25 Nutritionists & Foodies Share Their Favorite Tropical Smoothie Recipes

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Tropical smoothies are an excellent treat for curbing a sweet tooth without resorting to candy bars and other sweets that are loaded with empty calories. Instead, tropical smoothies are packed with nutrient-rich fruits – and sometimes vegetables – like bananas, pineapples, mangoes, coconut, and more.

Tropical smoothies are an excellent meal replacement option, thanks to their high fiber ingredients, and some tropical smoothies are great for weight loss, too. If you’re looking for an extra protein boost, a tropical smoothie recipe with Greek yogurt or a scoop of protein powder is the perfect fix.

Smoothies make a refreshing anytime treat, but you don’t always have the ingredients on hand or the time to chop and blend a tasty tropical smoothie at home. Stop by your local Edible Arrangements® store for a delicious, done-for-you smoothie anytime – whether you’re short on time on the morning commute or craving a delicious tropical treat on your lunch break or a lazy Saturday afternoon. Our Edible® Treats menu includes oh-so-delicious smoothies like refreshing Pineapple & Orange, Strawberry, Pineapple & Banana, and so much more.

For more delicious tropical smoothie recipes you should try, we put out a call for ideas and curated responses below. (Note: Edible Arrangements® is not endorsing any of the companies or ideas discussed below, but we asked for suggestions to get some different perspectives.) Keep reading to find out what the contributors who responded to our query had to say.


Jacquie SmithJacquie Smith

Jacquie Smith found her passion for health and wellness in 2013 when she started experimenting with natural foods and remedies in order to heal herself from cystic acne, horrible digestion and overall exhaustion caused by stress and corporate travel. As a result, she learned the power of food to heal + nourish the mind + body. In 2015, she received her certification as a Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and Little Adapts By Jax Ltd was born.

“My favorite tropical smoothie recipe is the Green Tropical Smoothie (serves 1):

  • 6 oz coconut water
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango
  • 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1 Tbsp coconut butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp spirulina or 2 tbsp hemp hearts”

Ashley NunezAshley Nunez

@Junkfoodkids

Ashley is a cookbook author with an eclectic style, from a perfect blend of her worldwide travel and living across the united states, and marrying into a Cuban family. Recipes have carb and protein counts. Perfect for Keto or Type 1 Diabetics like Ashley and her Son.

“Here’s my favorite tropical smoothie recipe: Mango Pineapple Lassa.

  • 2 spears fresh mango
  • 2 spears fresh pineapple
  • 2 pods of Green Cardamon
  • 2/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt (organic preferred)
  • Handful of ice

“In a blender put in your mango, pineapple, and ice. Open cardamom pods and take out the seeds. Smash all the seeds in a mortar and pestle. Add to blender. Blend thoroughly, stopping to push everything down. Add your yogurt and pulse a couple of times. Now it is ready to enjoy. This will be thick, so you might want a straw. If you want it sweet add some honey. I liked it not being sweet.”


Jamie BacharachJamie Bacharach

@BacharachJamie

Jamie Bacharach is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Health Coach, as well as the Head of Practice at Acupuncture Jerusalem. Jamie’s travels have taken her across the world as she has learned to synthesize the best of Western and Eastern medicine to the benefit of her patients.

“My favorite tropical smoothie recipe is an everything but the kitchen sink tropical smoothie:

  • 1/2 cup mango
  • 1/2 cup pineapple
  • 1/2 cup kiwi
  • 1/2 cup coconut water or fruit juice
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/2 cups of your favorite plant-based milk
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

“The beauty of this recipe is in its versatility – if you’re missing a fruit or two, it’ll still come out great and loaded with the natural benefits of tropical fruit. You can also swap ingredients in and out – papaya, passion fruit and whole coconut all make wonderful additions or substitutions in a pinch. This smoothie will not only aid in your digestion but give you a serious dose of vitamin C for improved energy and health.”


Jenna Appel, MS, RD, LDN, CPTJenna Appel, MS, RD, LDN, CPT

Jenna is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer, specializing in nutrition, wellness and behavior change with sincere interest in sharing her knowledge of integrative approaches. She owns and operates Appel Nutrition Inc. in South Florida which focuses on both individualized and group nutrition counseling in the private, corporate and country club settings.

“My favorite tropical smoothie recipe is one I have developed myself! I call the recipe The Real MVP – Mango Veggie Protein Smoothie. It includes fresh organic ingredients including mango, banana and spinach. This smoothie packs in a ton of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Due to the addition of the protein powder, it helps to keep you feeling fuller for longer leading to improved energy (goodbye 3 o’clock slump) and overall well-being.”


Lauren KeatingLauren Keating

@HealthyDelish

Lauren Keating is the author of the Healthy Eating One-Pot Cookbook and the blog Healthy Delicious, where she has been sharing easy weeknight recipes made with fresh, nutritious ingredients for the last 10 years.

“These tropical green smoothies are one of my favorite smoothie recipes of all time. They’re super creamy and sweet!

“Ingredients:

  • 2 cups coconut milk beverage
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 2 dates
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple and mango chunks
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds, flax meal, hemp, or other mix-ins of your choice

“Instructions:

  1. Add the coconut milk and spinach to your blender. Cover and blend on high 20-30 seconds or until the spinach is completely blended not the milk.
  2. Add the banana, date and any mix-ins that you like and blend another 10 seconds, or until smooth.
  3. Finally, add the frozen pineapple and mango. Blend on high, using the tamper to press the fruit into the blades of the blender, until smooth.
  4. Drink immediately or freeze for later.”

Beverly FriedmannBeverly Friedmann

Beverly works as a Content Manager for the consumer website MyFoodSubscriptions, with a background in Marketing & Sales Management. She holds an undergraduate degree in psychology and nutrition science.

“My favorite smoothie that reminds me of a Caribbean getaway combines fresh coconut milk and yogurt with pineapple and adds toasted coconut as a garnish for a special flair that guests will adore. It’s absolutely delicious and reminiscent of a beach vacation that you can have anytime you want within minutes from the comfort of home. It’s called Fresh Coconut Pineapple Smoothie.

“Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 6 oz container coconut yogurt
  • 2 Tbsps coconut
  • 1 cup ice
  • Toasted coconut for garnish

“Directions:

“Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into glasses and garnish with toasted coconut. Serve immediately.”


Antonia KorchevaAntonia Korcheva

Antonia Korcheva recently launched Escape Waste, a blog and shop for zero waste and plastic-free living. The site will provide tips about the zero waste lifestyle, DIY beauty routine, recipes for trash-free cooking, info about ethical and sustainable brands from around the globe, and shoutouts to eco-friendly initiatives.

“I’ve played around with different combos, but by far this is my most beloved one:

  • 1/2 cup of frozen banana chunks
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 2-3 dates or 1 Tbsp honey

“You can top it with fresh mint leaves, coconut flakes, or orange slices.”


Shannon MullenShannon Mullen

@FitRated

Shannon is a Fitness Instructor at GoodLife Fitness Clubs and a High School Physical and Health Education Teacher in Toronto, Canada, as well as a contributor to FitRated.com. She is a certified Can Fit Pro FIS (Fitness Instructor Specialist) and Can Fit Pro Personal Trainer Specialist (PTS).

“This Tropical Protein Green Smoothie reminds me of being at the beach in Ecuador this past summer.

“While I added spinach for extra protein and iron, it still tastes sweet and delicious. I love adding a pinch of cilantro – but I know it’s not for everyone!

  • ½ cup frozen mango
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple
  • ½ banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • ½ cup frozen spinach
  • Optional: 1-2 Tbsp fresh cilantro”

Kalev RudolphKalev Rudolph

Kalev Rudolph is a travel blogger, foodie, and writer for EffortlessInsurance.com. When not exploring abroad, he can be found enjoying the outdoors or cooking new meals.

“Smoothies can be a great way to give yourself a mini-vacation during your lunch break or on your way to work in the morning.

“Travel to the tropics by infusing your regular smoothie with some punchy flavors like passion fruit or lychee.

“The Tropic Wonder:

  • 1/2 pineapple
  • 1/2 mango
  • 1 passion fruit
  • 3/4 to 1 cup coconut milk
  • 8-9 Lychees (optional)
  • 6 ice cubes
  • Agave Syrup to taste (optional)

“This blissful blend of antioxidant-rich tropical fruits will deliver a serious flavor kick. Perfect for post-workout or on hot summer days. For the lychees, which can be hard to find, check out specialty grocery stores near you and look in the canned aisles. These floral, vitamin-abundant fruits are natives of Southeast Asia.

“As this smoothie is dairy-free, it works great for folks with sensitive stomachs and as a light way to start your morning right.

“If you are so inclined, this recipe is a perfect base for a boozy smoothie or frozen margarita. Add the juice of one lime and tequila to taste to take this smoothie from lounging beachside to dancing in Cabo.”


Tracy AndersonTracy Anderson

@topreveal

Tracy Anderson is an editor and blogger for Top Reveal, a site dedicated to helping consumers make smart decisions. She loves testing recipes and gadgets and finding ways to improve our quality of life.

“My favorite tropical smoothie recipe is the Yellow Tropical Smoothie. A yellow tropical smoothie is a vegan drink that you can take at any time in a day. It is an energetic and refreshing drink that contains fiber, saturated fat, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, potassium, and manganese.

“The best part of this smoothie is that you don’t need to add additional sugar. Its natural sweetness of the fruits is enough to make this smoothie sweet and tasty.

“Ingredients you need:

  • 1 medium-sized orange
  • 1 cup of frozen mangoes (take 1½ cup fresh mango in place of frozen mango)
  • 1 cup of frozen pineapple
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of coconut milk/water
  • Fresh mint leaves for garnishing

“The process to need to follow:

  • Place all the fruit in the blender and blend together.
  • Add coconut milk.
  • Blend it for a couple of minutes.
  • Store it in the refrigerator.
  • Garnish it with mint leaves and serve it chilled.

“Another one to try is the Green Tropical Smoothie. A tropical drink would be incomplete if you don’t add a green element to it. The green tropical smoothie is a super creamy and healthy smoothie that can give you vibes of a tropical place.

“This is a perfect drink for the sunny summer and gives you the most refreshing taste. So let’s get started with the recipe.

“Ingredients you need:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup of frozen mango
  • 1½ cup spinach
  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds

“The process to need to follow:

  • Place all the ingredients in the blender.
  • Blend it until it becomes super smooth.
  • Sprinkle chia seeds on the top.
  • Serve it chilled.”

Elizabeth CoeElizabeth Coe

@hautehealthy

Elizabeth Coe is a health and wellness blogger, and the host of the Plantbased, Not Perfect podcast on iTunes. She shares simple and easy plant-based meals, tips and tricks to help others live their healthiest lives while navigating the modern world filled with work and life responsibilities.

“Here’s my favorite tropical smoothie recipe:

  • 1 fresh banana
  • 1 tsp spirulina
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes

“Add filtered water to cover ingredients and blend!”


Rachel MacPhersonRachel MacPherson

Rachel MacPherson is a certified personal trainer (ACE), weight loss and motivation coach, currently studying for her Precision Nutrition Certification. She is the writer and recipe creator at RadicalStrength.com, where she shares workouts, mental health tips, and lots of healthy, delicious meals.

“Tropical smoothies with protein are something I make very often as they are a quick and healthy way to get in a pre- or post-workout meal or even breakfast on the go. I love to include a variety of healthy fruit and vegetables in order to get in as many nutrients as I can and boost the flavor of the protein.

“Green Jungle Smoothie:

  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 large frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup chopped papaya
  • 1 1/2 cups almond or coconut milk
  • 2 Tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1 Tbsp honey, optional
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom”

Diana Gariglio-ClellandDiana Gariglio-Clelland

@B1_Supplements

Diana Gariglio-Clelland is a Registered Dietitian at Balance One Supplements. She has worked in the hospital, public health, and primary care settings, and has experience counseling people in all walks of life. She has been featured in Huffington Post, She Knows, MSN, Livestrong, Chowhound, Eating Well, Popsugar, Eat This, Fatherly, My Fitness Pal, and more.

“This tropical smoothie is healthy because it doesn’t have any added sugars and relies only on natural sweetness from tropical fruit.

“An added bonus of the shredded coconut is that it boosts the fiber content of the smoothie. To increase the creaminess of this smoothie, a tablespoon of coconut cream could be added to the mixture.

“Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe banana
  • 1 cup canned pineapple chunks in 100% juice
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened milk of choice (coconut milk would be preferred for the tropical theme)
  • Optional: 1 Tbsp coconut cream (see note above)

“Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Serve garnished with a pinch of unsweetened coconut flakes and a wedge of pineapple on the glass.”


Beth Jacques ChenBeth Jacques Chen

@bonaippetit

Beth is mama to a beautiful boy, self-taught cook, and photographer. Besides the kitchen, her favorite place is her backyard where she chases her kiddo and is attempting to turn her black thumb green. Finding joy in eating to heal and sharing her Autoimmune Protocol (AIP), Paleo, and allergy friendly recipes and wellness tips with others is what fuels her. Bon Aippetit!

“My favorite tropical smoothie has to be my Persimmon Chai Smoothie. This smoothie features the tropical fruit, Fuyu persimmons. It’s a yummy smoothie twist on a Chai tea.”


Jana MowrerJana Mowrer

Jana Mowrer, RD/RDN, MPH, CDE, LD is a Registered Dietitian, Licensed Dietitian (Oregon), Nutritionist & Certified Diabetes Educator and Founder and Owner of HealthWins coaching and consulting.

“Here’s my favorite tropical smoothie recipe:

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt (no added sugar)
  • 1/2 cup orange juice (no added sugar)
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice (no added sugar)
  • 2 Tbsp shredded coconut (optional)

“If your smoothie is too thick, add a bit more orange or pineapple juice to get your preferred texture. You can used toasted coconut if you like. I put it in the smoothie and sprinkle a bit on top for looks!”


Ashlee Van BuskirkAshlee Van Buskirk

Ashlee Van Buskirk owns and operates her own fitness and nutrition coaching business called Whole Intent. Ashlee also received her BS in Dietetics and Clinical Nutrition Services from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. She works to provide high-quality personal training and nutrition planning services to her Denver-based clients, to help them achieve their fitness goals.

“Smoothies are amazing! They’re fantastic ways to get a blast of essential micronutrients and energize your day. Here’s one of favorite smoothie recipes, a Tropical Good Morning Banana Mango smoothie.

“Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana, peeled & sliced
  • 1 mango, peeled & de-seeded
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • Handful of ice
  • Optional: 1 tsp chia seeds or ground flax seed

“Blend until well mixed and smooth. Serve immediately and enjoy!”


Martha KrejciMartha Krejci

@theoilygang

Martha Krejci is a blog writer for Oily Gang.

“My favorite tropical smoothie recipe is the NO GUILT Chai Keto-Friendly Smoothie. Ok, so this one is super fun because I’ve been CRAVING a Chai Tea Latte something awful lately, BUT I don’t want the sugar, carbs or crash that comes afterward, soooo….

“I made one on my own! The total time is just five minutes, and it serves one.

“Ingredients:

  • 1 cup brewed chai tea
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein (I use vegan protein, but use what you like)
  • 5 packets stevia (I may have a sweet tooth)
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup ice cubes

“Instructions:

“Combine them all in your blender and blend away!

“You have now prepared the BEST unapologetic treat/meal ever!

“Here’s your nutritional breakdown. Again, keep in mind I’m vegan, so this recipe is, but doesn’t have to be. If you make it the way I do, it’s vegan, non-gmo, gluten-free, keto, low-carb, and sugar free:

  • Calories 125
  • Fat 3g
  • Net Carbs 3.5g
  • Protein 20.5g

“This is an amazing keto smoothie because we have low carbs and high protein. #winwin”


Olivia BrantOlivia Brant

Olivia Brant is a Registered Sports Dietitian living in Washington, DC. She is the founder and owner of Brant Sports Nutrition, a private practice that helps active individuals clean up their diet, build confidence, lose weight, and learn how to keep it off for good.

“My absolute favorite tropical smoothie recipe is a hydrating blend that includes coconut water and frozen mango.

“The addition of protein powder is optional, but a good idea if you’re going to drink this as your meal, especially if it’s post-workout. Frozen riced cauliflower is a sneaky addition that you’re guaranteed not to notice, and provides fat-burning fiber that will keep you for hours! Additionally, the ginger used in this smoothie gives it a nice zing, and makes it the perfect option to kick-start any morning. To make, simply blend 2 scoops vanilla protein powder, ½ cup frozen mango, 6oz coconut water, 4oz filtered water, 1 frozen ginger cube (or 1 tsp fresh), and ½ cup frozen riced cauliflower in a blender and enjoy!”


Joanna FoleyJoanna Foley

Joanna has been practicing as a Registered Dietitian for over 5 years and is the owner of a private nutrition counseling practice at Joanna Foley Nutrition. Joanna believes that food really IS the best medicine and has a holistic, “whole body” approach to health. Joanna provides personalized nutrition and lifestyle counseling and is dedicated to helping others achieve a healthier and happier life for the long term.

“My favorite tropical smoothie recipe is the Tropical Turmeric Smoothie:

  • 1/2 cup frozen mango or pineapple slices
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (may sub other favorite plant-based milk)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1-2 scoops vanilla protein powder

“Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Adjust amount of coconut milk to meet desired consistency. Enjoy!”


Idara HamptonIdara Hampton

@IdaraHampton

Idara Hampton is an acne, health and wellness blogger. She
helps women clear their skin naturally and restore their confidence.

“My favorite tropical smoothie recipe is the Pineapple Peach Coconut Smoothie:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1/2 cup fresh peaches
  • 1/4 cup frozen berry mix
  • Blend until smooth

“This tropical smoothie delights taste buds and satisfies a sweet tooth in the healthiest way possible.”


Arthur RuthArthur Ruth

@memphismaids

Arthur Ruth is the Vice President of Operations of Memphis Maids, a house cleaning service in Memphis, Tennessee. Their goal is to make everyone happier by creating a healthy and spotless home environment.

“I used to live in Caracas, Venezuela. Close by we have La Guaira, with incredible beaches and great local food. In these hot summer days, there was only one thing that calms me, Pineapple Smoothies, cheap, with coconut, delicious. It’s like a virgin piña colada, but it’s so tasty that you can enjoy it without alcohol.

“Recipe:

  • 1 pineapple, cubed
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ cup of coconut milk and ½ of coconut water
  • Some ice
  • Splash of lemon

“Blend it well and serve it cold, bonus points if you serve it in a hollow pineapple with a little umbrella. If you don’t have one, that’s okay. The banana is there to give natural sweetness to the mix.”


Gabby BeckfordGabby Beckford

@packslight

Gabby is a world traveler, content creator, and digital entrepreneur. She took her first solo trip to Iceland at 17, and now at 24-years-old has seen more than 29 countries. She is on a mission to empower other young people to seek risks, seize opportunities, and see the world.

“My favorite tropical smoothie recipe is the Pomegranate Plunge.

  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries

“Honestly I haven’t even tried any other flavors recently because I love this one so much! The pomegranate and cranberry juice make the smoothie tart and refreshing, but also load it up with anti-oxidants and nutrients like potassium, fiber, and vitamin C.”


Renata TrebingRenata Trebing

@NourishwRenata

Renata is a healthy foodie who shares her healthy and delicious recipes on her blog, NourishwithRenata.com. She believes that tasty food should always be good for you, and tests all her recipes on her husband and three kiddos.

“My favorite is my Pineapple Kale Smoothie! This smoothie not only tastes like a tropical vacation, it is also packed with protein, healthy fats, greens and superfoods, to nourish your body. For 4 servings, you can make this smoothie using:

  • 2 cups fresh pineapple chopped
  • 2 loosely packed cups fresh or frozen kale
  • 1 ripe banana halved
  • ⅓ cup vegan vanilla protein powder such as Vega Protein and Greens
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 Tbsp hemp hearts
  • 2 cups water or milk (e.g., almond milk coconut milk, etc.)
  • 2 cups ice

“Blend all the ingredients in a high speed food processor till super smooth and creamy. Enjoy straight away!”


Catherine CrowCatherine Crow

@ButterNutrition

As a nutritional therapist at Butter Nutrition, Catherine’s passion is education. Her goal is to help guide you to improve your nutrition through strategic eating (not dieting) and without expensive supplements! Because when you know better, you can feel better!

“I am SUPER lazy in the kitchen (something my nutrition clients know well about me), so I always have easy staples that I can whip up in a snap. Lately, I’ve been in total smoothie-mode and this Pina Colada recipe is my current favorite. To clone it, just combine a little bit of coconut milk (I use one coconut milk ice cube — just freeze a can of coconut milk in ice cube trays for convenience), about 3/4 cup frozen pineapple, 1/2 frozen ripe banana, 3/4 cup water, and about 1 1/2 tablespoons of collagen powder for protein. Enjoy!”


Frances GeogheganFrances Geoghegan

@healinghols

Frances Geoghegan is the Managing Director at Healing Holidays.

“My favorite tropical smoothie recipe has to be banana, mango and pineapple blended with a splash of water because it’s fresh, tasty and the perfect thing to have at the start of the day.

“You can use frozen ingredients to change the consistency of your smoothie when it’s hot outside and even top it with granola and whole fruit for a smoothie bowl. This recipe includes antioxidants and vitamin A, C and E, including zinc calcium and iron; making it not only delicious but a fantastic way of boosting your health and mood, too.”


Next time you’re craving a mouth-watering smoothie, stop by your local Edible Arrangements® store for a delicious, done-for-you smoothie you can grab and go. Choose your favorite combination of ingredients from our Edible® Treats menu for a custom blend of favors that tastes out-of-this-world amazing!