Quick and Easy Tropical Green Smoothie

Green smoothies are just a thing of beauty, aren’t they? The vibrant color isn’t just easy on the eyes— it’s also a sign of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and many other glorious nutritious components.

I always advise caution with smoothies though, because they can become fiber bombs (read: stomach ache) and sugar bombs (read: blood sugar spike and a headache) very quickly. Check out my Journal post all about creating and enjoying balanced smoothies here.

This is definitely my most-made smoothie because 1) it’s super-quick, 2) it contains minimal ingredients, and 3) it tastes really good! Sometimes I’ll throw in frozen mango chunks to replace some of the pineapple, and I may add ¼ – ½ avocado or a tablespoon of hemp seeds if I’m more hungry, but this basic green beauty is my go-to— I hope you give it a try!

Quick and Easy Tropical Green Smoothie

Serves: 1 | Prep time:  10 min. | Cook time: 0 min. | Total time:  10 min.

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ cup unsweetened milk of choice

  • ½ banana, frozen

  • ½ cup pineapple chunks, frozen (or a combination of mango and pineapple; about 8 chunks total)

  • 1-2 tablespoon(s) ground flaxseed

  • 1 scoop collagen peptides

  • 2 coconut milk cubes (frozen cubes of canned coconut milk) or 2 ice cubes or 2 tablespoons canned coconut milk

  • 1-2 cups spinach, fresh or frozen (about 1 large handful)

  • Optional: ¼ – ½ avocado

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend.

  2. Enjoy!

NOTES

  • To keep this smoothie low-FODMAP, only use ½ of a green banana and only ¼ cup pineapple. You will also need to skip the coconut cubes and avocado, too, as these plus the fruit may create too large of a FODMAP load.

  • Try freezing your smoothie into popsicle molds for a fun (and nutritious!) warm-weather sweet treat.

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