6 Amazing Tropical Smoothies That Will Change Your Life

I have been making smoothies for years. I find them to be delectable, sweet, and irresistible. Personally, I like making smoothies with vegetables because you don’t even know they’re there. But as the title of this article suggests, today we will mainly cover the smooth goodness of fruit smoothies… mmm.

Smoothies are a great way to maintain your health, physically, emotionally, and mentally. They give you that blast of energy needed to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Although I find myself making smoothies for all meals, I definitely make them most for breaks. What can I say? Having them first thing in the morning just gives me the added energy I need to tackle my day.

But my favorite part about them is how little effort they take to create and consume. You literally put your ingredients in a blender, pulse, pour, sip, and move on with the day. Which brings me to my next point:

Loading the blender.

Trust me, I know the struggle when it comes to garbage blenders. Until I moved out and went to college, I had to make smoothies with my mom’s vintage 1980’s blender. It had lost a lot of power and sharpness on the blades, so loading it properly was key. If you’re going through the struggle right now, here is how you should load your ingredients.

smoothies

As this picture would suggest, you want to put your liquids first, soft fruit on top of that, and solid items (ice, flaxseed, etc.), on top of that. This will ensure a perfectly smooth smoothie, every time.

And as with all my recipes, there is no limitation to creativity. Tons of great recipes can derive from one with just a little bit of imagination, and especially when it comes to smoothies. Let your imagination be your guide.

But I will warn you, there are some limitations and diet restriction when it comes to smoothies.

If you are on a certain diet you will want to avoid or add certain ingredients to satisfy dietary needs.

This is especially true for the ketogenic diet. If you or anyone in your family is on the ketogenic diet you will want to be careful. The carb intake of these are pretty high, and for that reason I certainly do not recommend these smoothie recipes for you.

But if you do want to try some of these while living the keto-life, you’re not completely out of luck. Adding fruit extracts is a delicious way to flavor your smoothie without the added carbs. Adding chocolate, peanut butter, or a higher fat dairy food, such as homogenized milk should work well to match the fat content needed for your diet.

If you’re on the Mediterranean diet you will be happy to know that fruits are on your list of must-haves. To make a total Mediterranean smoothie all you need to do is add some high fat seeds or nuts such as sunflower seeds, almonds, or walnuts.

You may also consider adding some whole grains such as amaranth, barley, or buckwheat.

If you’re on the paleo diet you might want to avoid the dairy. But as you know, milk can easily be replaced with almond milk.

And now, for the really fun part – tropical smoothie recipes!

Strawberry Delight

Strawberry Delight Smoothie

strawberry delight smoothie

This is a great recipe for jazzing up. The ingredients listed are really just a base, so feel free to add whichever flavors and extras you feel necessary! Making smoothies doesn’t have to be boring, so experiment, experiment, experiment!

It’s only after you try new and exotic flavors in your smoothie that you will really gain a respect and knowledge of the ingredients. Don’t be shy. Sometimes adding strange, new ingredients can enhance and play well with what’s already included in a recipe.

This smoothie is great for starting your engine in the morning. For those days when you really don’t want to get out of that warm and cozy bed. It’s high in protein and carbs. Both of which give you energy and keep you full.

But one of my favorite parts of this smoothie is the Greek yoghurt. It’s delicious! Not to mention a great way to add creamy consistency while getting all of your quality calories and nutrients. It’s packed full of protein and the plain variety has no sugars. It does a great job of protecting the immune system and fighting off bad bacteria in your gut. It beats out traditional yoghurt brands in my household every time.

Finding a good Greek yogurt isn’t too hard. Best of all, some of the best brands are the cheapest. Fage is one brand that offers a deliciously smooth taste and low sugar content. Greek Gods is another great brand. That brand keeps it simple yet tasting great. And finally, while Chobani Greek yogurt has a higher sugar content than most of the others it’s still a good brand of yogurt. Although maybe it should be saved for dessert…

But enough about the Greeks and their amazing yoghurt. Here’s that smoothie recipe you came for. 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups strawberries (you can use fresh or frozen)
  • ½ cup plain Greek yoghurt
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions

  1. If using frozen strawberries, place them out to thaw.
  2. Slice strawberries 3-4 times each.
  3. Put the strawberries, plain Greek yoghurt, ice, honey, and lemon juice into a blender.
  4. Blend ingredients until smooth and well combined.
  5. Pour, serve, and enjoy!
Nutrient Breakdown:
Calories – 221
Fat in grams – 3
Carbs in grams – 38
Fiber in grams – 5
Protein in grams – 13

Pina Colada

Pina Colada Smoothie

pina colada smoothie

I drink this during the coldest Canadian days to remind me of a place that’s a sunny, relaxing, and inviting. This is a great smoothie to add as a mid-day pick me up. Or if the feelings right, it goes great with a little Bacardi Oakheart Spiced Rum to finish off a stressful day.

If you’re feeling like you need a vacation, don’t look much further than this dandy. It’s great to sip while you imagining laying out on a sunny white beach (as I do a lot…). You can even add an umbrella to really set the mood.

If you want to add a healthy kick to your little summer surprise, remember to sprinkle in some flax seed for that added fiber and good fat. You may not want to jazz this smoothie up with too many strange flavors though-it will take away from its tropical goodness.

Ingredients

  • 1 banana (preferably with brown spots – those ones are the sweetest!)
  • ½ cup pineapple
  • ½ cup mango
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed

Directions

  1. Dice up the pineapple and mango and make sure you have a ½ cup of each.
  2. Put the banana, pineapple, mango, coconut milk, ice, and flaxseed in the blender.
  3. Pulse and blend until smooth and well combined.
  4. Pour, serve, and enjoy!
Nutrient Breakdown:
Calories – 367
Fat in grams – 22
Carbs in grams – 44
Fiber in grams – 8
Protein in grams – 5

Fruit Farm

Fruit Farm Smoothie

fruit farm smoothie

I gave this recipe this name because that’s exactly what it is! A blend of delicious tropical fruit found across all tropical farms. The blend is perfect to wake you up with a smile.

In fact, I used to call it the “morning miracle” smoothie back in university. It seemed that no matter how hungover my friends were, this nutrient filled smoothie always brought them back to life. Like magic and without fail! Not saying that you should develop a drinking habit or anything. All I’m trying to say is that this is some pretty powerful stuff.

It does have a lot of calories, but they’re healthy calories! They’ll give you all the fuel you need for a great start to the day. And they’ll even leave you with a healthy glow. Take that, blush and contour palette.

I strongly suggest you look into MaxPro Protein Powder in the orange flavor. It’s truly one of the best protein powders I’ve ever tried in my life. And the pungent orange flavor will really help enhance your smoothies’ natural flavor. Protein powder is also great for keeping you full while promoting lean, defined muscles. You just cannot go wrong with this stuff.

I also add some flaxseed to this one for that added health kick. It’s an amazing superfood with numerous health benefits. And possibly the longest cultivated one too! Our grandparents of 6000 years ago first discovered it, and it’s stayed steady in our diets ever since. Probably since it’s full of lots of good stuff like Omega-3’s, fiber, protein, vitamin B-1, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorus. All those vitamins and nutrients really do us good!

Flaxseed is known to be great for osteoporosis, detoxification, promoting digestive and gut health, anti-aging, fighting colds and flu, fat loss and weight management, reducing sugar cravings and unnecessary appetite, boosting hair and skin health, and so much more!

Not to mention that flaxseed is low in carbs but really high in fiber. Its fiber content is important in supporting detoxification, fat loss, and reducing sugar cravings.

And on top of all this, flaxseed is also gluten free. So all you people with celiac disease and gluten intolerance – you’re safe! Not to mention, blessed with an unbelievably healthy source of fiber. It can even be used to make breads, muffins, cupcake, pies, cakes, and pizza dough amongst many other things (I sense a new blog post coming on…)

Flax is so amazing that it may even be used in the fight against cancer. It’s been shown to be effective in fighting breast, ovarian, prostate and colon cancer. The cancer fighting lignans found in flax naturally balance hormones which may be the reason for a decreased risk of breast cancer.

(These lignans are also great when it comes to balancing menopausal symptoms. So ladies, if you’re feeling the heat, remember your flax!)

Well, I think we covered all of the super healthy benefits of flax… Let’s get to the yummy recipe, shall we?

The fruit farm smoothie is another smoothie you shouldn’t be afraid to add a little jazz too. The ingredients are pretty basic so it’s got a lot of room for improvement and changes. This recipe is just as delicious as is though…

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups frozen tropical fruit (they sell variations in bags of just about every freezer aisle)
  • 1 banana (preferably with brown spots – those ones are the sweetest!)
  • 1 scoop orange protein powder (totally optional)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 tablespoon flaxseed

Directions

  1. Put the frozen tropical fruit, banana, orange protein powder, orange juice, ice, and flaxseed in the blender.
  2. Pulse and blend until ingredients are smooth and well combined.
  3. Pour, serve, and enjoy!

Nutrient Breakdown:
Calories – 519
Fat in grams – 4
Carbs in grams – 89
Fiber in grams – 9
Protein in grams – 37

Pineapple Dream

Pineapple Dream Smoothie

pineapple dream smoothie

The secret to this creamy, luxurious yet refreshing recipe? Using the juice of the pineapple instead of the pineapple itself! There are absolutely no bits left behind which is what gives this recipe such a smooth and creamy texture.

Smooth and luxurious, like a dream! This is one of my all-time favorites in the summer. I’ll be craving it while poolside or after a bike ride in the heat. It’s tangy, tropical, and downright refreshing!

It’s actually so savory that I’ll make it for dessert a lot. Yet since it only has 212 calories, and they’re all nutritious calories, there’s absolutely no guilt! It’s the perfect way to end off a blistering hot day (or remind yourself of the warmer days to come…!)

Feel free to choose whichever milk you like. I just prefer almond milk because it has a neutral flavor, is kind to cows, and is also pretty cheap. It ticks all my boxes!

I know it sounds weird to put vanilla in a drink like this, but it’s just one of those things that makes the flavors in this smoothie come alive! The savory flavor of vanilla actually compliments the tangy flavors of pineapple and orange juice. Who would have known?

Ingredients

  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice (straight from the juicer or straight from the store shelves! Just watch out for sneaky added sugars and preservatives)
  • ¼ cup almond milk
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • Dash of vanilla

Directions

  1. Put the ice, pineapple juice, almond milk, orange juice, and vanilla in a blender.
  2. Pulse and blend until smooth and ingredients are well combined.
  3. Pour, serve, and enjoy!
Nutrient Breakdown:
Calories – 212
Fat in grams – 15
Carbs in grams – 21
Fiber in grams – 2
Protein in grams – 2

Luna

Luna Smoothie

In Hawaiian, luna means boss. And this smoothie is definitely the boss of all smoothies. I love to drink this smoothie on a hot summers day by the pool with my best friends. We all feel pretty bossy after enjoying these fruity delights…

I will warn you though, these are hefty in the fat department. Although some healthy fats are good for us, they’re only good in moderation. That being said, if you’re watching your waistline, just be sure to drink these in moderation as well.

And if you want to cut the fat, take out the coconut oil. It gives this recipe a creamy texture, but is totally unnecessary if you binged on chips earlier in the day (hey, it happens to the best of us…)

Choosing the right coconut water is extremely important. Good coconut water is made from young coconuts. Aging coconuts produce milk instead of water. But thankfully, finding a good, reliable coconut water isn’t as hard as you may think.

There are plenty to choose from. But be careful, some brands add extra sugar and preservatives. And a good coconut water is made with high pressure processing rather than heat pasteurization.

Some trusted brands include Invo. Invo harvests only young Thai coconuts and even carries lime and pineapple infused juices. Another great brand is Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Coconut Water.

Coconut water of those standards is rich in electrolytes. If you didn’t already know, electrolytes are minerals that carry an electrical charge. We need to maintain a balance of electrolytes so we maintain blood acidity, muscle action, and health and happiness in general.

Tinier benefits of coconut water include the boost of potassium it gives you, which is needed to help maintain our hearts and build strong muscles. It will also cure a hangover, act as a good pre-workout supplement, decrease risk of high cholesterol, liver disorders, and kidney stones, speed up rates of fat loss, maintain and stimulate the immune system, and detoxify if need be.

The best part? It’s super cheap. I can usually find it for $1/can around where I live. Needless to say, I always try to keep some coconut water stocked. It won’t only taste great in smoothies, but it will greatly benefit your life as well.

But I think that’s enough about the great benefits of coconut water. Here’s that boss recipe for Luna Smoothies… coming right up!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana (preferably with brown spots – those ones are the sweetest!)
  • ¾ cup pineapple, diced
  • ½ cup plain yoghurt
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • ½ tablespoon coconut oil, melted

Directions

  1. Put the banana, pineapple, plain yoghurt, coconut water, and coconut oil in the blender.
  2. Pulse and blend until ingredients are well combined and smooth.
  3. Pour, serve, and enjoy!

Nutrient Breakdown:
Calories – 260
Fat in grams – 8
Carbs in grams – 48
Fiber in grams – 5
Protein in grams – 6

Pink Sunset

Pink Sunset Smoothie

pink sunset smoothie

This smoothie is gorgeous in more ways than taste. After you blend it, pour it into a clear glass cup and see for yourself. The ingredients settle in a way that they fade from orange to pink – resembling a pink summertime sunset! It’s perfect for impressing your friends. I make them at parties, and sometimes mix them with alcohol if the mood is right.

Lemon juice makes it tangy and refreshing, while the mango and coconut water make it sweet and savory. Putting these flavors together really creates an unforgettable taste experience. Delicious. Refreshing. Tangy. Savory. Sweet. And creamy. Need I say more?

Lemons are an extreme super food and have many great benefits for the body. To begin they are alkalizing to the body, which helps restore your body’s PH to healthy levels. Lemon juice is also high in vitamin C, an essential antioxidant, as well as flavonoids which are essential for fighting off flus and colds.

On top of this, lemons are also well known for their cancer fighting agents. These yellow balls of sunshine are mighty and powerful in the world of food in more ways than one. Not only will you get tang and zest, but some pretty amazing health benefits too.

Again, you will want to be careful when picking a brand of coconut water. Some of the brands out there add unwanted ingredients. Again, the brands I use and trust are Invo and Harmless Harvest 100% Raw Coconut Water.  Whole food stores carry them, but I’ve seen them at places like Zehrs, Sobeys, Costco, and even Walmart before too. Keep your eyes peeled for sales and stock up. Coconut water takes years to go bad!

Ingredients

  • 1 banana (preferably with brown spots – those ones are the sweetest!)
  • ¾ cup coconut water
  • ½ cup pineapple, diced
  • ½ cup mango, diced
  • ¼ cup ice
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Pineapple and cherry to garnish (optional)

Directions

  1. Put the banana, pineapple, mango, coconut water, and lemon juice in a blender.
  2. Pulse and blend until ingredients are smooth and well combined.
  3. Pour, serve, and enjoy!

Nutrient Breakdown:
Calories – 217
Fat in grams – 1
Carbs in grams – 54
Fiber in grams – 4
Protein in grams – 2

There are so many great smoothies to choose from here. I know you are going to have a hard time picking which to make first… At least, I always do!

But whichever you pick, remember to savor and enjoy every moment you’re sipping on it. Not only will your taste buds love it, but the rest of your body will too!

 

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