This green smoothie is packed with nutrients and has a sweet tropical taste.
Green Smoothies are a great way to pack in good nutrition and perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or post-workout drink. Especially during the warmer months, I love an ice cold smoothie after a good sweat sesh!
How to Make Your Smoothie Green
The key to making your smoothie a Bright Green color is to keep your fruit a more Neutral color.
The majority of times the smoothies I make are not the prettiest in color because I'll mix all different kinds of fruits. But they say you eat with your eyes and this bright green color just looks Healthy!
What kind of fruit should you use?
My preference is frozen fruit. It saves time, keeps fresh in the freezer, and you can buy pre-mixed varieties.
The mix I used is from Costco and has Pineapple, Mango, Peaches, and Strawberries. I just don't add the strawberries when I want the color to stay green, and instead save those for strawberry banana smoothies.
If you plan on using fresh fruit, then I recommend adding ice for a colder smoothie.
What kind of greens can you use?
In this recipe I used a blend of Baby Kale and Baby spinach. I also like to use just baby spinach. But get creative and try using curly kale or even spring mix greens.
I also like to freeze my greens right before they start going bad and use the frozen greens for smoothies too!
What kind of base can you use?
My base for smoothies is unsweetened vanilla almond milk. It's neutral in taste, but still provides creaminess to the smoothie. Any type of unsweetened nut milk will work too. I recommend unsweetened since the fruit will provide a good amount of sweetness.
Another great option is Coconut Water. It adds to the tropical taste and is a great electrolyte to hydrate after a workout or in the hotter months.
You can also use just plain water as well.
Optional Smoothie Add-Ins
I like to add more nutrition to my smoothies with different add-ins. Here are some of my favorites:
Ground Flax Seeds- They give the smoothie some thickness and have a nutty taste to them. Flax seeds provide protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Chia Seeds- Chia seeds will also add thickness to smoothies, and will thicken as it sits, so I recommend drinking the smoothie right away. They also provide, proten, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Collagen Peptides- I also like to add a scoop of collagen to my smoothies. The benefits for me include decrease joint pain, healthier hair and nails. Collagen peptides has a neutral taste and won't change the consistency of your smoothie.
Vanilla Protein Powder- If you need the smoothie to be a meal replacement, then adding 1-2 scoops of protein powder will add more calories and make it more filling. The Orgain brand is my favorite one.
If you like a nice thick smoothie, then Whole Cashews, Avocado, or Greek Yogurt are all great thickeners.
Making the Smoothie
I recommend using a high speed blender for the best consistency, especially if you are using frozen fruit.
I've had my blendtec for over 6 years now, and it's still going strong!
Now there's quite a few options and brands for high speed blenders.
If the smoothie seems too thick, stop the blender, mix it around and see if that gets things going. Otherwise a little bit more liquid.
Blend on a lower speed first, then speed it up once things get incorporated.
Here are some other Easy Breakfast ideas:
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Tropical Green Smoothie
- 1 Cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk Or you can use any kind of nut milk or coconut water
- 1 Cup Greens I used baby kale and spinach, or just spinach.
- 1 Cup Frozen Tropical Fruit (Mango, Pineapple, and Peaches)
- ½ Frozen or Regular Banana
- 1 Tbsp Flax Seed Optional
- 1 Scoop Collagen Peptides Optional
- Add everything to blender and start on low speed then gradually increase once everything is incorporated. If Smoothie is too thick then add a splash of liquid.
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