The perfect tropical smoothie will make you feel like you are on vacation on a beautiful island. The best part of a good tropical smoothie, however, is the fabulous health benefits you will get from nutritious ingredients that are in season right now. Grab your blender and get ready to make some of the tastiest, healthiest, most refreshing smoothies ever. Bonus points if you have a little umbrella to garnish them with!
How to Make the Perfect Tropical Smoothie
The best tropical smoothie recipes start with… you guessed it. Tropical fruits! Mangos, pineapples, guavas, papaya, and bananas offer some unique health benefits in addition to their signature sweet flavors.
Mangos contain an antioxidant known as zeaxanthin that is particularly beneficial to eye health, and that may protect your eyes from macular degeneration. A single cup of mango also provides 100% of your vitamin C requirements, which your body needs for healthy skin and hair.
Pineapple packs a punch of vitamin C, as well. One cup of pineapple is equal to 100% of your daily vitamin C needs, and will help support your immune system. Fresh pineapple is also the only known source of bromelain enzyme which helps break down proteins, which aids in digestion.
Tropical fruits are rich sources of vitamin C, and papayas are no exception. As a matter of fact, one single papaya fruit provides 224% of your daily vitamin C. In addition to antioxidant vitamin C, papayas also contain antioxidants vitamin E, lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. All of these antioxidants work hard to protect you from cellular damage that can lead to aging and illness. Papayas also contain an enzyme called papain that will aid in digestion, and potassium to help protect the heart.
Guava has more lycopene than any other plant food, including watermelon and tomatoes. That’s good news for men watching their prostate health, since this antioxidant is thought to help protect against prostate cancer. Ladies, guava benefits you as well with more potassium than you’ll find in a banana, and a healthy dose of fiber. Lastly, at 396% of your daily vitamin C, guava tops our list for collagen, joint, skin, hair, and immune health support.
The banana is probably the most popular of tropical fruits, so you may underestimate its health benefits. Bananas support heart health with fiber, potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B6. High potassium levels are associated with a reduced risk of stroke, and protection against bone and muscle loss.
- Choose any of the tropical fruits listed above, and add them to a liquid of your choice. Coconut milk, almond milk, kefir, or yogurt are all great choices for your tropical smoothie.
- Brighten the flavor of your tropical smoothie with a bit of citrus juice. Squeeze an orange, lemon, or lime into the mix.
- Boost the flavor of your smoothie even further by adding dates for sweetness, almond milk, or even fresh vanilla seeds. Your tastebuds will thank you!
- When you have all of your ingredients gathered, put them in your blender and add some ice. Take it for a whirl, and enjoy the refreshing chill and delicious benefits of a tropical smoothie.
Need some inspiration? Here are eight delicious tropical smoothie recipes to get you started!
This classic Tropical Smoothie recipe combines mango, papaya, and banana with orange juice, milk, and yogurt, with a hint of honey for added sweetness.
Tofu Tropical Smoothie
Adding tofu to a smoothie is a smart way to increase the plant-based protein. The combination of tofu protein and good carbs from mango and pineapple juice makes this an ideal meal replacement or post-workout drink. This Tofu Tropical Smoothie is silky, creamy, and vegan-friendly.
Pineapple Beets Smoothie
It may sound like an odd combination, but a Pineapple Beets Smoothie is actually the bee’s knees. The sweetness of pineapple and orange juice will hide away any vegetable flavor from the beet, and you get an extra dose of antioxidant protection from this unconventional ingredient.
Banana Mango Smoothie
This simple, easy smoothie recipe calls for bananas, mangos, and apple juice, but coconut milk can be substituted to really bring out the tropical flavors. To make this Banana Mango Smoothie even easier, use frozen mango pieces instead of cutting up a fresh fruit. The flavor is the same, and you will save time.
Tango Mango Smoothie
Another quick and easy mango smoothie, this Tango Mango includes yogurt to give you a dose of protein, calcium, and vitamin D. Along with the vitamin C from the mango, and potassium from the banana, and this smoothie practically doubles as a multivitamin.
If you have been looking for a way to add a papaya to a smoothie, this is it. Fresh papaya is the star in this Papaya Smoothie, with banana and mango nectar playing supporting roles. Lime zest will brighten the whole thing up and really bring the flavors together.
Creamy Papaya Smoothie
Sometimes a tropical smoothie could easily pass as a dessert, and this is the case with this Creamy Papaya Smoothie. Vanilla yogurt is a healthy base that adds a touch of warm sweetness that perfectly complements fresh papaya and banana.
Papaya Strawberry Soymilk
Another vegan-friendly option, Papaya Strawberry Soymilk Smoothie is full of plant-based protein. Seasonal summer strawberries will add a touch of pink and a wonderful flavor to fresh papaya. Strawberries are extremely high in antioxidants and have even been found to help with blood sugar control, making this an extremely beneficial beverage to enjoy this summer.