These tropical smoothies were inspired from my recent trip to the Big Island of Hawaii.  We stayed at guest house in Kona overlooking the ocean.  There were all kind of organic fruit trees and organic vegetables growing in the yard. Everyday when we got back from the beach, we would walk outside and pick whatever we wanted, make smoothies and sit on our deck and watch the sunset.  These smoothies are high in nutrients, and high in protein, and have plenty of healthy fat.

Normally, I don’t recommend that people eat a lot of tropical fruit as it tends to be high in sugar and can raise your glucose levels too high.  However, these smoothies contain a lot of protein and healthy fat from the coconut milk, avocado and hemp seeds to keep your blood sugar balanced and stable.  Some of them also contain kale and parsley to cut the sugar content down, and they are all sweetened with Stevia.  Stevia is a sweetener that comes from an herb and it has zero calories and carbs.   It is the only sweetener that most experts agree is safe.

Every time I make these tropical smoothies, it takes me right back to Hawaii.  I think about the days at the beach, long walks, bogey boarding, swimming with dolphins, snorkeling with sea turtles, picnic lunches of tropical shrimp salad, rainforests, and driving a convertible down coastal roads.

Papaya Tropical Smoothies

Tropical Smoothies - Papaya

 

Tropical Smoothies - Papaya Ingredients

Tropical Smoothies – Papaya Ingredients

 

Tropical Smoothies (Paleo, Vegan)
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Recipe type: Smoothies
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Serves: 2
 
Allow yourself to be transported to the with these tropical smoothies. This one contains papaya, avocado and banana.
Ingredients
  • 1 Papaya
  • 4 cups Coconut Water (fresh or canned)
  • 1 small bunch of Parsley
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Avocado
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon Hemp Seeds
  • 1 packet Stevia
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Wash and rinse everything. Cut the papaya in half and discard all of the seeds. Scoop it out. Peel and cut the banana into small pieces. Cut the avocado in half and discard the seed. Scoop it out. Place the papaya, banana, avocado, hemp seeds and parsley in the blender. Add the 4 cups of coconut water and stevia. Add ice until the blender is ¾ of the way full. Blend for 2 minutes and enjoy.

 

Pina Colada Tropical Smoothies

Tropical Smoothies - Pina Colada

Tropical Smoothies – Pina Colada

 

Tropical Smoothies (Paleo, Vegan)
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Recipe type: Smoothies
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Serves: 2
 
Allow yourself to be transported to the with these tropical smoothies. This one is a healthier version of a Pina Colada.
Ingredients
  • 1 can Coconut Milk
  • 3 cups Pineapple
  • 1 cup Spring or Filtered Water
  • ½ cup plus 1 Tablespoon Hemp Seeds
  • 1 packet Stevia
  • Ice
Instructions
  1. Cut the skin off of the pineapple.
  2. Cut off all of the fruit and discard the core.
  3. Cut into small pieces.
  4. Place in the blender with the coconut milk, hemp seeds and stevia.
  5. Fill the blender ¾ of the way with ice.
  6. Blend for 2 minutes.

 

Mango Tropical Smoothies

Tropical Smoothies - Mango

Tropical Smoothies – Mango

 

Tropical Smoothies (Paleo, Vegan)
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Recipe type: Smoothies
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Serves: 2
 
Allow yourself to be transported to the with these tropical smoothies. This one contains mango, kale and avocado.
Ingredients
  • 1 Mango
  • 3 cups Spring Water
  • 4 leaves Kale
  • 1 stalk Aloe Vera or 2 tablespoons bottled
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 packet Steveia
  • Ice
  • ½ cup plus 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
Instructions
  1. Peel the mango and cut the fruit into small pieces. Discard the pit.
  2. Peel the aloe vera if you are using fresh.
  3. Peel the banana and cut into small pieces.
  4. Cut the avocado in half, throw out the pit, and scoop out.
  5. Place the mango, kale, banana, avocado and hemp seeds in the blender.
  6. Pour in the water.
  7. Add the Stevia.
  8. Fill the blender ¾ of the way with ice.
  9. Blend for 2 minutes.

For more smoothie recipes and tips, check out this post, Ultimate Smoothie Guide.

 

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