4-Ingredient Tropical Green Smoothie (+ Freezer Pack Instructions)


This easy, healthy 4 Ingredient Tropical Green Smoothie recipe tastes like you’re sitting on the beach in the Caribbean. (Yes, that’s a flavor.) Try this dairy-free, gluten-free, low calorie way to pack in some extra Vitamin C, fiber, and protein into your diet. We’ll teach you how to make it into a freezer smoothie pack for later, too.

pineapple, mango, spinach, cashews on cutting board. Tropical green smoothie with a red straw.

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It’s the dead of winter here. So much so that school was canceled today because of the wind chill outside! All I can think about is sitting on the beach sipping a tropical drink. Good thing I have the four simple ingredients needed for today’s Caribbean-inspired tropical green smoothie–the second of 7 smoothie recipes we are sharing on the blog right now.

pineapple, mango, spinach, cashews on cutting board

7 Easy, Healthy Smoothie Recipes

We are sharing o 7 easy, healthy smoothie recipes on the blog right now that you can make ahead and freeze as smoothie packs. In addition to today’s, we hope you’ll try (or Pin for later) these others:

Colorful smoothies in mason jars

All of the easy, healthy smoothie recipes we are sharing, like today’s 4-Ingredient Tropical Green Smoothie, have a few things in common. Each recipe:

  • Tastes good! Yes, these smoothies are SUPER HEALTHY but we wanted to make sure they didn’t taste like weeds from the backyard.
  • Includes only simple real food ingredients that you can find in just about any grocery store.
  • Makes a single-serving (approx. 16 ounce) smoothie, which can work as a meal replacement. Or, divide it up among family members.
  • Includes fruits and/or vegetables and a source of protein and healthy fats to keep you full and satisfied.
  • Includes freezer smoothie pack instructions so you can prep several of them ahead of time to have on hand.

How to Make a Smoothie Pack

4-ingredient tropical smoothie pack

I personally love that you can freeze the spinach and nuts in today’s 4-Ingredient Tropical Green Smoothie freezer pack alongside the fruit. We’ve found that freezing all kinds of ingredients for smoothies, from nut butters to greens to bananas, works well because smoothies are very forgiving! To make this recipe a smoothie pack, simply follow our freezing instructions given below in the recipe. I prefer to make 4 smoothie packs at a time to save time and money.

How to Make a Tropical Green Smoothie

With only four ingredients required, this may be our easiest smoothie of all! Like always, you’ll start with the liquid–coconut water this time–and then add the solids–frozen fruit, spinach, and cashews. The cashews add protein and healthy fat to balance out the sugars in the smoothie and keep you full.

pineapple, mango, spinach, cashews on cutting board

Once you have everything in the blender, blend until smooth (about 1 minute or less). Sometimes this requires stopping and shaking or stirring the contents. You may even need to add a splash more liquid. Hop to our Kitchen Resources page to see which blender we recommend.

Below is your shopping list for this easy, green smoothie. I found all of these ingredients at Aldi, so most stores should carry them.

  • 100% pure coconut water (read the label to avoid any added sugars)
  • Frozen tropical fruit blend (i.e. pineapple, mango, papaya)
  • Baby spinach (I prefer organic, which is easy to find)
  • Raw cashews (sub: raw almond or macadamia nuts)
Tropical smoothie in a mason jar with pineapple in the background

Why Use Coconut Water in Smoothies?

You may not be familiar with coconut water yet, but you should get to know this sweet, nutty flavored water found in the center of a young, green coconut. Don’t confuse it with coconut milk, though, which is made by adding water to grated coconut meat.

Coconut water is a fantastic ingredient for smoothies because it contains less sugar and calories than fruit juice and no fat. It also adds a few key nutrients including potassium (1 serving is more than four bananas!), magnesium, and manganese. Be sure to only buy 100% pure (unsweetened) coconut water to avoid added sugars.

Overhead shot of tropical smoothie

Alright, friend! It’s time to blend, kick back with your tropical drink, and dream of the beach while you sip on your greens. Or, spend a few minutes dividing up ingredients and make some freezer smoothie packs for later. Cheers!

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pineapple, mango, spinach, cashews on cutting board

4-Ingredient Tropical Green Smoothie

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Total Time: 3
  • Yield: 1 (approx. 16 ounce) smoothie
  • Category: Smoothies

Description

This easy, healthy green smoothie only requires 4 simple ingredients. A delicious low calorie way to pack Vitamin C, fiber, and protein into your diet. Freezer smoothie pack instructions included.


Ingredients

  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups 100% pure coconut water 
  • 1 ½ cups frozen tropical fruit blend (any combo of pineapple, mango, papaya)
  • 1 packed cup baby spinach (preferably organic)
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews (sub: raw almonds or macadamia nuts)

Instructions

Make It Now:

1. Start by adding 1 cup coconut water to a high-powered blender. Then, add all the other ingredients.

2. Blend until smooth. You may need to stop and stir/shake the blender or add up to 1/2 cup more of coconut water, as needed, to make sure it gets smooth.

Make Freezer Smoothie Packs for Later:

1. Layer ingredients in small freezer bags (or reusable silicone bags) in this order:

  • 1 ½ cups frozen tropical fruit blend (any combo of pineapple, mango, papaya)
  • 1 packed cup baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews (sub: raw almonds or macadamia nuts)

2. Seal tightly, squeezing out the air, and freeze for up to 3 months.

3. To Blend: Pour 1 cup coconut water into a high-powered blender first. Break up the ingredients in the bag by hitting it on the counter or crunching it with your hands. Dump the ingredients from the bag in and follow blending instructions above.

4-ingredient tropical smoothie in a mason jar. Red striped straw sticking out.

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