Tropical Smoothie

There is no doubting the uplifting feeling a tropical fruit smoothie can bring with its exotic taste and smell. As well as the feel good factor that comes from the enjoyment of drinking a tropical smoothie your body will also benefit from the portions of fruit that the drink contains.

The government recommends that we consume 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day in order to keep healthy. A tropical smoothie can incorporate 2 or 3 portions of fruit into a delicious drink that can be easily consumed as a light meal or as a snack.

Children love these smoothies because of the sweet taste of the tropical fruits. So what are those ingredients for our smoothie recipes that will give those fresh, exquisite tropical flavours?

Pineapple
A favourite ingredient in tropical smoothies and its not hard to see why. Pineapple provides us with a good dose of vitamin C, fibre and also contains the enzyme bromelain which helps break down fatty foods such as Gammon. Bromelain is also available to buy as a diet supplement and is used to help reduce joint ache and inflammation.

Mango
Due to its soft, fibrous flesh, mango is more suited to smoothies than juices although it can also be used in juices. Mango contains good levels of caretenoids and vitamin C which help strengthen the bodies defences and promote healthy skin.

Coconut Milk
Smoothies need a liquid base and whilst yoghurt or cows milk are often used, other non dairy alternatives such as coconut milk can be used and they help add a new twist in flavour to the drink. Coconut milk can be obtained directly from a raw coconut or bought in tins / cartons. Coconut cream is also available and will perform a similar role (it may need diluting with water). Coconut milk can add richness to the texture of your smoothie recipes and is a good source of nutrition in itself.

Grapefruit
Does your mouth feel musty? Grapefruits are an excellent choice for cleansing the palate and are bursting with vitamin C and bioflavinoids. Bioflavinoids help our bodies to absorb the vitamin C. Grapefruits are an excellent choice for preventing the onset of colds and flu. Grapefruits can be juiced and added to your smoothie or chopped up and then blended with the rest of your smoothie ingredients.

Bananas
The humble banana is surely in the top 5 smoothie ingredients and perhaps the most common. They form an excellent partnership with milk and yoghurt. Bananas provide slow release energy so putting them in your smoothie should mean that you are in tip top form until it is time for the next meal of the day. Bananas are also a good source of potassium which helps to protect the heart.

Tropical Smoothie Recipes

Unleash your taste buds on some of the Happy Juicer Tropical Smoothie recipes such as Mango Lassi.