8 Tropical fruits for green smoothie goodness


PSSST! We are gonna let you in on a little secret.

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. :)

34 Responses to “8 Tropical fruits for green smoothie goodness”

  1. Becky T 7.17.2013 at 1:36 pm #

    Hey Ellie, just starting him on smoothies is a good start because your leafy greens and fruits help to make the prostate healthier. Another thing that is important is fish oil, should take a full-spectrum multi-vitamin for men, I also make sure my husband gets saw palmetto and stinging nettle you can get pills for these but I sometimes just put the herbs in his smoothie and you can also use green tea extract in you smoothies. These all thing that help to keep the prostate healthy.

    I hope this helps him, it is working for my husband.

    • Jadah and Jen 7.18.2013 at 3:12 pm #

      Thanks for giving this great piece of input, Becky!

  2. Ellie 7.7.2013 at 11:59 am #

    Help! Can anyone tell me which vegetables are good for enlarged prostate. I would like to help my father. He drinks a lot of green smoothies. Thank you.

  3. Beth 7.5.2013 at 4:12 pm #

    I discovered spinach smoothies a few weeks ago, so I was excited to find your site even though it is a few days into July. :) I tried kale but really didn’t like it. I’m not sure if the veg was a bit too, um, beyond it’s time or what. I’m willing to give it another try, though! Spinach on the other hand, was a winner from the get-go. I’m looking forward to new recipes!

    • Jen H 7.6.2013 at 10:45 pm #

      Glad to have you exploring the leafy greens Beth! Some will be easier for your taste buds than others—spinach is always a winner in my book. And overtime I have grown to enjoy kale— it’s amazing how your tastebuds adapt over time to new flavors. Maybe give the kale another shot in a few weeks and see what you think. I have a feeling it might be a winner. :)

  4. Leslie 7.5.2013 at 5:40 am #

    Ladies, i am living these smoothies. For those looking for guava i was advised to check at an Asian market.

  5. Stefani 7.2.2013 at 6:42 pm #

    I’m excited about doing the smoothie challenge again! My first time doing the challenge was in April and I must say I was a bit hesitant at first. However, by the second week I felt like a pro, lol. I initially joined the challenge as my way of doing something seemingly consistent for an extended period of time. This is something that I struggle with because I bore easily. The challenge was good for me because not only did I discover that I can actually commit to something for an extended period, but I was also being good to my body by fueling it with various greens and fruits. I found myself having more energy and coupled with my Bikram yoga I noticed that my skin was clearer and radiant. Thank you ladies for sharing with myself and others the awesome benefits of drinking green smoothies. Keep up the great work!

  6. Carolyn 7.2.2013 at 2:27 pm #

    This is my first green smoothie challenge and I am very much enjoying the taste much to my suprise.Thanks so much for this, still have to try the kale.

  7. Frieda 7.2.2013 at 7:01 am #

    I love green smoothies and your 30 day challenge help keep me in check!
    I joined the last 30 day challenge in April and felt great! Thank you for the constant encouragement!

  8. Carleen 7.2.2013 at 6:08 am #

    I LOVEEEE green smoothies. I have been having one for breakfast every single morning for the past few months & I swear they have helped improve my skin. I use power greens (mix of bok choy, kale & spinach), chia seeds, frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries…whatever is on hand), 1/2 scoop of vanilla protein powder, PB2, almond milk & 1/4 cup oats. My skin has not been this clear & bright in 28 years!

  9. sandra 7.1.2013 at 9:04 pm #

    Thanks for the challange and support!
    So much fruit will be too much for me. Is it okay for me to replace with some other veggies like carrot and chard, then use mango, bluberry and lemon?

  10. Terre Churchill 7.1.2013 at 1:30 pm #

    Help! Can anyone tell me where to find the guava’s. I live in Chino Hills Ca and I have been to Von’s, Albertsons, Costco, Sprouts, Trader Joes and 99cent Ranch Market and can not find guava’s fresh or frozen.

  11. Mary Beth 6.30.2013 at 6:44 pm #

    Can you add Greek yogurt or protein powder to get more protein in the smoothies? Also what about adding Chai seeds or Flax seeds?

    • Jenti 7.2.2013 at 5:33 am #

      Mary Beth, I have tried all of the above! My faves are the powder and the flaxseed…I don’t enjoy either on their own so like to hide them in my smoothies. I routinely add 2-3 scoops of protein powder and a tablespoon or two of flax seeds…you can’t even tell it’s there! Tons of peeps add greek yogurt too (I don’t because I like to eat mine
      on its own!).

    • Jadah and Jen 7.3.2013 at 8:45 am #

      We prefer chia and flax seeds :-)

  12. Marlene 6.30.2013 at 6:32 pm #

    We are doing this as a family but my son can’t eat kiwi. What can i put in place of the kiwi?

  13. Nina 6.29.2013 at 7:13 pm #

    I can’t make the first smoothies given that it is winter in Australia and I cannot get papaya or guava – I doubt I’d be able to get some of the other fruits too :( Guess I’ll save the recipe and do my own 30 day challenge when tropical fruit is available in South Australia

  14. Carla Caraveo 6.29.2013 at 2:17 am #

    Super excited! I love the pineapple with banana and spinach I fairly new at this so excited to learn more

  15. Dev M 6.28.2013 at 9:37 am #

    My favorite half water half almond milk, kale or spinach with banana, strawberries, blueberries, or avacado, mango, or pineapples , whey protein powder, flax seed :)

  16. Ruby 6.28.2013 at 12:25 am #

    Very excited about the upcoming 30-Day Green Smoothie/July Challenge! It’s my first green smoothie challenge, I love all your healthy/helpful information on your website and social sites! Do you have a Twitter account as well?

  17. Mary Beth 6.27.2013 at 8:06 pm #

    I am so excited about the 30 day challenge! My sister got me started about a month ago on green smoothies! I am nervous and excited about trying new smoothies I usually am one to stick to the one I like best, hoping to be brave with the Kale!

  18. Dee 6.27.2013 at 3:24 pm #

    I like peaches and banana with pineapple and pinch of honey. Thank you now I can explore different flavors in the the morning and I look forward into the 30 day challenge.

  19. Nanette Haynes 6.27.2013 at 2:03 pm #

    I have a green smoothie with tropical fruit each morning and sometimes for lunch or dinner, too. Living in Florida, I usually include a Mango, as it is my favorite. I mix it with a Banana, some Blueberries or Sapodilla if I have it on hand, organic, virgin coconut oil, veggie protein powder and a big handful of Spinach. Every time I drink it, I think to myself, how can something that tastes so good be so good for you!! You can also add some flax or chia seeds in the mixer for extra fiber!

  20. Marquita Thomas 6.27.2013 at 11:47 am #

    Just received my shopping list!! Very excited!! My only concern is the coconut. I’m not a huge fan of coconut, but I’m always willing to try new things. In preparation for this challenge I tried coconut water… Yuck!!! I’m hoping the fruits and veggies cut the coconut taste a little bit.

    • Jadah and Jen 6.28.2013 at 8:24 am #

      The taste of coconut water is masked way better when you blend it with fruits and veggies :-)

  21. Chelly 6.27.2013 at 9:49 am #

    This will be my first juice challenge. I am looking forward to starting off the day with a smoothie because I think it will help me make better food choices going forward. I am also looking forward to having more energy and becoming a healthier person. So glad I found you guys. Let’s go!

  22. sharretta 6.27.2013 at 8:27 am #

    The July 2013 challenge will be my first. I just received an email with my week 1 shopping list and the link to this article was included. I’ve read all through the website before registering for the 30 day challenge, and I’m AMPED and ready to go! I love smoothies – I’ve acclimated to the taste of them with kale, collards, spinach, superfood powders and wheat grass – so flavor won’t be my challenge. My challenge will be consistency. But, I’m ready!!

  23. Shavone 6.27.2013 at 7:07 am #

    I have lost a total of 12 lbs. & 4 oz. (Yes, I said ounces) and now a dress size 8 (I was a 12/14 after having Tyler). I started with the 30 day challenge in April and continued from there.
    I drink a 8 oz. of hot lemon water to cleanse followed by a big nice jar of Green Goodness!!! (I only do it Mon-Fri.) I purchased the Nutri-Bullet @ Bath, Bed and Beyond (with a 20% off coupon) *just go to their website and sign up for emails*

    • Olivia 6.27.2013 at 8:11 am #

      Hello Shavone,

      Congratulations on your weight loss! How often did you drink green smoothies? Just as 1 meal replacement or all through the day ?

      Thank you in advance. Have a great day! (:

  24. Deysi Mejia 6.27.2013 at 6:40 am #

    Thank you for all the great tips and info..Really have become a green smoothie fan!! You guys are awesome motivators as well! im enjoying a berry smoothie this morning yum yum! Ready for the July challenge :)

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