That’s two smoothies in one day and I feel great. I didn’t miss my dinner at all.

    1. 4 stars
      What a wonderful refreshing mint sensation really enjoyed it. not something I would drink all the time, but on a very hot day definitely hits the spot! I might adjust the total fresh mint to just a little less, so I can taste the pineapple more. thanks!!

  7. This was not one of my favorites, but it may be because I didn’t have as much pineapple as the recipe called for. The kale flavor was too strong.

  8. 5 stars
    It’s very tasty and refreshing. I used fresh mint and kale from the garden and added a whole lime and some fresh ginger. I will definitely be making this again.

  9. 5 stars
    No idea why I tasted cucumber but this was very refreshing and frothy. I like it!