Tropical Green Protein Smoothie

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If you have trouble waking up in the morning, this is the Tropical Smoothie for you! It has brightness and zing thanks to lime and ginger, tropical sweetness from mango and pineapple, and a huge serving of greens that you can’t even taste. It’s the perfect way to kickstart your day!

Believe it or not, I often wake up thinking about this tropical smoothie and it actually motivates me to get out of bed (!) and run downstairs to make breakfast.  I’m not exaggerating; it is that good. It has it all: greens, fruit, fiber, protein AND it is so tasty, creamy and refreshing.  The zing of the lime and spiciness of the ginger pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the pineapple and mango.  The hemp seeds provide plant-based protein and the ginger aids in digestion and any morning queasiness. It goes down easy for sure and my kids are always asking to share…so be warned that if you have little ones in the house you should make double!

Smoothie with Spinach

I always include a huge handful of greens when I make a smoothie. This recipe has two handfuls of baby spinach, but you could do more if it fits into your blender! I say fill it to the top! You really can’t taste spinach in a smoothie like this one. All of the other flavors totally cover it up and you can feel great knowing you got a bunch of greens in first thing in the morning. Spinach is high in vitamins C, K, and A. It also has folate, manganese, magnesium, and iron.

All About Hemp Seeds

I got a bunch of protein in this smoothie by using raw hulled hemp seeds. This is a really wonderful plant-based protein that you can find with the nuts and seeds at your local grocery store. Hemp seeds have a mildly nutty flavor that you can’t taste at all with all of the other tropical smoothie flavors in this recipe! Hemp seeds have plant-based protein and fiber, so they’re a really great addition to your day.

How to Sweeten a Smoothie

Skip the sugar and sweeten your smoothie naturally! I love including 3 Medjool dates (pits removed, of course!) in my drink. You could also use a splash of pure maple syrup! I would add these in if you’re new to smoothies and apprehensive about the ginger or spinach. Honestly, though, the pineapple and mango are sweet enough that you could leave the dates out and still have a really delicious smoothie!

This smoothie serves two generously but sometimes I drink it all on my own if I know it will be a while until lunchtime.  It is definitely kid-friendly too and a great way to get nutrition into your little ones early in the day. This recipe is, of course, allergy friendly containing no nuts, no gluten, no dairy and no soy.  It is 100% raw and vegan too.  It is easy to digest and very filling making it a great way to kickstart the day.

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Tropical Green Protein Smoothie


  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Prep Time: 8 mins
  • Total Time: 8 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

If you have trouble waking up in the morning, this is the Tropical Smoothie for you! It has brightness and zing thanks to lime and ginger, tropical sweetness from mango and pineapple, and a huge serving of greens that you can’t even taste. It’s the perfect way to kickstart your day!


Ingredients

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  • 1 3/4 cups unsweetened, plain non-dairy milk (I like almond or coconut milk)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 2 large handfuls baby spinach
  • 3 tablespoons raw hulled hemp seeds (adds 10 grams of protein)
  • 1 large juicy lime, zested and juiced
  • 3 large pitted Medjool dates (or 1.5 tablespoons pure maple syrup)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed or ground flaxseed (optional)
  • 1-inch fresh ginger root, peeled 

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the bowl of a blender and blend thoroughly on high speed until completely smooth. If it isn’t quite blending, add a bit more non-dairy milk or use a tamper or plunger (if you have one with your blender) to help with blending.
  2. Blend for at least one minute on high so everything is well blended (especially the ginger).  Add one cup of ice if desired (see notes).
  3. Pour into two large glasses.  Serve immediately. 

Notes

Add a small handful raw blanched slivered almonds (not sliced almonds) for added creaminess and protein.  Raw cashews also work.

I like to add one cup of crushed ice after the first blend to make it extra frosty.

  • Category: Breakfast

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