4 Ingredient Tropical Green Smoothie (Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free)


You won’t find an easier green smoothie than the 4 Ingredient Green Tropical Smoothie. This super healthy, dairy-free smoothie tastes like a tropical island treat. Sooo tasty!green smoothie

Four ingredients. That’s it! That’s all you need to make one of the tastiest, healthiest smoothies out there. Let’s break down those four ingredients and talk about why we need them in this easy green smoothie

1 – Coconut Water

What is coconut water and why use it? An article on WebMD says:

Naturally refreshing, coconut water has a sweet, nutty taste. It contains easily digested carbohydrates in the form of sugar and electrolytes. Not to be confused with high-fat coconut milk or oil, coconut water is a clear liquid in the fruit’s center that is tapped from young, green coconuts. It has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drink…and much less sugar than sodas and some fruit juices.

What I like about coconut water in this recipe is that one cup has less sugar than orange juice or milk, which are my usual liquids for a smoothie. But, it still adds some sweetness and a hint of coconut flavor.

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2 – Baby Spinach

Organic baby spinach is my go-to green for smoothies. It’s tasteless when combined with fruit, yet packs a huge punch of antioxidants (hello, Vitamin A and C!) and a natural vegetarian source of iron to start your day. Go ahead and sneak in even more than one cup, if you dare.

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3 – Tropical Frozen Fruit Blend

This is a blend of frozen mango, pineapple, and strawberries that you can find in the frozen food section of almost any grocery store. Tropical fruit blend adds fiber, vitamin C out the wazoo, some Vitamin A, and even some iron. In combo with the coconut water, this ingredient will make you feel like you’re on a tropical island!

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4 – Raw Nuts

The raw nuts add protein to balance out the sugars, as well as, trace minerals and fiber. I suggest using raw cashews, almonds, or macadamia nuts. They add a mild nuttiness to round out the flavor profile of this easy green smoothie.

You are going to feel like a million bucks after starting your day with this 4 Ingredient Green Tropical Smoothie. So stinkin’ easy!

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4 Ingredient Green Tropical Smoothie

  • Author: Rachel
  • Yield: 1 serving

Description

You won’t find an easier green smoothie than this! This super healthy, dairy-free smoothie tastes like a tropical island treat thanks to coconut water and frozen tropical fruit.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 packed cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup frozen tropical fruit blend (pineapple, mango, strawberries)
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews, almonds, or macadamia nuts

Instructions

Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Add ice, if you like your smoothie more like a slushy.


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