Skinny Tropical Green Smoothie

by Amy on 21 June 2012

Green smoothies have been all over food blogs for the last few months + while I love smoothies, I was nervous to try one. Sure, I saw lots of bloggers say how amazingly delicious (+ not vegetably-tasting) they were, but honestly, I wasn’t buying it. However, a few days ago, after seeing yet another green smoothie recipe online, my curiosity finally got the best of me, + I decided to make one.

Holy moly, I am SO glad I finally made one! All those bloggers were correct – green smoothies ARE scrumptious + as promised, you absolutely cannot taste a hint of vegetable in there. This particular smoothie is a tropical twist on the classic green smoothie + it is amazing! It truly tastes like something that you’d drink while on a Carribbean vacation – it has bright pineapple notes, a delightful creamy coconut flavor + is bursting with freshness. And at under 250 calories per serving + full of healthy vitamins, calcium, + protein, it’s something that you can feel great about enjoying, too.

Skinny Tropical Green Smoothie

Makes 3 1/2 cups (about 2 smoothies), adapted from skinnytaste


3/4 cup light coconut milk
6 oz fat free Greek yogurt
3/4 cup fresh pineapple, cubed
1 ripe medium banana
1 cup spinach, packed
2 tbsp sweetened shredded coconut
1 1/4 cups ice


Put everything into the blender + blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

nutritional information per serving, as provided by skinnytaste:
servings per recipe: 2 • serving size: 1 3/4 cups • old ww points: 4 pts • ww points+: 6 pts
calories: 228 • fat: 7.7 g • protein: 10.2 g • carb: 30.2 g • fiber: 3.9 g • sugar: 19.4 g
sodium: 70.5 mg

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1 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef June 21, 2012 at 8:34 am

i love green smoothies! so glad you like them now too. :)

2 amy June 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

me, too! i’ve had one for breakfast every morning for the past 4 days. i’m already getting addicted! =)

3 Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl June 21, 2012 at 9:20 am

I’ve been nervous to try green smoothies, but since I trust you…I might have to break down and give them a shot! =) Off to check out your guest post!

4 amy June 21, 2012 at 9:26 am

ashley, you sooo should – you’re going to love them – it just tastes like a delicious tropical pineapple + coconut smoothie, no spinachyness at all!

5 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious June 21, 2012 at 10:48 am

I’ve definitely been seeing a lot of green smoothies lately and I know that I should get on it and make it but something keeps coming up! But seeing your post is really pushing me to make it this weekend!

6 kristen @ notsodomesticated June 21, 2012 at 11:56 am

Welcome to the wonderful world of green smoothies! 😉 I was nervous the first time I tried one, but there’s definitely no spinach flavor!

7 Jessica @ Cajunlicious June 21, 2012 at 12:00 pm

amy this looks so yummy and healthy, can’t wait to try this!

8 Jed Gray (sportsglutton) June 21, 2012 at 12:39 pm

I usually I don’t care for whipped spinach in a drink, but I’ll try anything once. 😉

9 amy June 21, 2012 at 1:07 pm

i think this one might win you over, especially if we added some rum in there + called it a tropical colada. =)

10 Kathryn June 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm

love those tropical flavours!

11 Erin @ Texanerin Baking June 21, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I wish we had fresh spinach over here. :( I want to get in on the fun!

12 Lesley Eats June 21, 2012 at 4:09 pm

D’oh! Now I wish I’d saved my kale stems for you!

13 amy June 21, 2012 at 4:34 pm

any time you have extra greens/stems, i will gladly take them off your hands!

14 Julie @ Table for Two June 21, 2012 at 5:14 pm

so glad you decided to take the plunge!!! everyone always has the same reaction — which is a good thing! :)

15 CJ at Food Stories June 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Heading over now :-)

16 Blond Duck June 21, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Happy Thursday!

17 sally @ sallys baking addiction June 21, 2012 at 9:49 pm

So glad you tried a green monster smoothie! i can’t have smoothies now without spinach! While they do absolutely nothing to the taste, they are a nutritional powerhouse so why not make your smoothie look like a veggie?! I like to make mine with frozen bananas, frozen strawbs, frozen mango, almond milk, vanilla protein powder, and spinach!

18 amy June 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm

sounds awesome, sally! i can’t believe i went so long before trying a green smoothie. you’re right – the veggies add so much good stuff without affecting the flavor at all – i’m officially addicted!

19 Anna @ hiddenponies June 22, 2012 at 1:34 am

Haha, I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s been thrown by that green colour and the veggies! These look great though – such a pretty shade of green :)

20 CCU June 22, 2012 at 7:03 am

This looks stunning my friend – healthy, pretty, tropical and delish 😀
You have it all!

Choc Chip Uru

21 val June 22, 2012 at 8:48 am

I’m addicted to green smoothies. Love this version.

22 Jen Laceda | Tartine and Apron Strings June 22, 2012 at 4:29 pm

you promise? it won’t taste like cold liquid veggie soup? i trust you, so i’ll take your word for it! the smoothie looks stunning…and healthy!

23 amy June 22, 2012 at 4:32 pm

i absolutely promise! you’d never have an inkling that there was spinach in there. you’ve gotta try it + report back, jen!

24 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts June 22, 2012 at 4:54 pm

Looks so pretty, but I am still a little skeptical :) Going to check out the recipe!

25 amy June 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm

i was skeptical, too, so i understand. but now that i’ve tried one, i love ’em – let me know what you think if you try one!

26 Baking Serendipity June 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

My husband is always a crazy skeptic when it comes to green smoothies, but I love them! Yours looks fantastic and the color is so bright!

27 Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen June 22, 2012 at 8:42 pm

This is so pretty! Green is my favorite color, so I love when people post these :)

I’ve never made a green smoothie myself, but I drink the Naked brand ones all the time and find them quite delicious. I bet the homemade kind is ever better!

28 Baker Street June 22, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Now I would love to start my day with a glass of this delicious smoothie! :)

29 Steph@TheChickpeaChickadee June 23, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Thank you for posting this! I’m trying really hard to eat healthy. This is the perfect drink for me to try. I’m thinking this would be great for breakfast:)

30 Marta @ What Should I Eat For Breakfast Today? June 24, 2012 at 3:40 am

I love the addition of a spinach! It could also go well with a peanut butter :) did you try one with avocado? It is a bit green as well and so tasty. During the summer period I’m always excited about shakes 😀

31 amy June 24, 2012 at 7:53 am

i haven’t tried one with avocado yet, marta, but i’ll definitely have to try that – i love avocados! love the idea of adding peanut butter as well, yum!

32 Tracey June 25, 2012 at 10:08 am

Oooh, I SO love your version Amy! I usually make mine with peanut butter but coconut and pineapple sound amazing. Perfect for summer!

33 Tiffany June 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Yay, you tried one! See? Sneaky, sneaky veggies, I tell ya. Tropical vacation drink with vitamins? Yes, please.

34 Jennie @themessybakerblog June 27, 2012 at 8:12 am

I was skeptical about the green drinks, too. I mean, they’re green. How good can they be?

I thought this until my foodie pen pal sent me a Green Machine by Naked and now I’m addicted to all things green. It really does taste amazing. Not veggie-like at all. Your smoothie looks so good, and I will be making it soon. Thanks for sharing.

So glad I found your blog; I love it. I subscribed!

35 amy June 27, 2012 at 9:22 am

yay, welcome Jennie! a bunch of people have mentioned the Naked Green Machine juice to me but I haven’t tried it – must pick up a bottle today + try it!

36 Young Wifey June 28, 2012 at 8:31 pm

You had me at “tropical”!

37 Laura (Got Chocolate) July 3, 2012 at 9:41 pm

YUM! I love smoothies and love that the list of ingredients are easy to find things. Awesome! Great pictures too. 😀

38 Lucy Kersting June 16, 2014 at 10:17 am

Tasty! I love that it is not too sweet!

39 amy June 16, 2014 at 10:18 am

So thrilled that you liked it, Lucy! You’ve reminded me that I need to make these again for myself soon – it’s been too long!

40 topcookwareonline January 16, 2016 at 7:19 pm

Oh well oh well this probably my new favorite smoothie , I played a little bit on mine though replaced mango with peaches & almond mild instead of yogurt And more of the bananas and apples it was plain awesome . Thank you for sharing this recipe sure thing will try the rest of your smoothies

41 Amy January 17, 2016 at 11:08 am

Awesome, thank you for sharing your feedback! Glad you loved it, and I love your own little twists on the recipe. =)

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