This healthy tropical green smoothie is so simple and refreshing. It’s so relaxing that you feel like you’re suddenly on a beach. Except where I am, it’s cold and there’s technically no such thing as a beach. Lately, I haven’t been drinking many smoothies due to the fact I currently have an addiction to matcha lattes and coffee. Although, whenever I’m craving a smoothie, I make this green smoothie instead of my old Raspberry Pineapple favorite.
Now, one thing I want to mention is that I didn’t add any protein powder to this smoothie. When I made this smoothie, I wasn’t feeling too well. My body was craving freshness. I needed some spinach in my life. I didn’t want to add any of my vanilla protein powder. If you don’t like the fact that this recipe is low in protein, then feel free to add some protein to it! This smoothie is not a meal replacement. If you would like to use this smoothie as a “meal“, then add in some protein.
How to make a healthy tropical green smoothie:
Making a healthy tropical green smoothie is easy. What’s not easy is making it taste good. I’ve heard a few people say that they are not supposed to taste good. But my issue with that statement is whenever you consume something you don’t like, there’s a small chance of you going back and drinking it again. I don’t believe in consuming foods and drinks that I don’t like.
My rule of thumb for smoothies is to always use a 1/2 cup (or more) of some leafy greens, 1 cup of frozen fruit, 1 ripe banana, and some additions of superfood powders. Whenever I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll add in some riced cauliflower or zucchini. Riced cauliflower and zucchini are the best vegetables to use in smoothies because they do not impact the taste.
The biggest mistake many make when making green smoothies is adding in sugar! It’s so unnecessary. Fruit already has sugar in it. And most of the time, the average person usually adds in way too much fruit to their smoothies. To cut back on the sugar in my smoothies, I have started using a half a banana. Consuming too much sugar gives me too many issues.
If you find this recipe to be a bland, add ingredients like avocado, kale, and fresh lime juice to give it a little boost. I’d add in a 1/2 avocado, 1/2 cup baby kale, and the juice of a whole lime. This recipe is just right for me, I like how simple and refreshing it is.
How to make green smoothies taste good:
Vegetables taste good. However, many people try to force themselves to eat vegetables that they do not like. That is not necessary. The trick is to find combinations that are enjoyable. For example, you will probably never see a recipe with eggplant on my blog because I do not like it. If you do, I found a recipe that works to my surprise.
For instance, I know that I do not like milk with fruit outside of bananas. So, I won’t add any milk to my smoothies. Along with disliking milk in my smoothies, I have stopped trying to hop on the yogurt in the smoothies train. I don’t like it! I like my smoothies to taste refreshing and not too creamy.
As I’ve stated above, add ingredients that you like. If you know you don’t like the taste of spinach, adding in high protein sources like nut butter will change the flavor of the smoothie. Adding in cacao powder for a superfood boost and chocolaty taste to mask the taste of the spinach. On the other hand, I wouldn’t dare add any cacao powder to this recipe. I don’t think it would work well. This recipe works well with superfoods that taste tart.
Best tasting superfoods to add to smoothies:
Amla berry, goji berry, baobab powder, superfood blend, and dragonfruit powder are my favorite superfoods to add to smoothies. They do not negatively impact the taste. I don’t like to add adaptogens like ashwagandha to my smoothies because they will make them taste very bitter.
I know that superfoods are controversial. A lot of people believe they’re pointless. Personally, I believe they add an extra boost of nutrients to my smoothies. They taste good and they’re loaded with vitamins.
Want more recipes?
- Healthy Raspberry Pineapple Smoothie
- Mango Pineapple Smoothie
- Healthy Cinnamon Roll Oatmeal
- Mixed Berry Pancake Skillet
Healthy Tropical Green Smoothie
- 1 cup Mixed Frozen Tropical Fruit (see note)
- 1/2 Ripe Banana
- 1 1/2 cups Green Spinach
- 1 cup Water
- 1 tsp Amla Berry Powder
- 1 tsp Baobab Powder
- Add all of the ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend.
- If you don’t live near a Target or can’t find their mixed fruit blend, try adding a 1/4 cup of strawberries, 1/4 cup peaches, 1/4 cup pineapples, and a 1/4 cup of mango to your blender with the rest of the ingredients.
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