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Tropical Smoothie Recipe

Take a mini-vacay to the beach with this delicious tropical smoothie recipe.

Our senses of smell and taste have the magical power to transport us directly back to any memory. It’s amazing. This tropical smoothie recipe does that for me. I love traveling to tropical places and spending plenty of time at the beach. I’m a California girl living in Florida, but I’ll never tire of the ocean!

For this tropical smoothie recipe, I’ve included an array of tropical fruits and coconut water blended with a big handful of spinach. Can you imagine how awesome it would be to have a frosty glass of this smoothie poolside?

While we are on the subject of travel and green smoothies, be sure to check out this post for tips on blending while you’re away from home.

Why your Smoothies Don’t Need Added Sugar

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t typically limit my fruit intake. I enjoy fruit when I’m in the mood as part of a well-rounded, healthy diet.

I know that’s not always the case for everyone. Those who need to  watch their blood sugar should consult with a medical professional before blending.

In any case, I love using fruit to sweeten my smoothies – no processed sugar needed! After I started blending up my own smoothies at home I realized just how much sugar those smoothies bars were adding to their smoothies. Totally unnecessary!

Tropical Smoothie Recipe | SimpleGreenSmoothies.com #vegan #plantbased #spinachsmoothie

Your Tastebuds Will Adjust and You’ll Start Craving a Daily Green Smoothie

If you’re new to green smoothies, your tastebuds will go through a little adjustment phase as they recalibrate towards the natural sweetness of fruit and other flavors. Some smoothies will taste sweeter than others. If you’re someone who has a sweet tooth, start by blending smoothies made with tropical fruits.

Tropical fruit adds the most sweetness to smoothies due to their higher sugar content. Lower sugar fruits include berries, bananas, stone fruits, apples, and pears. They are also sweet, but not as sweet as tropical fruit.

As your tastebuds adjust and when you’re ready, start blending other fruits. You’ll find that all fruit starts to taste sweeter and more flavorful now that sugar isn’t masking the other flavors. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself craving a daily dose of leafy green goodness.

Fruit Sugar Isn’t The Bad Guy

Fruit isn’t just full of sugar, With the natural sugar in fruit comes plenty of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, etc., etc., not to mention dietary fiber.

Dietary fiber helps prevents blood sugar spikes by slowing things down as they move down the line so your body can absorb the nutrients at an even keel. You will stay full for longer and that same dietary fiber will help with keeping your regular.

Where would you like to be sipping this tropical smoothie: beach or poolside?
Tropical Smoothie Recipe | SimpleGreenSmoothies.com #vegan #plantbased #spinachsmoothie

Tropical Smoothie Recipe

  • Author: Jen
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Drinks, Beverages
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Healthy


As the weather cools down, this smoothie will have you thinking back to the glory days of summer. This smoothie is also known as Hawaiian Breeze.



  • 1 cup fresh spinach
  • 1/2 cup coconut water, unsweetened
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup mango
  • 1/2 banana


1. Blend spinach, coconut water, and orange together until smooth.
2. Add remaining fruit and blend again.


Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold or serve over ice.

Keywords: tropical smoothie recipe, tropical smoothie, hawaiian smoothie, pineapple smoothie

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  1. Bethany Vines

    January 22nd, 2019 at 5:15 pm

    Yummy! I really like this one. Great taste, and nice and thick!

  2. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 24th, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    So glad that you enjoyed it, Bethany!

  3. Anita

    January 22nd, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Pleasant and just right sweet taste,beautiful combination five stars

  4. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 24th, 2019 at 1:40 pm

    Yay!! Thanks for that awesome feedback, Anita!!

  5. Laura White

    January 22nd, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Tastes fresh and sweet like summer even when it’s 10° outside.

  6. Beth

    January 22nd, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    I really enjoyed the refreshing, tropical flavor of this smoothie! I will definitely be making this again.

  7. Valerie W

    January 22nd, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Loved the flavor combo of this one!

  8. Windy

    January 22nd, 2019 at 11:23 pm

    My favorite so far

  9. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 24th, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Yay!! SO happy this one is a winner for you 🙂

  10. Rebecca Knievel

    January 23rd, 2019 at 10:10 am

    Oh so yummy and reminded me of Maui

  11. Cory

    January 23rd, 2019 at 12:41 pm

    Loved this one! Made me wish I was in Hawaii sipping this delicious smoothie!!

  12. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 24th, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    You and me both!! So delicious!

  13. Kelly

    January 23rd, 2019 at 2:56 pm

    So good! There’s a tartness that I love.

  14. Theresa

    January 23rd, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Add this to one of my favs! It reminds me of lying in a hammock in the shade, good book, and music. Really like this one. Will make it again!

  15. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 24th, 2019 at 1:54 pm

    That all sounds so amazing right about now 🙂

  16. Julie

    January 23rd, 2019 at 4:28 pm

    I really thin that fresh pineapple would be best, but I can’t find one the far north. Wonder if canned pineapple would be better than frozen?

  17. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 24th, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Hey Julie,

    You can definitely use canned pineapple, just make sure there isn’t any added sugar or preservatives in it and you are good!

  18. Katie Gehrke

    January 23rd, 2019 at 5:18 pm

    This is a smoothie I will be making over and over again!! Yum!!

  19. Kathryn

    January 23rd, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    The pineapple and orange make this one so sweet and delicious, yum!

  20. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 24th, 2019 at 1:59 pm

    You cannot go wrong with pineapple and orange! 🙂

  21. Bonnie

    January 23rd, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    My kids were so impressed with the flavor and the thickness of this smoothie!! It really did make us feel like it was summer time!!

  22. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    January 24th, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Love hearing when kids join in on the smoothie fun! 🙂

  23. Cecily

    January 24th, 2019 at 11:50 am

    I thought this smoothie was a nice thickness and super tastey.

  24. tiffany

    January 24th, 2019 at 4:44 pm

    This one had it all! A great consistency, color and taste. It was so tropical and refreshing , even on a below zero day 🙂

  25. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 22nd, 2019 at 1:08 pm

    Hey Tiffany,

    So happy you enjoyed this smoothie even in your below zero temps. Yikes!!!!

  26. Mireille

    January 24th, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Delicious even though I subbed the coconut water for filtered water. I love the smooth texture that frozen mango gives.

  27. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 22nd, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    Hey Mireille,

    Way to make this smoothie your own by switching the coconut water with filtered water.


  28. Tal

    January 26th, 2019 at 10:55 am

    Can’t beat the fabulous feeling of doing so much good for my body. Being delicious too, seems like serendipity!

  29. Terry

    January 27th, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    This has an amazing, refreshing, tropical flavor. I really enjoyed it.

  30. Clare Jones

    January 28th, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Amzing flavour. Definitely a perfect one on freestyle day.

  31. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 22nd, 2019 at 1:10 pm

    Hey Clare,

    Yay!! That is so great that you loved it so much you made it your freestyle recipe =D

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