How to Make a Healthy Pina Colada


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Last week, my boyfriend and I took a quick trip to southern CA. We went to see some friends in San Diego and then up in Los Angeles for a day. And over the course of three nights of dinners out, I had some drinks. And man I AM FEELING IT.

I don’t drink alcohol much anymore- it’s kind of a more rare occasion for me compared to my past life. In fact, the last time I had a drink was on vacation in Nicaragua. Until this Cali trip.

I had mezcal cocktails at all three dinner spots we went to and needless to say I was feeling the aftermath. Sure, it might have been the time change and driving all over the state, but going out each night left me pretty tired. Maybe I can’t hang anymore? I still kinda feel like I’m recovering a week later.

Anyway- today’s smoothie recipe is one that typically has alcohol- more specifically – rum. But, in the spirit of whole plant foods, energy, and vitality, instead of alcohol, we’re making this pina colada and packing it with whole food nutrients. 

Picture this- you’re sitting down in a beach chair, with your favorite book, and can hear the ocean waves crashing. You pick up this frosty, coconut-y drink that tastes just like summer in a glass (except it’s packed with whole food nutrients instead of alcohol).

This is the drink you want when you want to feel like you’re on a tropical vacation but without the after-effects of booz or refined sugar.

And I think you’re going to love it!

healthy pina colada

Whole Food Plant-Based Piña Colada

A tropical whole food plant-based smoothie that's packed with plant nutrients.
Servings: 1


  • 1 3 oz coconut smoothie packet (see notes for substitutions)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1.5 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • a few drops stevia (optional)


  • Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until creamy. Taste and adjust to your liking.


For the coconut cream- I used a coconut smoothie pack I found in the frozen fruit section, but you can definitely use whatever you have! Here’s a little sub guide for the one packet of coconut cream:
-2 tbsp coconut cream from a can of coconut milk OR
-1/4 cup coconut meat OR
-a handful of shredded, unsweetened coconut OR
If you don’t have anything other than coconut milk or coconut water – just use that! You’ll still get a nice coconut flavor from it.
And- you can also make this Pina Colada into a Pina Colada smoothie bowl- just decrease the amount of coconut milk to a 1/2 cup.

There’s nothing really better than smoothies in the summer. And as soon as I get some energy, I’m making like 5 of these.


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