My Tropical Zinger Green Smoothie combines all the island flavours I’ve been craving lately — creamy banana, sweet pineapple, zingy satsuma, hearty pear, bright lime, healing ginger and hydrating coconut water — plus a mega dose of nutritious spinach and omega rich chia seeds (I promise you can’t taste the spinach at all!). This tropical elixir is packed full of vitamins, potassium, iron and protein — I often make it for lunch or breakfast to help with post workout recovery and give me an energy boost to power through the rest of my day. It’s also a great way to persuade your littles to eat their fruits and vegetables! Whip up a Tropical Zinger Green Smoothie anytime you’re craving a taste of the tropics — it’s refreshing, revitalizing and reminiscent of a super charged pinã colada (no white sandy beach required!).
1frozen bananaapproximately 1/2 a cup
2small satsumas or mandarinsor 1 large orange
Half a pear
1scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2cupunsweetened coconut water
Juice from half a lime
Unsweetened shredded coconut
If you don’t have frozen bananas (or pineapple) on hand, you’ll need to make some! Frozen bananas are absolutely essential for a thick, creamy smoothie (trust me — you’ll thank me later!). To make them, simply peel and slice your bananas, peel and chop your pineapple, then scoop them into plastic bags and freeze for at least 4 hours.
Chop (if necessary) and add all fresh ingredients, along with your frozen ingredients to your Vitamix (or similar).
Blend until smooth.
Pour the Tropical Zinger Green Smoothie into a glass and garnish with fresh toppings. Some of my favourites include any of the ingredients featured in the smoothie (note above under the Optional Garnish section), along with hemp hearts, shredded coconut and edible flowers.