This tropical sunshine smoothie is a wonderful way to start your day! Get a boost of vitamins A and C with this fresh drink.
I’ve been trying to get in a better routine in the morning over here. Sometimes if we have a rough night (Baby Bee’s still teething off and on), I have a tendency to stumble around sleepily for about an hour and just eat cereal for breakfast. Not that cereal is the worst thing in the world – it’s not like I’m eating Lucky Charms or something. (By the way, who else ate the marshmallows ONLY from that stuff when they were growing up? Just me?)
Anyway, I find that if I get up and exercise first (right now I am at about a 50% success rate with that), I feel better and have more energy. And if I exercise and drink a smoothie, I find that I have even more energy, and I seem to stay fuller than when I eat a quick bowl of cereal. (I know, duh, right?) So I’m trying to be good and stick to this routine. My favorite smoothie right now is definitely tropical in flavor. I love to get the bags of frozen fruit from Trader Joe’s, and adding some coconut flakes to this makes it seem more like an island treat than breakfast. :)
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Tropical Morning Smoothie.
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- ½ cup frozen mango chunks
- ¾ cup orange juice or pineapple juice or water in a pinch!
- 1 Tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
If you don't have a super strong blender, you might want to put the frozen fruits in your blender and let them sit for about ten minutes so they thaw a little bit.
Add the liquid and the coconut and blend on high until smooth. Add more liquid if necessary.
Sometimes I add about a tablespoon of chia seeds to this tropical sunshine smoothie as well, for some extra protein and calcium.
Do you want to know a secret? I have never had a green smoothie. I know, isn’t that shocking?! I just can’t deal with greens and fruit at the same time blended up. I want to like them, but I’m afraid it’s going to taste like, oh, I don’t know, mushy spinach or something. So tell me what your favorite green smoothie recipe is in the comments, and maybe I can get it together and try it out. :)
Kelly I made this smoothie just now. I used any where from a quarter cup to a half a cup of pineapple juice. Yum! also I put in fresh spinach taking off the stems. U don’t even taste the spinach at all…
Looks nothing short of delicious!
saw this on Pinterest and shared on my blog today. Gave you credit and a link to your blog. This is an awesome smoothie!
Thank you so much! I appreciate it!
OMG, that smoothie looks good enough to have 3 times a day, and I will, thanks to you!!!!
I hope you enjoy it!
I LOVE the vibrant orange color of this gorgeous smoothie! So cheery. :)
P.S–I’m also kinda in love with your blue surface!
Arman @ thebigmansworld
The colours of that literally scream sunshine- seeing as it’s raining here, I’d drink this to pretend it was bright ha!
Check out that hot cereal I just posted on FB. It took 2 minutes to make that, and was SO yummy. It kept me going until lunch time. It had 2 tbsp of Chia Seeds in it, so lots of good stuff. It’s going to be a really nice alternative to the oatmeal and cereals I can’t have anymore. :) I think I’ll write a post about it on my blog too. :)
http://againstallgrain.com/2013/03/11/my-green-smoothie/ Here is a “green” smoothie you can try and work up to the real green. :) I remember my nephew saying when he was little, “I don’t eat nussin green”, used to crack me up. I am not particularly fond of a green drink either. I would be open to seeing some recipes too. THIS ONE HOWEVER….sounds like a healthy pina colada which I LOVE. Do you know if the frozen fruit is natural, or is there sugar added to it? Have you made it with pineapple juice…because I can’t have the orange juice. Just wondered if you got that at TJs as well?
I did get the frozen fruit at Trader Joe’s, and it’s just fruit, nothing else added. I like their pineapple chunks in particular because they are very small, so they blend easily. I haven’t tried this smoothie with pineapple juice, but I have used that in other smoothies and I know it would work well here, too. I have used OJ, and a couple of time we were out of that so I did water, and that worked just fine, too! There’s already a lot of flavor from the fruit and the coconut. I get the bag of unsweetened coconut flakes from Whole Foods – they are really, really tiny, not like big shreds. Thanks for the green smoothie idea, I think I could try that one! It doesn’t look scary. :)
Last taste of summer! :)
Strength and Sunshine
Love tropical inspired smoothies! (But yes, I always add greens to ANY smoothie I make!)
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
This sounds like the perfect smoothie to way up to, Kelly! Sunshine in a glass and full of flavor. Sounds delish!
Oh, I was all about those marshmallows when I was a kid! The best part of lucky charms. But now that I think about it, it is an odd cereal. Marshmallows and milk for breakfast? Not the healthiest. This smoothie is much better! Bet it is the perfect way to start your morning.
Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
Such a bright smoothie to start the day! I feel that my success rate for waking up in the morning to work out is at about 10% right now.
Shelley @ Two Healthy Kitchens
Wow! What a burst of sunshine in my morning! I’ve been kinda out of the loop lately, and happily clicked over to your blog to see what I’d been missing … and this cheerful smoothie absolutely caught my eye right off the bat! Then I read how simple it is (definitely what you need when you’re sleep-deprived from a teething-night!). So great! Absolutely pinning this sunshine-y idea! And hey – about green smoothies … we do have a recipe on our blog called A Healthier Take on the Shamrock Shake (but it’s got dairy in it) – absolutely thumbs-up, kid-approved by all four of our kiddos, even when they knew exactly what was in there! So I can totally vouch for the fact that spinach, specifically, blends up beautifully (we can jam-cram three cups of spinach into 2 3/4 cups of shake) – and you don’t taste it a bit! Maybe try a smoothie combo that you would EXPECT to be green, anyway – like one that includes green Granny Smith apples, or green grapes, or kiwi … so your brain can get past the green color and just enjoy the healthy, deliciousness! Oh – and FYI here’s the link if you’re curious … http://www.twohealthykitchens.com/?p=3364
Looks good Kelly! I love smoothies for lunch when it’s hot…which it is here at the moment!! Those bags of frozen fruit are the best. I do love green smoothies too. Coconut water, spinach and then whatever fruit you’d like, maybe a little yogurt. Yum!
When it came to lucky charms, I was always a marshmallow-only eater. Hard to resist those little bursts of sugar, ha! Just like you, I try to start the day off with a workout and love slurping down a smoothie afterwards. Your tropical smoothie looks fantastic! I love the coconut flake idea. I could puh-robably drink this every single day.
Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen
I’d love to wake up to this smoothie! Where did you get your reusable straw? And, Kelly, you really do need to try a green smoothie! I promise it won’t taste like spinach. :) If my kids will eat it, then it’s got to be good! I have two recipes that I love – just type “green smoothie” into the search box on my site. Or, add some greens to any of your favorite smoothies. The flavor shouldn’t change. :)
We got those from Strawsome! I love them! I am totally going to look for your green smoothie recipes, I am going to be brave and try! :)
Oops, I spelled that wrong…it’s Strawesome!