This super fun smoothie is from my Green Smoothie Challenge. I wanted a way to help others start the healthy habit of adding 1 green smoothie a day, and this challenge is a great starting point. If you are new to green smoothies, or just need a boost, then this challenge is for you! Now, let’s get blending this Vegan Tropical Smoothie!

vegan tropical smoothie in a fun glass with an orange slice.
Table of Contents
  1. Blending a Vegan Tropical Smoothie
  2. Health Benefits
  3. How to make a Vegan Smoothie
  4. Smoothie FAQs
  5. More Tropical Smoothie Recipes
  6. Vegan Tropical Smoothie Recipe

Blending a Vegan Tropical Smoothie

Smoothies are super quick n’ easy to make, and don’t require fancy equipment. I blended many smoothies with my $40 Hamilton Beach blender before making the commitment to a Vitamix. Here’s my no-fail blending formula:

  1. Blend spinach, orange, and water. You should blend until there are no leafy chunks swirling around, which might take a bit depending on your blender.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again. Blend until no chunks remain. If you’re using all frozen fruit, thaw it a bit before adding so that your blender doesn’t have to work as hard.

If you’re using a high-powered blender, then I recommend leaving as much of the white-pith around the orange as possible because that pith contains oh so many nutrients. Yet if you are using a non-high powered blender, then the pith might not fully break down.

Using at least 1 frozen fruit will give you a refreshingly cold vegan tropical smoothie. I don’t recommend freezing the orange for this smoothie since it acts as part of the liquid as well. If you do freeze the orange, then just add a bit more water to break down the ingredients.

ingredients for a healthy snack including bananas, pineapple, oranges and spinach.

Health Benefits

Vitamin C

This smoothie contains over 100% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C. This is an antioxidant that fights free radicals, which cause all kinds of chronic conditions. The CDC states 45% of adults in the US have hypertension, which can put us at risk for stroke or heart disease.

Potassium

This electrolyte lowers blood pressure, boosts energy, and fights fatigue. It also assists the body with digestion. Studies by the National Institute of Health show that daily consumption of potassium can improve bone health.

Vitamin B6

Our bodies need this vitamin to help metabolize protein, carbs, and fat. It also helps regulate our mood (read: happiness levels!), to help combat depression. The National Library of Medicine shows B6 may also aid in combating Alzheimer’s disease.

Folate

Folate is vital in mood regulation as well, so it is used to combat depression. It also aids in heart health. Pregnant women are encouraged to up their intake of folate to assist in fetal brain development. This vegan tropical smoothie will take that baby’s brain to genius level.

How to make a Vegan Smoothie

Many smoothies you buy from a restaurant contain dairy in some form. Whether the liquid is milk, the chocolate contains dairy, yogurt is added or whey protein powder, something in that smoothie probably contains dairy. Yet they don’t have to!

My homemade smoothies have 3 components: leafy greens, fruit, and liquid. I typically use water or a plant-based milk (almond milk, oat milk and coconut milk are my go-tos). Try swapping your dairy milk with plant milk.

Look for a plant-based protein powder that is vegan (not whey). If you like adding in yogurt, then look for a non-dairy variety.

labeled ingredients for a vegan tropical smoothie including spinach, pineapple, orange and banana.

Smoothie FAQs

Is there dairy in a typical smoothie?

Lots of smoothies ordered at restaurants contain dairy in the smoothie mix, protein powder, or boosters. If you want a true vegan smoothie, stick to a plant based milk (or water), real fruit, and leafy greens. Use vegan protein powder and dairy free yogurt to boost.

How do I get rid of chunks in my smoothie?

I recommend blending your smoothies in 2 steps. First, blend the leafy greens + liquid. Once there are no leafy bits remaining, then add in the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Thaw frozen ingredients slightly to make them easy to blend.

What kind of blender makes the best smoothies?

While a Vitamix is going to give you a smooth beverage every time, they are also expensive! If you’re a smoothie lovin’ newbie, then I recommend getting a NutriBullet (not sponsored, just tested and approved!). They make great machines for a variety of budgets. Yet if you’ve been blending a long time and going through blender after blender (been there!) then I recommend saving up for a Vitamix. You will get years and years of use, and beautifully blended smoothies every single time.

green smoothie in a glass jar with paper straw.

More Tropical Smoothie Recipes

Tropical smoothies are delicious and easy to make. Here are a few of my fav recipes:

Which one sounds fabulous to you? Leave a comment once you blend these and let me know how they turned out! And once you blend the vegan tropical smoothie recipe below, don’t forget to leave a rating 🙂

vegan tropical smoothie
4.85 from 65 votes

Vegan Tropical Smoothie

Sit back and relax with this tropical smoothie, that will leave you feeling like you’re laying on the beach in the sun.
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Author: Jen Hansard
Course: Smoothie
Cuisine: Plant-Based, Vegan
Serves: 1

Ingredients  

  • 1 cup spinach
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ orange peeled
  • ½ cup pineapple frozen
  • ½ banana
  • 1 serving homemade protein powder optional

Instructions 

  • Blend spinach orange, and water until smooth.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. 

Notes

  • Use at least 1 frozen fruit for a refreshingly cold smoothie
  • Use coconut water instead of regular water for an electrolyte boost
  • Note that this recipe uses less water than normal smoothies because the orange acts like fruit AND liquid. If your orange is extra watery, don’t be afraid to lessen the amount of water to start.
  • Feel free to swap spinach with any leafy green you have on hand (kale works great in this recipe too!)

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcal, Carbohydrates: 33g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 34mg, Potassium: 587mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 22g, Vitamin A: 3046IU, Vitamin C: 88mg, Calcium: 75mg, Iron: 1mg
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  1. This smoothie was a beautiful green color and really brightened up a rainy morning. My husband and I are both enjoying having smoothies. We might be developing a new addiction!!!

    1. Green smoothies are the best habit to form!! Rawk on Linda!

  2. 5 stars
    Now this is my kind of smoothie!! Great flavor, tasted it then added mango & used coconut water
    This recipe is a keeper for sure

  3. 5 stars
    My favorite smoothie in this challenge so far! I added mango which made it even more tropical tasting and my 1 year old drank just about the whole thing so I made another!

  4. 5 stars
    Loved this smoothie. I made it a meal replacement by adding oats, extra greens, coconut oil, chia seeds, and hemp hearts. Was refreshing, flavourful, and most importantly filling!

  5. 5 stars
    This has been my absolute favorite of the challenge so far! This was very refreshing and delicious – perfect for spring/summer! I will definitely make this again!

  6. 5 stars
    I love tropical smoothies and especially enjoy oranges in smoothies! This was a delicious combination of fruit. I added about a third of an avocado and 2 tbsp of hemp protein powder for a breakfast meal replacement.

  7. 5 stars
    This was the sunshine on my rainy day! I added a coconut smoothie cube for even more tropical flair.

  8. 4 stars
    This smoothie was pretty refreshing, but something made my throat scratchy – maybe the pineapple. I’m looking forward to trying more recipes! I did add 2 tbs of protein powder and 1 tbs of almond butter to make it a meal replacement.

    1. Perfect adds for the meal replacement Michele! That scratchy throat could be indicating a sensitivity to one or more ingredients. Same thing happens to my kiddo when she eats fresh peaches – the inside of her cheek gets the itchy-scratchies. Def check in with your healthcare provider if it continues!

  9. Definitely tropical and the best one so far! I added some drops of lemon essential oil and my usual chia seeds.

  10. 4 stars
    This is pretty good. I like tropical flavors. I’m still waiting for the one that knocks my socks off! I think fresh fruit makes a big difference, but that’s not always possible.

  11. 5 stars
    Very good and just what I needed for a cool refreshing drink after coming in from the heat. Loved the flavor and the bright green color. My favorite so far this week.

    1. Another great idea for those warm days is to add your fave smoothie to a popsicle mold too. Even more of a treat!