Tag: Tropical Smoothie

Tropical Smoothie with Coconut Water

Tropical Smoothie with Coconut Water

It’s cold out which means I’m dreaming of the tropics!!! When the tropical craving hits, a trip to the frozen foods section of my grocery store can provide some beachy-inspiration in no time. My tasty 5-ingredient tropical smoothie is just what the doctor ordered!

I start with fresh bananas, then frozen pineapple, frozen mangoes, a fresh orange, and…the last ingredient… drum roll…

Coconut water!  I’m obsessed with the stuff, and always keep it on hand as a nice natural source of electrolytes to drink during and after workouts.  But as it turns out, coconut water is also the perfect light tropical liquid for blending up smoothies!

Just toss all of the ingredients into your Vitamix and puree to perfection.

Whole Foods Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

Whole Foods Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

I went to Whole Foods the other night after spin class and ended up ordering the best smoothie. It’s their Tropical Green Smoothie! It consists of spinach, coconut water, banana, pineapple, and mango.

I love getting smoothies from juice bars and markets when I’m low on time and groceries, but sometimes I don’t think their smoothies are thick enough. My recipe is a little bit thicker but tastes just like theirs! If you like thick smoothies, you are in the right place! But if you like your smoothies a little thinner, no problem, just add some extra coconut water to the recipe!

Whole Foods Tropical Green Smoothie

1/2 – 1 cup coconut water
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 cup mango
huge handful of spinach

Start with 1/2 cup of coconut water and add more if needed or desired. Blend until creamy and smooth.

Vitamix Blending Tips:
Some of you have asked me what settings I use on my blender.
Vitamix blenders can look intimidating, but they are so easy to use!

  • Start by placing all of the ingredients into the blender, followed by the lid, and plunger.
  • I usually start off on variable 5 as I jam all of the ingredients down with the plunger.
  • Once the ingredients have all been pushed to the bottom, I like to bring the variable speed up to 7 or 8 until it starts moving on it’s own without the plunger.
  • Once the ingredients start blending without the help of the trusty Vitamix plunger, I hit the “HIGH” switch and let it run until it blends super smooth and even!