When we're sweating through our workdays on the hottest summer days, we like to imagine sipping a tropical smoothie on the beach. It's that time of year where it's impossible to resist daydreaming about our next vacation.
Whether or not the beach is in your immediate future, our tropical smoothie recipe will leave you feeling like you are ocean-side. The refreshing sweetness from mango and pineapple, creamy coconut, and the optional addition of detoxifying properties from spirulina, will make you want to add it to your weekly rotation of Daily Shakes. It's also a perfect addition to the 21-Day Clean Program.
A Tropical Smoothie with High-Quality Fat
Coconut oil is often labeled a superfood, and for good reason. Containing about 50% lauric acid, coconut oil is extremely heart-healthy as it can help prevent issues like high cholesterol and high blood pressure. The fat content of coconut oil also helps with the absorption of other minerals and vitamins and can keep you satiated longer, makingour tropical smoothie great to have in morning as it helps keep hunger at bay throughout the day.
Frozen vs. Fresh
One of the best parts of vacationing in tropical destinations is access to juicy, dessert-like fruit. Pineapple and mango are two that come to mind, making them perfect for this tropical smoothie. If you have access to local, in-season fruits, choose them! But for the sake of practicality, buying organic, frozen versions is a great option. Since these fruits are typically freshly-picked and frozen in their peak season, frozen versions can often contain higher nutrient levels than buying fresh fruits and vegetables flown in from thousands of miles away. Always keep a stock of your favorite frozen fruits and veggies handy so that when life gets busy, tossing a few on-hand ingredients in a blender can be a quick nutrient-filled solution to having "nothing to eat."
A Different Kind of Tropical Smoothie
If you are on the 21-Day Clean Program or just feeling adventurous, we encourage you to add a green powder like Clean Greens or Clean favorite, Spirulina, to this smoothie. The deep blue-green color of Spirulina fits into our ocean-side theme; Spirulina is chock-full of nutrients, antioxidants, and protein. It's is a complete protein source and a single tablespoon contains four grams of high-quality protein. Complete proteins contain all essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of our bodies and are essential for all metabolic processes. Most complete proteins come from animal sources, but Spirulina is one of the few plant-based sources.
Spirulina is dense with antioxidants which are crucial for preventing inflammation. Inflammation is linked to many diseases like cancer, so consuming antioxidant-rich foods is important for longevity.
Prep time: 5 minutes
2 cups mango, fresh or frozen
1 cup pineapple, fresh or frozen
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 Tbsp coconut oil
juice from one lime
1 tsp ginger
1 cup ice, if using fresh fruit
2 Tbsp of chia seeds
Optional: 2 tsp spirulina or Clean Greens
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately!
Recipe by Frank Giglio
Photography by Lynn Karlin