Rehydrate yourself with this refreshing tropical green smoothie. It’s made with mangos, coconut, bananas, and spinach. Finished in just 5 minutes for an energizing and wholesome breakfast or midday meal.
This post was originally published on June 02, 2016. Last updated on February 26, 2020
Raise your tropical green smoothie and toast to spring!
Okay, I know we’re not officially there yet; there are still three weeks before the equinox but February is nearly behind us. The rain (at least for now) has taken a break. The sun is shining and I couldn’t be more excited. You all know that March is my FAVORITE month, right? Let’s recap:
- Spring starts
- Baseball starts
- My birthday
- Spring break
How many more reasons does one need?
Now that March is near, let’s celebrate with a wholesome and refreshing smoothie. This green smoothie recipe is one of my go-to recipes and, no matter how many times I make it, it never gets old.
Let’s take a closer look.
Common Ingredients for Green Smoothies
With so much variety, there are endless combinations of green smoothies. Common ingredients include:
Fruits and Vegetables
You can add a variety of fruits and greens to your smoothie base. A few of my favorite ingredients are:
- Spinach or Kale
Do make sure that you are using frozen fruit at the base of your vegan smoothies. Frozen fruit provides thick, ice cream-like consistency. When smoothies aren’t properly chilled, the texture can get thick and slimy.
You can also add a variety of superfoods for a healthy boost. A few of my favorite superfoods to add are:
These all have incredible benefits for your mood, energy, heart, and overall health.
While the recipe below is my favorite green smoothie recipe, there are, in truth, endless variations. You can experiment with a different smoothie every day of the week for a fully satisfying breakfast.
Health Benefits of Green Smoothie
This smoothie contains some of the best foods on the planet for overall health. It includes spinach, coconut, chia seeds, bananas, and hemp hearts, all deliciously combined into a smoothie bowl you won’t be able to stop eating.
Among the many health benefits of these added superfoods, are:
- Boosts immune system
- Improves digestion
- Protects again cancer
- Combats age
- Boosts the brain
- Promotes healthy skin, hair, and nail
- Encourages weight loss
Beyond all those incredible benefits, these superfood ingredients are filled with protein, healthy fats, and important vitamins, and minerals.
That’s what I’d call a good meal!
Tips and Tricks
I’ve been making green smoothies weekly for nearly a decade. Here are a few tips and tricks I picked up.
- Make sure your fruit is completely frozen to ensure the right ice cream-like consistency. To freeze the bananas, peel and chop ripe bananas into 1″ pieces. Freeze in a single layer on a baking sheet. When frozen all the way through transfer the banana pieces to a ziplock bag. Return to the freezer and store for up to three months. When ready to use, just toss them in your blender with the rest of your smoothie ingredients.
- Blend your ingredients until they are completely smooth. If your smoothie is too thick, add additional coconut water, 2 tablespoons at a time, until you have a pourable consistency.
- Enjoy your Green Smoothie immediately! Top with extra coconut flakes or chia seeds and enjoy. As smoothies sit out at room temperature, they become thick and slimy.
- Do you have any leftover smoothie? Freeze it in popsicle molds for a healthy midday snack!
Variations and Frequently Asked Questions
This smoothie allows for a lot of variation. For more protein, add your favorite protein powder, extra chia seeds, or nut butter. Almond butter works well! You can also consider adding Maca Powder and Ashwagandha Powder for mood and energy-boosting properties.
Can I use something other than bananas?
Yes! If you want a banana-free option, substitute 1/2 cup silken tofu.
Does this store well?
Unfortunately, no. This vegan smoothie should be eaten enjoyed immediately. If you do have leftover smoothie, freeze it in popsicle molds for a healthy midday snack!
More Vegan Smoothie Recipes
Do you love to start your day off with a delicious and wholesome smoothie? Make sure to check out some of my other favorite smoothie recipes.
- 3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Protein Shake
- Chocolate Hazelnut Smoothie Bowl
- Healthy Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
- Black Forest Smoothie
- Blueberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl
But before you go, make sure to check out the recipe for this Tropical Green Smoothie. Your mind and body will thank you!
Rehydrate yourself with this refreshing tropical green smoothie made with mangos, coconut, bananas, and spinach. Made in just 5 minutes for an energizing and wholesome breakfast.
Keyword: Tropical Super Smoothie
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 196 kcal
Author: Sarah McMinn
Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and process until completely smooth. If it's too thick, add a little more coconut water. Alternatively, if the smoothie is too thin, add a few more pieces of frozen mango and pineapple.
- This vegan smoothie should be eaten enjoyed immediately. If you do have leftover smoothie, freeze it in popsicle molds for a healthy midday snack!
- Feel free to add your favorite superfoods for a healthy boost. Some that I recommend are: Shredded Coconut, Chia Seeds, Hemp Hearts, Maca Powder, Ashwagandha Powder