This Tropical Green Smoothie has as much scrumptious flavor as it does color. (Seriously, let’s take a moment to appreciate those gorgeous green apple hues.)
If you’re new to the green smoothie world, this recipe’s for you. It has such a high ratio of tropical fruits and creamy yogurt that you won’t even notice the baby spinach, except to admire its color. That’s what makes it great for kids, too!
Sweet frozen mango, frozen pineapple, fresh banana, and creamy organic yogurt is all you need to make this beautiful smoothie.Jump to Recipe
Why put spinach in a smoothie?
More like, why not?!
Spinach is nutrient-dense and contains vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, and calcium… just to name a few. Spinach also is:
- high in antioxidants
- thought to help with memory, blood pressure, metabolism, and inflammation
- thought to protect against heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer
- an anti-inflammatory
Spinach is mild in flavor and most nutrient-dense when eaten raw, which is exactly what makes it the perfect ingredient for a green smoothie.
Plus who doesn’t love putting healthy vegetables into their body first thing in the morning, without even having to work for it?
How to make Tropical Green Smoothie:
While this recipe only has a few ingredients and a few simple steps, it’s important that you follow the instructions in order — especially if you don’t own a very powerful blender! Otherwise, if you put all of the ingredients together at once, you could end up with chunks of spinach in your smoothie. I promise you don’t want that.
Tip: See Recipe Notes in the post below for tips on different add-ins.
First: *The important step* Pack your spinach into your blender cup and add an equal amount of water. Blend 30 seconds, or until you no longer see any spinach. It should just look like green liquid; essentially spinach water. See photo below:
Don’t panic here, I promise the smoothie will turn apple green in the next step.
Second: Add remaining ingredients; frozen mango, frozen pineapple, banana, and yogurt.
Use at-least one frozen ingredient so the smoothie is nice and cold, as well as thick. I try to never use ice cubes in smoothies anymore, as they tend to quite literally water down the flavors of the fresh ingredients.
Tip: Buy a whole fresh pineapple or several mangos in bulk when they go on sale, chop them up, and freeze them in gallon bags to enjoy in smoothies for months to come.
Third: Blend 30-60 seconds, until smooth. Serve in a glass and drink cold.
Serving suggestion: Spoon some chia seeds or hemp seeds on top of your smoothie for added health benefits and aesthetics.
Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe Notes:
- You can prep the ingredients for this smoothie ahead of time and store individual serving bags in your freezer for a green smoothie anytime. Simply 1/2 this recipe and put everything, except for the water, yogurt, and spinach, in a sandwich bag. When ready to eat; blend fresh spinach with water, empty out contents of the bag in your blender cup, and add in yogurt. Some people freeze yogurt in an ice cube tray and then freeze alongside smoothie ingredients, but I have personally not tried this. You can also freeze your spinach, but keep it separate from the rest of the ingredients so you can blend it separately first.
- Wanting to add even more nutrients? Try swapping water for full fat coconut milk, almond milk, oat milk, or coconut water. You can even use pineapple juice, but I recommend using 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup pineapple juice, otherwise the flavor will be overpowered. Please note: if you try any add-in’s, the color of the smoothie will vary.
- If you replace the milk with full fat coconut milk, you should omit the yogurt.
- Looking to add more green? Try adding in a kiwi.
- Tip: Never add any red berries or juices to a green smoothie. Red + green = brown. You will make the ugliest beverage creation to exist. Trust me, been there done that.
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Tropical Green Smoothie
- 1 cup baby spinach - packed
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1 banana
- 2-3 heaping spoonfuls organic plain full-fat yogurt or greek yogurt
- chia or hemp seeds - sprinkled on top of smoothie
- Put a packed cup of spinach into your blender cup, followed by an equal amount of water. Blend 30 seconds, or until there are no longer any bits of spinach – it should resemble green spinach water.
- Add in remaining ingredients; frozen mango, frozen pineapple, banana, and yogurt. Blend 30-60 seconds, or until completely smooth. Serve in a glass. Optional: sprinkle chia or hemp seeds overtop for bonus health and allure.