This is one of my all-time favorite smoothie recipes. It’s healthy, but it’s also sweet, smooth, and green. What a treat!
Whether it’s dumping snow or unseasonably warm, I think we can all agree that a tropical smoothie just tastes great. I don’t know what it is about this tasty treat, but I just love it so much—no matter what time of the year it is.
I think one of the reasons I love this recipe so much is because it includes extra nutrients (aka spirulina and avocado) and yet the kids still love it, too! It’s just such a great pinch-hitter in my house, since it pleases everyone.
The smoothie is so thick, you need to eat it with a spoon and the flavor centers around my favorite kind of fruit. TROPICAL. Something about the creamy coconut and avocado blended with the sweet yet mellow mango and banana makes my taste buds sing with happiness. YUM!
My body also hums on this smoothie, because it has a wonderful balance of carbohydrates and healthy fats. This means there are no blood sugar crashes after eating this smoothie, despite the fact that it’s got a ton of fruit in it. It is also loaded with enzymes and antioxidants, nature’s housekeeping crew, so it’s a great “detox” breakfast after a night (or a few days) of heavy eating.
And for extra brownie points, babies LOVE this smoothie. (Well, at least Griffin does and he has a picky palate, so I think I can deduce that most babies will love it too!)
Here’s a video of me and baby Griffin making the smoothie together.
Tropical Spirulina Smoothie Ingredients
This smoothie is so easy to make. It comes together with just a few pantry staples—just make sure you have the right ingredients frozen first. While you can make it with fresh, it won’t be nearly as thick and creamy, and that’s one of the best parts of this treat!
- 2 cups of chopped mango, preferably frozen
- 1 frozen banana, without the skin (Always peel your banana before freezing it, otherwise you’ll be stuck! I like to cut up any bananas that look like they’re about to turn and stick them in a glass jar in the freezer, so they don’t go to waste!)
- 1 c. coconut milk (You can use my DIY recipe. But if you use canned coconut milk, try Trader Joe’s brand or Native Forest, since they use BPA free cans.)
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 to 1.5 teaspoons of spirulina powder
- For an added boost of protein, you can add Collagen Peptides or vegan Pea Protein (Note: This is totally OPTIONAL.)
Mango Spirulina Smoothie Directions
A commercial-grade blender will ensure all of the ingredients get super smooth and creamy fast, but any blender will do the trick.
- Coarsely chop your frozen banana and put it into the blender with 1 cup of coconut milk. Puree until fully blended and nice and creamy.
- Add your mango and puree until fully blended and creamy.
- Add your avocado and spirulina powder and puree until fully blended and creamy.
- Pour into a cool cup and enjoy the treat with a spoon!
Whip one up and let me know how you like it!
How about YOU?
What recipes do you feel healthy eating?