I can’t possibly have a healthy food blog without a green smoothie or juice recipe. So I thought I’d show you how to make a delicious Tropical Green Smoothie that can easily be turned into juice, without the need of a juicer!
Better still, it’s delicious and you won’t need a high-powered blender. I own a Hamilton Beach blender that’s at least 10-15 years old and it works like a charm. Mind you, I’ve never had a smoothie made in a high-power blender so I really don’t know the difference.
This is a tropical green smoothie because the main flavours will be banana, coconut and pineapple. This recipe, like all smoothie and juice recipes, is very customizable and I’ll make some notes along the way with yummy substitutions.
Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe
I start by adding a frozen banana into the blender. I find it hard to make any smoothie without one! Then I add frozen pineapple chunks, but fresh is amazing as well! If you aren’t using any frozen fruit I would recommend adding ice or refrigerating the smoothie/juice because it should be cold when drinking.
If you don’t like pineapple, simply substitute with mango or peaches!
Next I add the greens. I use spinach because I find it less of a hassle than kale, and it mixes better in my simple blender. Feel free to use kale though, it would be a great option as well. I typically add a 3-4 inch piece of cucumber because it has a uniquely refreshing taste, but making the recipe without cucumber is equally good.
Next I add 1/2 C to 1 C water just to get it blending nicely. I also add ~4 tablespoons of coconut shreds. You could use coconut water instead of the plain water, but if coconut water is too expensive then a more economical option would be to use water and coconut shreds to get the right flavour.
Now blend and you’re done! A delicious and healthy Tropical Green Smoothie!
Strain Your Smoothie to Create Juice
If you’re interested in juicing but don’t own a juicer, I’m going to show you a neat trick to turn this smoothie into juice. How is that you ask?
You can take a piece of cheese cloth (available at most stores selling kitchen equipment) and place it over a container. I find it helps to dampen the cloth because it will stick better to the edges of a glass container and it’s less likely the cloth will slip into the container. Then all you have to do is pour the smoothie mix over the cheese cloth and let it drain through.
This would take a really long time to actually let it all drip through on its own, so what I recommend is to pull all corners of the cheese cloth together and gently squeeze the juice out. You will have to work in batches and rinse the pulp out of the cloth each time, but the end result is delicious juice.
Caution: when squeezing the cheese cloth it tends to squirt everywhere so I recommend doing this over your sink!
Eh voila! You now have a smoothie or a juice in no time at all. Enjoy!
- • 1 frozen banana
- • 1½ C fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
- • 1 C packed fresh spinach
- • 3 inch piece of cucumber
- • 3-4 tbsp coconut shreds if not using coconut water
- • ½ C - 1 C water or coconut water
- Place all the ingredients in a blender with enough water to blend.
- Blend on high speed until smooth.
- If you want, you can strain the smoothie using the method above to make a delicious green juice!