Posted by Megan Cash

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A summer-y little pick-me-up that also speeds muscle recovery and fights inflammation - for when you're getting in shape for the beach (or just want a healthy snack that tastes like vacation...)

Besides being packed with vitamin C, fiber, and vitamin B6; Pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain that aids in digesting protein and helps to repair and build muscle, as well as reduce inflammation. So combine that with some protein and gelatin, and you've got a winning combination for both taste and health.

PS - I've found that the trick to getting the perfect ice-cream-y consistency is the mason jar method to make sure your ice-to-water ratio is just right. ;)

Low Carb + Anti-inflammatory + High Protein + Muscle Recovery + Gluten Free + Promotes Healthy Hair/Skin/Nails!

Ingredients:

 

  • 8-10 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein isolate (mine has 130 calories and 30g protein, substitute a vegan protein if that's more your style)
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 T gelatin (optional, omit for vegan version)
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple (*or* one single-serve pineapple tidbits with 100% juice)
  • 1 tsp. psyllium husk (optional)
  • 1 tsp. stevia (optional)
  • 1 handful of spinach (green smoothie option, not pictured)

Directions:

1. Again with the blender + mason jars, so I can just grab my drink and hit the road. You can remove the bottom of Oster blender styles and screw them onto plain ol' jars.

2. Add your pineapple to the jar.

True confession that I am the world's worst at cutting fresh pineapple.. SO. If I don't buy it pre-cut I just opt for the tidbits packed in juice: the portion is perfect for your smoothie, and you can toss it in juice and all.

It's cheaper, more convenient, just as delicious. 

3. Add you ice to the rim of your jar, and fill about halfway with water.

2. Next add gelatin, salt, psyllium, and stevia. Add the protein powder last to prevent the gelatin and psyllium from clumping up and sticking to your blender blades. (It's happened to me.. it's gross.) If you prefer a green smoothie, omit a couple ice cubes and stuff in a handful of fresh baby spinach before blending!

3. Blend for at least 1-2 minutes, until you can no longer hear ice crushing and the blending sounds "smooth." At this point, air is being whipped into your shake and making it extra thick and creamy - like yummy pineapple ice cream.

4. Unscrew and enjoy!

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