With its blend of frozen and fresh fruits, you cannot ask for a more refreshing or delicious breakfast treat than the Tropical Fruit Smoothie! Depending on what you use in them, Tropical Fruit Smoothies make for a healthy option that you and your children can enjoy without any guilt and are a fabulous way to get in some of your much needed five a day!
They are filled with plenty of fiber and loads of nutrition. Tropical Smoothies can take you away on a tropical taste adventure and can be really refreshing on hot summer days! With the consistency of a milkshake, this is one healthy treat that your children will be begging you for! These smoothies are so tasty they might even go so far as to request one of these rather than dessert!
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE A TROPICAL SMOOTHIE
These ingredients are my favorite combination for a smoothie, but it goes without saying you can substitute any fruit you have or love, or even some veggies. They are truly something that you can experiment with and tailor to your own tastes.
|¼ cup of crushed pineapple, undrained (include some juice)|
|½ cup of frozen chopped strawberries|
|½ cup of chopped frozen mango|
|½ ripe banana sliced|
|½ cup of coconut milk (full fat or light, it is your choice)|
|½ cup of water or freshly squeezed orange juice|
|1 tsp honey (Optional, depends on how sweet you want it)|
HINTS & TIPS FOR MAKING TROPICAL SMOOTHIES
These are my sure-fire hints and tips to make the best Tropical Smoothies!
- Read through the recipe and assemble any ingredients required.
- You will want/need a powerful blender or a dedicated smoothie maker. These machines are designed to grind everything into the smoothest mixture possible.
- You want a mix of fresh and frozen ingredients. The frozen fruits are what gives smoothies a real boost of flavour and that lovely slushy texture we all enjoy. You can use ice rather than frozen fruit, but I think that ice really waters down the flavours too much.
- You do not need a lot of sugar or sweeteners for these. I do not use any myself, but if you find yourself wanting a bit of sweetness then you can add some honey.
- I add a half a banana sliced along with the frozen fruit which adds some sweet creaminess.
- Do not forget the liquid. You will need some kind of liquid in order to help the blades of your smoothie maker catch the fruits and blend them to perfection. For the Tropical smoothie, I like to use coconut milk and either regular milk, water, or orange juice. Remember that juices can add a lot of sugar and sweetness. Coconut milk gives these a rich velvety texture and of course even more tropical flavour! It is also rather high in calories, so if you are watching these, substitute it with a lower calorie fruit juice or skim milk.
- Have fun!
HOW TO MAKE A TROPICAL SMOOTHIE
Nothing could really be any easier to make than a smoothie!
Place all of the ingredients into your smoothie maker cup in the order given.
Put the lid on tightly and blitz/blend until smooth. (Alternately you can use a powerful blender.)
Pour into your serving cup and enjoy!
SUGGESTIONS FOR SERVING
I like to serve my smoothies in a pretty glass. Of course, you can drink them right from the smoothie maker cup. They often come with screw-on sipping lids. If you have an iced glass or mug, that is great. It will help to keep your smoothie cold for longer, especially on a hot summer day. If you want to get really whimsical you can add a paper umbrella!
Children like to use straws but do beware that if you use a straw you will want a thick one. Smoothies are thick and a regular straw just will not cut it. AVOID plastic straws, only use paper straws or, if possible, you can now buy reusable metal straws.
Above all remember nothing is set in stone. Feel free to substitute any kinds of frozen fruits that you do enjoy for the ones I have suggested. When you are making a smoothie it is all about flavor and texture. The fruits you choose should be ones that you enjoy. You can up the protein by adding a dollop of plain yogurt. Remember always that something which you have made yourself is far better for you and your children than anything you can purchase at a drive-through! Homemade Tropical Smoothies are quick, easy, and incredibly delicious!
- ¼ cup of crushed pineapple, undrained (include some juice)
- ½ cup of frozen chopped strawberries
- ½ cup of chopped frozen mango
- ½ ripe banana sliced
- ½ cup of coconut milk (full fat or light, it is your choice)
- ½ cup of water or freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 tsp honey (Optional, depends on how sweet you want it)
- Place all of the ingredients into your smoothie maker cup in the order given. Put the lid on tightly and blitz/blend until smooth. (Alternately you can use a powerful blender.)
- Pour into your serving cup and enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420 using full fat coconut milk: 236 using fresh orange juice rather than coconut milk
Marie Rayner is a retired Chef, freelance writer, recipe developer, food blogger, and Cookbook author. She makes her home in Chester, UK, where she lives with her husband, Todd, and their much beloved English Cocker, Mitzie. Her motto is “Life is far too short to eat bad food,” and her goal is to share delicious and easy recipes which anyone can enjoy and cook in the comfort of their own home.