Island Green Smoothie


For this tropical smoothie recipe, I’ve included an array of tropical fruits and coconut water blended with a big handful of spinach.

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?

Why your Island 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!

Ingredients in Island 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?
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Island Green Smoothie

  • Author: Jen Hansard
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 smoothie 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


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.
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: tropical smoothie recipe

#1 Green Smoothie Of all Time— no joke!
About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Gail says:

    Hi! Where’s the vitamin A content from spinach???

  2. Jacqueline says:


  3. Clare Jones says:

    Amzing flavour. Definitely a perfect one on freestyle day.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Clare,

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

  4. Terry says:

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

  5. Tal says:

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

  6. Mireille says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Mireille,

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


  7. tiffany says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Tiffany,

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

  8. Cecily says:

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

  9. Bonnie says:

    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!!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

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

  10. Kathryn says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      You cannot go wrong with pineapple and orange! 🙂

  11. Katie Gehrke says:

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

  12. Julie says:

    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?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      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!

  13. Theresa says:

    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!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      That all sounds so amazing right about now 🙂

  14. Kelly says:

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

  15. Cory says:

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

  16. Rebecca Knievel says:

    Oh so yummy and reminded me of Maui

  17. Windy says:

    My favorite so far

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

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

  18. Valerie W says:

    Loved the flavor combo of this one!

  19. Beth says:

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

  20. Laura White says:

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

  21. Anita says:

    Pleasant and just right sweet taste,beautiful combination five stars

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

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

  22. Bethany Vines says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      So glad that you enjoyed it, Bethany!

  23. Sandra Simkins says:

    Hawaiian Breeze gets an A++
    I love the tropical taste of this flavorful green smoothie on a cold winters day!

  24. Shari C says:

    Yes! This one was delicious and my number two after #teambeginnersluck The color is so bright it makes me happy

  25. Mu Underwood says:

    This is one of my favorite recipes. I live in Vermont so it’s an extra special treat as there is no pool or beach in sight. While the temps are in the single digits outside, this smoothie makes me feel just plain happy.

  26. Lolita Wallace says:

    Good! I think next time I’ll use coconut milk.

  27. Bonnie says:

    One of my favorites. So tropical and the gorgeous green color was amazing. Through this challenge I’ve come to realize that his 30 day challenge has started a real lifestyle change and will continue long after the 30 days are over.! It is so easy and delicious!

  28. Cynthia Johnston says:

    I feel like I should be wearing a lei and reclining on a beach chair! Delicious!

  29. Rachel D. says:

    This has to be one of my favorite recipes!! This smoothie is delicious! I love the fresh orange and tropical taste of it! Not to mention- the green color was seriously gorgeous!!

  30. Marilyn says:

    Another favorite. Think of being on the beach and ordering a tasty ice cold fruity drink and this is it! I love the combination of flavors. Will definitely add this to my favorites.

  31. Jasmine Johnston says:

    Taste so delicious and fruity!! I had to make it twice!

  32. Laura Birman says:

    Love how yummy its tastes! Like being on a tropical vacation!

  33. Emily says:

    Creamy, tropical, amazing.

  34. Megan says:

    Definitely going to make this one again! It’s refreshing and so delicious. My 2 little girls (5.5 and 2.5) loved it too!

  35. Karen says:

    Just what I needed to “warm up” a chilly winter in AZ. Ha ha! Seriously, it feels like a vacation drink. PS….since Jan. 1 I’m down 8 pounds with my Simple Green Smoothies!

  36. Suzanne Hagren says:

    The best one so far.

  37. Tanya says:

    This reminds me of vacation! Delicious fruits along with healthy greens – I love all these Simple Green Smoothies!!!

  38. Mariepaul says:

    I love this combination of flavours. It tastes like summer!

  39. Amber says:

    This is another one of my favorite smoothies. It is so yummy

  40. Neal says:

    Loved this one. I had no mango so added extra pineapple which made it a touch too sweet but still great.
    Great flavours.

  41. grace says:

    Can’t go wrong with these … taste so good and refreshing! Thanks for sharing!!

  42. Ramona says:

    Luv them . I can stick to this for weight loss and walk tread mill . Made smoothie with almond butter


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