This refreshing Green Smoothie recipe features tropical flavors and is a delicious, healthy option for breakfast or enjoy as an afternoon snack. Quick and easy to make and super versatile too! Add a scoop of protein powder for an added boost! Love smoothies? Make sure to try my Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie and Strawberry Mango Smoothie!
Green Smoothies are one of my favorite healthy kick-starts to my day. They are incredibly delicious and loaded with so much good stuff. It’s a simple way to load up on antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals!
I love how it takes just minutes to make which makes it a great option for busy mornings or quick afternoon snacks.
Keep frozen fruit on hand in your freezer to make this green smoothie quickly and easily!
Island Green Tropical Smoothie
This particular green smoothie features tropical flavors from the pineapple and mango as well as the coconut water. It’s light and refreshing and great for breakfast or snacks. It really is the best green smoothie!
This Island Green Smoothie is loaded with tropical flavors and only calls for 5 ingredients! Keep scrolling to find some of my favorite add-ins. You can find the full printable recipe in the recipe card at the end of this post. Let’s take a quick look at what you’ll need:
- frozen banana, pineapple and mango chunks – frozen fruit will give you the best consistency in this smoothie. If you don’t have frozen, feel free to use fresh and consider adding some ice to the mix.
- spinach – you’ll need about 1 cup, packed. That’s a good handful of spinach. See below for more options if you’re not a big spinach fan.
- coconut water – playing into the tropical flavors that we have going on, coconut water is good for you and tastes amazing. I’ve got a long list of other liquids that can be subbed in as well. See below.
Frozen fruit is key when it comes to smoothie consistencies. Plan ahead and freeze the night before if you are using fresh fruit.
How To Make A Green Smoothie
It’s really incredibly simple! Let’s take a quick look at the steps:
- Blend. You need a high quality blender (such as a Vitamix or Ninja) and the ingredients listed above. Place all of the ingredients in the blender, (starting with the liquid, followed by the frozen fruit and then spinach) put the lid on and blend until smooth.
- Check for consistency. Add additional liquid if it’s too thick and add ice or more frozen fruit if it’s too thin.
- Serve. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!
Make A Smoothie Bowl Instead
Want to make a smoothie bowl instead? Reduced the coconut water or whatever liquid you are using to just 1/2 cup. Blend as directed and pour into a bowl. Top with fresh pineapple, banana slices, shredded coconut, chia seeds, flaxseed – whatever your heart desires!
Alternatives To Spinach
While spinach is my go-to greens for this green smoothie, there are so many more options to consider! Here are some equally delicious and nutritions greens to try:
- swiss chard
- collard greens
- avocado (not leafy, but it’s green!)
Pump Up The Protein
This easy smoothie is just bursting with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber! Add some of these protein power-ups to your smoothie to pack a powerful punch:
- Greek yogurt – you can use plain or flavored yogurt just keep in mind the flavored yogurt will have more carbs and sugar added as well as protein.
- protein powder – I think vanilla flavored protein powder goes best with this smoothie. It will make the smoothie slightly thicker so you might want to add a little bit more liquid. Here is the protein powder I use and you can also find it in most stores and even Costco.
- collagen peptides – this is a powder this dissolves in liquids and is great for hair, skin and nails as well as having a ton of protein. This is my current favorite collagen peptides that I’m using. (You can find it at Costco too!) It’s flavorless as well.
- chia seeds – loaded with protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, these little seeds are a great way to add health benefits to this green smoothie.
- flaxseed – great for digestive health!
Variations To Try
coconut water – if you’re not a fan of coconut or simply want to increase the amount of protein in this smoothie, consider these options for the liquid component:
- pineapple juice
- almond milk
- soy milk
- rice milk
- cashew milk
- oat milk
- basically any liquid
fruit – if you aren’t into the tropical island flavors in this green smoothie, considering using different fruit. Try blueberries, strawberries, peaches – any frozen fruit will work! Keep in mind that darker fruit will alter the color of this smoothie, likely turning it from bright green to brown. Still delicious though!
Can this recipe be doubled or tripled? Absolutely. It’s the capacity of your blender that will be the limiting factor.
Can I substitute ingredients? Yes, and we frequently do. When you make this smoothie a few times a week like we do, you’ll end up wanting to sub in other ingredients. Read through my post for ideas for alternatives to spinach, fruit and liquids.
More Smoothie Recipes To Try
- Strawberry Mango Smoothie
- Tropical Sunrise Smoothie
- Peanut Butter and Jelly Smoothie
- Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
- Strawberry Coconut Smoothie
How To Make A Green Smoothie
Best Green Smoothie Recipe
- ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
- ½ cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 large banana sliced and frozen (fresh can be used in a pinch)
- 1 cup spinach or kale, packed
- 1 cup coconut water
- You need a high quality blender (such as a Vitamix or Ninja) and the ingredients listed above. Place all of the ingredients in the blender, (starting with the liquid, followed by the frozen fruit and then spinach) put the lid on and blend until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes.½ cup frozen pineapple chunks, 1 large banana, 1 cup spinach, 1 cup coconut water, ½ cup frozen mango chunks
- Check the consistency of the smoothie. Add additional liquid if it’s too thick and add ice or more frozen fruit if it’s too thin.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy! Top with flaxseed or chia seeds if you like.