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Tropical fruits are an easy way to mask some serious greens.
When you are just beginning the green smoothie journey, the taste of spinach and kale might not be a winner to your tastebuds. Well these 8 tropical fruits are gonna be your new BFF when it comes to spinach-masking and smoothie-making.
8 Tropical Fruits for Green Smoothie Goodness
Pineapple is the perfect tropical fruit to sweeten summer smoothies. Not only does it taste great with leafy greens, but it is also stocked with vitamin C, manganese and copper. Vitamin C has diverse health benefits for our bodies, which makes it an important nutrient for overall health. Manganese is an essential element the human body, and copper–though only needed in small amounts–helps those who struggle with anemia. Try it frozen to cool down those hot summer months!
Mangos are sweet and make your smoothies extra creamy–not to mention they have lots of vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber. Just like vitamin C, vitamin A does a lot of great things for your body, but one of our favorites is the way that it fights diseases. Potassium fights hard for your heart and blood, and fiber keeps your digestive tract regular. Mangos are also a great substitute for bananas in green smoothies. Their soluble fiber helps bind the smoothies into a creamy consistency and boosts the sweetness naturally. Make sure you peel the skin and take out the core, and then toss the rest in your blender for a smooth beverage.
Coconut has been a rising star in the past few years— praised for it’s high amount of good cholesterol (HDL Cholesterol) which decreases risk of cardiovascular disease. So, how should coconut be used in green smoothies? You can use coconut water or milk as a liquid base, coconut oil as an added ingredient (and flavor boost), or even sprinkle coconut flakes on top for that unique, tropical touch!
Papaya is another soft and buttery fruit that will make your smoothie extra creamy. It has a sweet and musky taste, and the peppery seeds are edible, too! Papaya has lots of vitamin C and potassium–much like many other tropical fruits. It also helps to digest protein with the enzyme papain, which is useful for all the protein superfood lovers out there! Though it is available all year, papaya is cheaper while it is peaking during the summer months.
Like many of its tropical fruit friends, guava contains high amounts of vitamin C (four times the amount of an orange!), and also has healthy doses of Vitamin A, fiber and potassium. It is juicy with a sweet & sour taste reminiscent of strawberries and pears. You can blend the rind and the seeds inside, or you can cut the fruit in half and scoop out he inside parts you would like to blend. Either way, adding guava to your smoothies will make your body and taste buds happy!
Bananas are one of our hardest working tropical fruits at Simple Green Smoothies. We LOVE using them as natural sweeteners, and they make smoothies a creamy consistency. They have loads of potassium, which is great for people with high blood pressure. Bananas also help protect against stomach ulcers by lining the stomach with mucus and eliminating ulcer causing bacteria. Bananas go great with just about any smoothie, just make sure you peel the skin off first!
Avocados probably aren’t everyone’s first choice to use in smoothies, but their health benefits and and smooth taste may make you think twice. They have lots of fiber that help to produce efficient digestion and make you feel full. They also have B vitamins (kickstarts your metabolism and gives your skin a healthy tone) and Vitamin K (increases bone health). They do have a slightly higher level of fat, but not all fat is bad. The monosaturated fat that it contains lowers bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol), but because of the fat content they should not be consumed everyday. Enjoy them on a semi-regular basis to make your smoothies creamy and extra green!
With the skin on, or not, kiwi is a sweet and tart fruit that will add a kick to your taste buds with shots of potassium, fiber, and vitamin C. They are great for green smoothies because they act as a natural sweetener and are easy to toss in–just be sure to remove the sticker before you do! Any green smoothie with kiwi is the perfect pool side companion making your beverage look almost as good as you do!
What’s your favorite tropical combination?
Share in the comments below. I am lovin’ pineapple and coconut milk mixed together for a creamy refreshing summer green smoothie. All I need is the beach. 🙂