Tropical is almost always correlated to summer. After all, the tropics have the unfair advantage of sunny skies, beautiful beaches, high surf and of course delicious fruits. Understandably, not all of us have the opportunity to holiday in the tropics, but we can certainly put use to the fruits we have with us by making refreshing tropical smoothies. Here are 5 interesting, but easy to make tropical smoothie recipes that you can try!
Bizarre Blueberries Smoothie
Did you ever come across smoothies combining absolutely bizarre ingredients? Well, this is one of those, except this tropical smoothie only sounds weird. With the mellow tartness of the blueberries mixing with the peppery-sweet of the basil, it’s a match made in heaven. Apart from the taste, this smoothie is bursting with antioxidants and nutrients and can be a really good breakfast smoothie.
frozen bananas (2)
frozen blueberries (2 cups)
fresh basil leaves (about 10 leaves)
nut/seed/almond/ peanut/cashew butter (2 tablespoons)
pure maple syrup (1 tablespoon)
ground flax seeds (2 tablespoons)
unsweetened almond milk (or milk of choice) 2 + cups
Method: Blend the ingredients together, until smooth.
Recipe Courtesy: Blueberries
There’s nothing more tropical than the combination of pineapple and avocado. Add shredded coconut to it, and you’ve transported yourself to an exotic island, escaping the winter reality for a while. Avocado is not just an Instagram trend, but is considered to be a super fruit rich in nutrients and vitamins.
protein powder made with pea or hemp/flax (3 tbsp)
water (4 – 6 oz)
unsweetened vanilla almond milk (4 – 6 oz)
frozen pineapple pieces (1 cup)
small piece of avocado – 1/5 of a large avocado or 1⁄4 of a small one
coconut oil (1 tbsp)
shredded unsweetened coconut (1 tbsp)
Method: Blend the ingredients together and enjoy the tropical smoothie.
Recipe Courtesy: goop.com
Breakfast Banana Berry Tropical Smoothie
This is for those days when you don’t have enough time to eat an elaborate breakfast and instead grab a granola bar to go. This tropical smoothie gives you both, i.e, a 5 minute prep breakfast and a vitamin laden, filling breakfast smoothie.
2 (6-oz) containers Yogurt – strawberry, mixed berry or red raspberry
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup fresh strawberry halves or raspberries
1 banana, sliced
2 pouches (1.5 oz each) crunchy granola bars (4 bars)
Place the yogurt, milk, sliced strawberry and banana in the blender.
Add to that 3 broken granola bars.
Blend for about 30 seconds until smooth.
Recipe Courtesy: Tablespoon
Quintessential Strawberry Smoothie
This smoothie is a perfect way to end your romantic moonlight date as desert. It’s made from the quintessential combination of strawberries and dark chocolate, creating a palette of the contrasting flavors of bitter and sweet meeting to form a delicious smoothie.
3/4 cup almond milk (coconut milk, skim milk, or 2% will work as well)
2 medium bananas
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/4 cup Greek yogurt (plain, strawberry or vanilla)
3 tsp cocoa powder
1 Tbsp honey (optional–if you prefer your smoothie not as sweet, feel free to omit)
Blend the ingredients together on medium-high, until smooth. Garnish with chocolate chips, or vanilla ice cream, and enjoy!
Recipe Courtesy: A Latte Food
Watermelon Waltz Smoothie
The sweet,juicy watermelon combined with tart kiwi and rich vanilla yogurt makes for a great smoothie and can transport you to the tropics
2 cups seedless watermelon chunks
Kiwis 2, peeled and diced
Vanilla yogurt – 2 cups
1 cup ice
Method: Blend the ingredients together,until smooth. Garnish with mint for a refreshing flavor!
Recipe Courtesy: Babble
To get the most optimal results from these fruits, we recommend using a high quality blender from Vitamix.