A fruit smoothie is great for on the go breakfast, a quick snack or a post-workout recovery drink. And what better time to make a tropical smoothie recipe than in the summer when those types of fruit, like papaya, mango chunks, ripe banana, and pineapple are right in season?
Along with some veggies, you can make a wonderful tropical smoothie that meets the daily values of key nutrients, like vitamin A and vitamin C. Yet, watch for sugar. You want to add in veggies and keep tropical fruit in smaller serving sizes to keep sugar in check. Whether you want to make a frozen mango smoothie or a delicious frozen pineapple blend, here are a few low sugar smoothies that use tropical fruits for that summertime, beachy feel.
Made with frozen mango chunks, orange juice, Greek yogurt, and banana, this tropical smoothie is low in sugar and packed with flavor. It has honey for natural sweetness, and the Greek yogurt is plain to keep added sugar down. You can use frozen banana over fresh if you like. It’s done in 10 minutes, total time.
This tropical fruit smoothie recipe uses blueberries and banana for antioxidants and potassium, as well as kale as its veggie. Plus, it’s high in protein, so you can enjoy this for a post-workout recipe or a quick portable breakfast that will fill you up until lunch. Use low-fat or plain Greek yogurt to keep sugar down, and feel free to add in chia seeds or flax seeds for extra heart-healthy fats.
This papaya and mango smoothie is perfect for summer, as these fruits are right in season. You can use fresh or frozen mango and papaya, and you can add in coconut milk for a flavorful liquid that is tropical and loaded with creamy fat to give the smoothie that luscious texture. It’s low in sugar, since it’s only sweetened with honey. It’s packed with vitamin C to boost immunity, and it’s a lot healthier than a sweet juice you might find at the grocery store. Want more protein? Add in a protein powder or avocado, the latter which also has healthy fats and a nice, creamy texture.
With no added sugar, this smoothie uses frozen pineapple chunks, ripe banana, coconut milk, and vanilla yogurt. You can even make a dairy-free version, if you need. You can also use frozen fruit over fresh, and swap for almond milk over coconut milk if you prefer, too. This tropical smoothie recipe is also done in just five minutes, so you can blend, grab a straw, and sip right when you want it. Add in veggies, like kale or spinach, for extra nutrients and fiber.