tropical smoothie recipe

I am smoothie obsessed. I had a forced hiatus from my smoothie making madness when I blew a fuse/burnt out the motor/whatever you want to call it on my beloved blender. A gift card from my in laws fixed that.

I did some hunting around and finally decided on the Ninja Professional Blender since most of the reviews raved about how awesome it was for smoothies. I waited until there were major sales going on ($40 off? You better believe I’ll take it!) and I made her mine. Now, my smoothie a day habit is back on in full force.

My sister keeps hounding me for recipes (ease up off me, girl!), so I thought I’d share three of my favorite smoothie recipes with you guys.

smoothie recipes: tropical smoothie

  • 1 cup coconut milk (or almond or whatever. Coconut just makes it more tropical)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 handful of kale
  • 2 handfuls of frozen blueberries
  • 2 handfuls of frozen mixed fruit (my mix has strawberries, pineapple, mango, peaches and grapes)


This one is one of Ellie’s absolute favorites (if you look back at a lot of the filthy Ellie pictures I post, this smoothie is usually what she’s covered in). It’s sweet and a little creamy and makes me feel like I’m sitting on a beach for a second even when there’s snow on the ground.

smoothie recipes: kitchen sink smoothie

  • 1 1/2 coconut milk
  • 1 apple
  • 1 pear
  • handful of spinach
  • handful of kale
  • handful of baby carrots
  • handful of frozen mixed fruits (same as above)


This guy is jam packed. It’s sweet and refreshing and tastes really fresh, if that makes any sense. I’ll be honest and tell you that the consistency is a little weird (especially if you have a blender like mine, which leaves things a bit pulpy). Ellie is not such a big fan of this one for that reason.

To make it a little smoother, you could leave out the pear (it seems like the apple/pear combo is what makes it kind of grainy). If you’re like me and you’re ok with it (or could at least get used to it), keep it in there for an extra serving of fruit. If not, it’s still awesome for you without it.

smoothie recipes: chocolate peanut butter smoothie

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tbspn peanut butter (I used natural)
  • 2 tbspn cocoa powder


This guy is freakin delicious and perfect if you’re looking for a healthy dessert option. It’s thick and milkshake like. You can still taste the banana a bit, but it’s creamy and peanut buttery and seriously filling.

One last thing: one of my friends was asking on Facebook for inspiration to drink smoothies during the winter. I am definitely the first to admit that when I’m cold, I don’t want to drink anything cold. I’d rather have a cup of coffee or some tea and huddle under a blanket.

For that reason, I usually get my smoothies in at lunch time during the winter. It’s a little warmer at that point and I’ve usually been running around chasing a wild toddler. Now, I realize that it’s not exactly easy for people who work outside of their home to do this. You could try making one in the morning and bringing it to work with you. Or you could make it as an after work snack.

The other thing that keeps me drinking them is seriously delicious recipes like these. Just thinking about them makes me want one and most of the time my craving outweighs the freezing factor.

Plus they are so good for you. It’s the best way to squeeze a couple of servings of fruits and veggies into your day and it doesn’t require any added sugar or fats. It’s just straight up healthy deliciousness.

Your turn: do you have any delicious go-to smoothie recipes to share?

Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.