Tropical Green Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie — I promise this healthy green smoothie doesn’t taste healthy at all! It tastes like a virgin piña colada that just happens to be bright green and good for you. 

Tropical Green Smoothie — I promise this healthy green smoothie doesn't taste healthy at all! It tastes like a virgin piña colada that just happens to be bright green and good for you. 

The BEST Green Smoothie Recipe

Sometimes strange looking things taste amazing. If you close your eyes, it tastes like a beautiful, tropical, sunny beach vacation.

You’re thinking, no it doesn’t. It tastes like bitter, blended up green stuff. But I assure you, it does not. Celery, kale, mizuna greens, chard, dandelion greens, and cucumbers have very strong and dominating flavors, which is why I don’t use them in smoothies. Spinach, however, is a different story.

I find spinach to be the leafy green equivalent of iceberg lettuce; totally mild and harmless. Plus, when it’s coupled with a handful of frozen mango, pineapple, banana, almond milk, vanilla, and a bit of sweetener, you can’t even taste it.

I promise. Even though this is healthy, it doesn’t taste it. It tastes like a green Pina Colada.

The color is much more jarring than the flavor. Sometimes plants are unexpectedly bold and vibrant in all their chlorophyll-filled glory.

Tropical Green Smoothie — I promise this healthy green smoothie doesn't taste healthy at all! It tastes like a virgin piña colada that just happens to be bright green and good for you. 

My 6-year old bounces off the walls after drinking one of these healthy green smoothies. Some parents claim their children get hyper after too much sugar. Well, mine can eat chocolate chip cookies and candy and not really do much. But give her one of these green smoothies, and she’s talking a mile a minute, running around the house, laughing, and giggling.

I’m glad to see plants have that effect on her. They really are so powerful.

This tropical spinach keeps me full for awhile and between the almond milk, mango, pineapple, and banana, it’s tropical, sweet, and creamy.

After drinking a green smoothie, I feel invigorated, refreshed and recharged, and my head is clear and my energy is pure. Coffee wakes me up and gives me energy, but it’s a bolt of semi-jittery energy versus clean, sustained energy.

I love that this tastes like a virgin pina colada. It just happens to be green.

strawberries

What’s in This Green Smoothie? 

To make this healthy spinach smoothie, you’ll need: 

  • Frozen spinach
  • Frozen pineapple
  • Frozen mango
  • Banana
  • Strawberries
  • Milk
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sweetener of choice 

Tropical Green Smoothie — I promise this healthy green smoothie doesn't taste healthy at all! It tastes like a virgin piña colada that just happens to be bright green and good for you. 

How to Make a Green Smoothie

After you have everything in your blender canister, blend until smooth and creamy.

Since I have to wash my blender anyway, I make double the amount I need. I fill freezer-safe platstic cups with the extra portions, freeze them, and when I’m ready for a smoothie for a snack or quick breafast, nuke the cup for a minute.

It saves time not having to remake and then rewash my blender. Having them ready and grab-able prevents me from reaching for cookies, which are equally grab-able.

Tropical Green Smoothie — I promise this healthy green smoothie doesn't taste healthy at all! It tastes like a virgin piña colada that just happens to be bright green and good for you. 

Can I Add Different Fruits to My Green Smoothie? 

There’s no wrong way to make a healthy green smoothie. Substitute any fruit you like. I use frozen because it’s cheaper and that way I don’t have to add ice, which waters it down, but use fresh if that’s what you like. Strawberries, blueberries, mixed berry blends, peaches, and nectarines are favorites.

What Type of Milk Should I Use?

For the milk, try cow’s, goat, soy, rice, almond, coconut, Coconut Milk Kefir, or Homemade Horchata. Or add a dollop of yogurt, Greek yogurt, or frozen yogurt.

Tropical Green Smoothie — I promise this healthy green smoothie doesn't taste healthy at all! It tastes like a virgin piña colada that just happens to be bright green and good for you. 

Do I Have to Add Spinach? 

If you don’t like spinach, try romaine lettuce. Both are very mild and neutral when blended. I buy frozen spinach for the same reason I buy frozen fruit; it’s cheaper, and I can buy in bulk and keep it in my freezer for a rainy day.

How Should I Sweeten Green Smoothies? 

I sweeten my smoothies just a bit, but it’s optional. Use agave, honey, maple syrup, granulated sugar, stevia or your favorite sweetener. Sweet Medjool dates are nature’s candy and also work well.

Tropical Green Smoothie — I promise this healthy green smoothie doesn't taste healthy at all! It tastes like a virgin piña colada that just happens to be bright green and good for you. 

Tips for Making the Best Green Smoothie

A tip for bananas is that I peel over-ripe ones, break them into chunks, and keep them in a big Ziplock in my freezer, making it easy to toss a few chunks into smoothies. When blended, they add plant-based creaminess that’s unparalleled to anything else. Bananas are naturally sweet, inexpensive, and readily available. But if you don’t like bananas or are allergic, simply omit.

If you want to boost the staying power of the smoothie, add fat. Coconut oil, coconut butter, peanut butter, almond/cashew/sunflower seed, or protein powder.

Add coconut flakes, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, or your favorite smoothie add-ins’ to either the blender canister before blending or garnish smoothie with them after blending.

I add homemade vanilla extract to almost everything I make, including smoothies. Extracts like coconut extract, orange extract, or lemon extract are also fun to play around with in smoothies.

Tropical Green Smoothie — I promise this healthy green smoothie doesn't taste healthy at all! It tastes like a virgin piña colada that just happens to be bright green and good for you. 

Tropical Green Smoothie

Tropical Green Smoothie

I promise this healthy green smoothie doesn't taste healthy at all! It tastes like a virgin piña colada that just happens to be green and good for you. 

Yield: 1
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen spinach
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 medium ripe banana, peeled (previously frozen in chunks is ideal)
  • 1 cup strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, or a favorite berry, optional
  • 1 cup milk (cow’s, almond, soy, coconut, kefir, horchata)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sweetener, to taste (sugar, agave, stevia, honey, maple syrup, Medjool dates)

Instructions

    1. Place all ingredients in the canister of a Vita-Mix or blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.
    2. Pour extra portions into freezer-safe cups and freeze for up to 1 month, thawing before serving (or microwaving for about 30 seconds)

Notes

  • All ingredients and amounts are to taste. Use seasonal fruits or vary the quantities of fruits, to taste. I use frozen fruit and prefer it to fresh because it keeps the smoothie cold, without adding ice which waters it down. Frozen is cheaper and I can buy in bulk and keep in the freezer and use when needed.
  • Optionally, consider adding a scoop of protein powder, dollop of yogurt for extra protein; add fat for staying power such as coconut oil, coconut butter, peanut butter, almond/cashew/sunflower seed/Cookie Butter. Blend with juice to increase the amount of Vitamin C.
  • Add coconut flakes, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, or your favorite smoothie add-ins to either the blender canister before blending or garnish smoothie with them after blending.
  • Recipe is vegan (use vegan milk, avoid honey), gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free as written. Take care any ingredients used and added optionally are suitable for your dietary needs.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 743 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 4g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 20mg Sodium: 506mg Carbohydrates: 152g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 26g Sugar: 101g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 29g
 

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Skinny Pina Colada Smoothie — This Piña Colada Smoothie requires just four ingredients and is naturally vegan and gluten-free. It makes for a quick breakfast or a delicious poolside treat! 

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180 comments on “Tropical Green Smoothie”

  1. Would it still taste awesome if i replace the spinach with butterhead lettuce instead? im trying to finish off all the lettuce in my fridge and im tired of having it as salad..  

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  7. This recipe is truely awesome. In our house it’s called ‘frog drink’ for the kids but my husband asks me to make him a frog everyday. The only thing I stopped in to say was that it isn’t green, if you add the berries. Without the berries, its a rich green, similar to the pictures here. Once you add the berries, it’s more like army green or brown. We call it, toad drink, and it’s no big deal for us but for readers who want it to look vibrantly green, leave out the berries. 

  8. where can i buy the frozen spinach i dont think any stores near me have it, can i just buy regular and freeze? 

  9. I so loved this recipe and couldn’t wait to try it.  However, before I did I entered it on our Weight Watcher’s recipe builder.  Whoa!!  It has 21 points.  That is 3/4 of my daily allowed points.  SO, while it sounds great it is not low calorie…I am so bummed!

    • I’m not familiar with how the WW points system works but it seems odd that some fruit and spinach would have that many points. The recipe does make a very hearty sized smoothie, which you could probably divide into two portions. And/or eliminate or reduce some of the fruit if you think that’s the culprit. I truly don’t understand how fruit and spinach gets a bad rap on WW though!

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  12. Is there a reason mine is dark green and I used the exact same ingredients as you? Very weird!

    • Sometimes spinach does that when you blend it. It has to do with it oxidizing (much like the way a banana will turn brown over time). I wouldn’t worry about the color as long as you’re enjoying the taste.

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  16. Definitely going to try this. Recipe added to our Pinterest :P

    Regards,
    Tiina

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  20. After you drank the urban remedy for 6 days, what did the following days weeks consist of? What did you drink or eat after that week? Does doing the remedy help you lose weight?
    I can’t really exercise due to an injury. But I walk a lot.

    • I’ve done many juice cleanses over the years and after them I try to eat light, plant-based foods. Salads, lots of fruit and veggies, etc. Everyone’s experience with juicing is different but no, I don’t tend to lose weight on them. A pound or two maybe but nothing significant.

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