Smoothie Sundays is back! It’s been a bit of a slow start to my smoothie series but I’m hoping to make up for it with this greenylicious drink I’ve got you. I’ve been needing all the extra energizers + refreshers lately, as some sort of spring exhaustion got me this past week. I feel like I’ve been mainly thinking about chocolate or naps, and literally had to force myself out of the house to eat / work out / do stuff. But with the help of some green drinks, that chocolate, and lots of naps, I feel like myself again and so ready for the summer. And as I was sipping this green goodness, I thought some of you might be in need of some Tropical Greens too!
Even though I don’t always end up making them, I think green smoothies are the bomb when you’re in need of something fresh and nourishing. In the summertime I want to have my smoothies very cold and super thick, like a milkshake. My magic ingredient to a really fresh green smoothie is frozen pineapple, which makes the smoothie a bit tropical, and along with the other frozen ingredients, veeeery cold, a.k.a. just the way I like it. We don’t have frozen pineapple chunks in the stores here in Finland, so whenever I’ve got a ripe pineapple I just chop it into small pieces and freeze in ziploc bags. That way it’s super easy to add some pineapple to any smoothie or drink I’m making!
I added some fresh mint and lemon balm to the smoothie but if you feel like making an even greener drink, you could add some dried nettle, wheatgrass powder or spirulina. My favorite add is the wheatgrass powder and it works especially well after a long night out, when you’re in need of some extra nourishment :)
Pssst. You’ll find more smoothies here!
Tropical Greens Smoothie w/ Lemon Balm & Mint
notes: I don’t usually really measure my ingredients so this is not a strict recipe. you can always add some more fruit / spinach / herbs to make it delicious for you :)
3/4 cup frozen mango chunks
3/4 cup frozen pineapple chunks
a handful of (frozen) spinach
a few mint leaves
a few lemon balm leaves
1/4 cup coconut milk + 1/2 cup water
Chop the banana to a blender. Add all other ingredients and blend until smooth. Add a bit of liquid, if needed. Pour into glasses, serve, and enjoy!