Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

This Pineapple Ginger Smoothie has major health benefits to power you through everything from business meetings to morning workouts.

Pineapple ginger smoothie recipe

This plant-based pineapple ginger smoothie features vitamin C packed fruits and veggies, plus a knob of ginger root to curb inflammation and exercise-induced muscle pain.

To celebrate the 3-day weekend, I created this energizing recipe after learning Venus Williams, pro tennis player, enjoys a morning smoothie boosted with ginger and kale. If you want to start the day like a professional athlete, this nutrition-packed smoothie is perfect!

Tennis pro Venus Williams drinks green smoothies

Venus Williams Signature Smoothie

In 2011, Venus was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called Sjogren’s syndrome. Shifting to a plant-based diet drastically reduced some of her symptoms, including fatigue and joint pain (This is not intended as medical advice. Please see a doctor if you experience symptoms).

Take it from Venus, “Our bodies thrive on the things that we eat, it’s medicine for our bodies”, and choose foods that fuel your body in the best way possible. According to her interview with Shape, Venus’ morning pineapple ginger smoothie is packed with foods that calm inflammation and deliver powerful antioxidants to her body.

Whether she’s acing it on the tennis court or dialing in her lifestyle brand, Venus Williams gives it her all, and her glowing skin is no exception. Her morning drink of choice is a tasty, zingy ginger smoothie, reminiscent of a gingersnap cookie but with major health benefits to power her through everything from business meetings to morning workouts.

A blender is the one piece of equipment you need to make this pineapple ginger smoothie

What are the health benefits of a ginger smoothie

Smoothies are an incredible way to pack in your daily servings of fruit and vegetables. Yet too much fruit and you could cause a sugar rush that leads to a crash. This smoothie is beautifully balanced thanks to the high fiber, light protein and essential vitamins and minerals.

Here’s a few of the key ingredients:

Plant-powered Kale

Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods around. One cup of kale has only 33 calories. Plus, the fiber, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients are healing on your body. Vitamin C is known for boosting your immune system and counteracting the damage from disease-causing free radicals. Each serving of kale is full of vitamin C.

Want one more reason to love kale? It contains omega-3 fatty acids to tame inflammation.

Inflammatory-Fighting Ginger

The ginger in this smoothie is a natural inflammation reducer. Inflammation, which is at the root of most diseases, causes physical symptoms like skin problems and digestive issues.

Ginger is also a powerful pain reliever. A 2010 study found that consuming a small amount of ginger is more effective at reducing pain symptoms and inflammation than painkillers. Another bonus of consuming ginger? It may help clear up acne.

paper straws are eco-friendly additions to serving a pineapple ginger smoothie

How to use fresh ginger root in a smoothie

First, hold your piece of ginger in one hand and a metal spoon in the other hand. Scrape the edge of the spoon against the ginger to peel off the skin. Work your way around the ginger root.

Alternatively, use a sharp paring knife to peel off the skin, taking care to peel the skin without taking off the inside flesh.

How much ginger should I use in a smoothie?

My advice: start with a little bit. Like the size of a dime. You can always add more, yet you can’t take it back. At first, I could only handle a small piece, yet over time I’ve fallen more in love with it. Now, I’ll easily add a chunk of it in without even flinching.

Adding an orange to a ginger smoothie to boost the vitamin C is an easy win.

Ways to give this ginger smoothie a creamy texture

First, we all love to sip on a smoothie that’s cool and creamy, kind of like a frosty. To get that amazing texture, use frozen pineapple and frozen strawberries. If that’s not possible, add about 1 cup of ice to the blender. You may need to add water to thin the consistency.

Craving more recipes with this inflammation-fighting rawkstar ingredient? Take a look at our Rawk the Year Meal planner! There are 50+ recipes with plant-powered ginger goodness to chose from.

Now you ready to get your game on and sip on this high performance ginger smoothie for a power-packed breakfast or mid-morning snack!

Pineapple Ginger Smoothie

This morning drink is a tasty, zingy pineapple ginger smoothie, reminiscent of a gingersnap cookie but with major health benefits to power her through everything from business meetings to morning workouts. 
5 from 7 votes
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Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 smoothie
Author: Jen Hansard


  • 1 cup fresh kale - baby
  • 1 orange - peeled
  • 2 inch ginger root
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ cup pineapple - frozen
  • ½ cup strawberries - frozen
  • 1 tbs chia seeds


  • Add kale, ginger, orange and almond milk to the blender.
  • Blend on high speed until all leafy chunks are gone and you have a smoothie consistency.
  • Add pineapple, strawberries and chia seeds and blend again.
  • Serve immediately. 


Boost it! Use 1 scoop of Protein Smoothie Boost to add 10g of clean, plant-based protein.


Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 356mg | Potassium: 873mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 7051IU | Vitamin C: 233mg | Calcium: 553mg | Iron: 3mg
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  1. Vicki Bell says:

    5 stars
    Delicious! My husband wants more!

  2. Michelle says:

    Do you use unsweetened almond milk in this recipe? Thanks!

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Hi Michelle. Great question! Def yes, we us unsweetened almond milk whenever possible.

  3. guzal says:

    Do you peel the orange before putting it into the smoothie? The picture shows unpeeled

  4. Jessica says:

    5 stars
    Def a fan of this one and it will go in my weekly rotation!

  5. Marie says:

    I’ve been making this smoothie a lot recently to help combat inflammation. It’s really helping! 🙂

  6. Kim says:

    5 stars
    I love this recipe and the ginger gives it the kick I need most mornings. 😉

  7. Amanda says:

    5 stars
    Adding ginger to green smoothies is a must! I love the added spice!

  8. Dani Mitchell says:

    5 stars
    If this smoothie is good enough for Venus, it’s gonna be amazing!!! I love seeing what fitness peeps blend- so thank you for putting her recipe into life so we could make it too. Do you peel the ginger?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      You’re welcome, Dani! And you can peel the ginger if you choose but you don’t have to, Yet if you don’t peel, make sure to scrub it really well before blending. 🙂

  9. Betty says:

    Super!! LOVE ginger and added even a bit more . I just wash my ginger and don’t bother to remove the skin—works for me!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      I love ginger, also! Any smoothie with ginger in it is a great one in my book. 🙂

  10. Araceli Patino says:

    5 stars
    This is a winner! I just tried it with a big chunk of ginger and it made my day . Thank you for creating new recipes!

  11. Erin says:

    5 stars
    The almond milk base with citrus is an interesting combo, can’t wait to try it! Venus Williams is #goals

  12. Sarah Gray says:

    YUM!!! (i didn’t have the orange, but yum anyways)

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a realistic plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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