Sometimes I think I'm really just a 10-year-old trapped in an adult body. I mean, I still have to hide vegetables in my food to meet the recommended amount of servings. I feel like whenever I try to force myself to eat a raw vegetable, I end up dousing it in dressing, dip, or hummus, negating the healthiness of whatever I just choked down. This is why smoothies have been a longtime favorite of mine. I can stuff handfuls of spinach or kale into a blender without tasting a difference.
Lately I've been craving tropical beverages, which is pretty standard for me toward the end of pregnancy. If it's cold, sweet, and fruity, I'm on board! So when I walked past the bag of frozen pineapple at the grocery store, it beckoned to me like a siren song. Combine that with the avocados that were on sale, and I knew I had a tropical smoothie in the making.
The avocado and banana made this smoothie super creamy, and it honestly tasted like I was on vacation at the beach. I made the mistake of sharing a sip with my three-year-old, and she ended up just grabbing a second straw and helping herself. #regrets
Anyway, this smoothie is such a simple way to eat healthy and meet your produce quote for the day without stocking up on tons of ingredients. With kids in the house, anything that hits the easy, quick, and healthy categories is a win in my book!
Tropical Green Smoothie
- 8 oz water
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 2-3 heaping handfuls of spinach
- Add all ingredients to a blender (we have a Ninja) in the order listed.
- Pulse the blender a few times, then blend on high until it reaches a smooth consistency.
- Scrape down the sides of the blender if needed - that spinach will fly all over the place!
- Add more water if it's too thick.
- Makes 1 large smoothie
- Drink in a closet to hide from your kids - they're going to steal all of it.
- I could see this being delicious and even more tropical with coconut water!
- For variation you could try adding or substituting other tropical fruits, such as mango, or throwing in a few frozen strawberries (although the color won't be as pretty and green).
Let me know what you think if you give this a try! I'm blending up a batch of these next time we drive over to the beach - this is the perfect warm weather beverage. Cheers!