A couple of weeks ago I hit a serious breakfast slump. The idea of scarfing down breakfast before I rushed out the door for work seemed very unappealing. I wanted something in the morning that would give me a great jolt of energy but would also subside my hunger. Enter: the tropical green smoothie. Not only do I make this green beauty every morning for breakfast, I save some to sip on as a healthy mid-afternoon snack as well. Apprehensive about the green? Don’t fear: the flavor of spinach takes a back seat when combined with tropical fruits, such as pineapple and mango. All in all, this smoothie isn’t just full of nutrients to help get you going in the morning, but is also deliciously refreshing.
Tropical Green Smoothie
Makes two 12 ounce smoothies (24 ounces)
1 cup pineapple, frozen
1 cup mango
1 medium banana, sliced and frozen
1 heaping handful spinach
1 medium cucumber, chopped
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup coconut water
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into serving cups and sip happy! *Freezing the pineapple and banana are not necessary, but I do recommend it if you have the time (pop them in the freezer the night before!) Freezing some of the fruit adds nice, cool texture without having to add ice.