7.23.2021

Island Green Smoothie

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

Island tropical green smoothie

Take a mini-vacay to the beach with this delicious island green 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, yet 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 island green smoothie poolside? And maybe a paper umbrella… Def a paper umbrella.

How to make an Island Green Smoothie

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! Fruits like banana and pineapple are naturally sweet and really add a tropical punch to this island green smoothie. Read on to see just why they’re better for you than refined sugars.

Tropical smoothie ingredients

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. Look no further than the island tropical green smoothie below to satisfy the sweetest of sweet teeth!

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 vs. refined sugar in smoothies

While it’s true that refined or processed sugars digest quickly and totally cause those icky blood sugar spikes, the sugar we ingest with fruit is completely different.

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.

Fiber is our friend.

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 you, ahem – regular.

Fresh tropical fruit smoothie ingredients

Give your body a natural reset through whole food

Brace yourself. I’m going to say a word that scares some who are new to plant based eating – detox.

If you’re looking for an easy way to detox daily, then the island green tropical smoothie recipe below is a great one to get blending.

Four times each year, I promise myself I’ll hit the reset button on my eating habits. I consciously make the choice to eat in ways, for short periods of time, that give my body the best of what plants have to offer. Part of that involves green smoothies of course! The nutrient + fiber rich greens do wonders to cleanse my body in a gentle, yet effective way.

If you’re ready to hit that reset button along with me, check out one of my 7 or 21-day cleanses. They are purely food based, no fancy-fancy pills or powders. You can cook and blend along with me, seeing results that I enjoy too – like better sleep, better skin and better energy.

Green smoothie in mason jar with paper straw

More island tropical smoothie recipes

So now do I have you feeling all the tropical island feels??? If you’re ready for more vacation-worthy smoothies, be sure to give these a blend:

Where would you like to be sipping these tropical smoothies: beach or poolside? Drop a comment below to let us know!

Island Green Smoothie

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.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based / Vegan
Servings: 1 smoothie
Calories: 235kcal
Author: Jen Hansard

Ingredients

  • 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 Protein Smoothie Boost, optional

Instructions

  • BLEND spinach, coconut water, and orange together until smooth.
  • ADD remaining fruit and blend again.

Notes

  • Use at least one frozen fruit to make the smoothie cold or serve over ice.
  • May swap out coconut water with regular water, if preferred.
  • To reduce sweetness, substitute avocado for banana.

Nutrition

Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 1144mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 4086IU | Vitamin C: 156mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 2mg
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FAQs

Is the island green smoothie healthy?

With a good dose of dietary fiber and a whopping 168 mg of Vitamin C, we sure think so! Yet, I know some rawkstars might need a bit less fruit sugar when blending. If that’s you, be sure to check out our Low Sugar Fruits for Smoothies.

Are green smoothies bad for your kidneys?

Great question! Depending on the greens you use in your smoothies, you can end up taking in higher amounts of oxalates, which in turn may cause kidney stones. While this doesn’t happen often, if it’s something you’re concerned about we def recommend staying hydrated with good water and rotating your greens. Changing up your greens on the regular helps to keep from building up any one particular nutrient in your body and ensures you get a wide variety of all those oh-so-good for you vitamins, minerals and more.

What is the purpose of a detox smoothie?

Most of us don’t take in healthy fruits and veggie as often as we should. Using smoothies are an amazing way to up the intake of the good stuff. When I blend, I’m keeping all the fiber in with my veg + fruit, which helps clear out anything bad my body is holding onto. It’s a great way to detox gently.

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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 realistic 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???

    • Simple Green Smoothies says:

      Spinach and mango both contain Vitamin A. We pull our nutritional information straight from the USDA and they compile the amount— it’s pretty cool to see how many vitamins you can get in a smoothie.

  2. Jacqueline says:

    Amazing!

  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.

      Cheers!

  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!

  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

  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

  22. Bethany Vines says:

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

  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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