If you have the time, you can use fresh fruit for this Tropical Smoothie. But if you want to save time, you can use frozen fruit. I keep a bag of frozen mango and pineapple in my freezer because it is so much more convenient. Also, if my bananas are close to becoming overripe, I just cut them up and freeze them. This helps so I always have some on hand for smoothies. If you decide to use frozen fruit, just skip adding extra ice.
For something special and fun that takes a little more time and creativity, you can use fresh pineapple and serve the Tropical Smoothie in the pineapple shell. It’s really not that difficult to do, and if you’re really trying to have that vacation at home, this will transport you to that tropical beach in no time. To core out the pineapple, just cut off the top of the pineapple, then carefully cut the inner fruit out. Use the fruit in the smoothie, blend up all the ingredients, pour the smoothie in the pineapple shell and enjoy!
Meal Prep Tips
I have a variety of smoothie recipes that can help you develop a smoothie meal prep. I can get tired of the same flavors every single morning, which is why I like to switch it up. This Tropical Smoothie is the star of my smoothie line up, and it’s a family favorite in my household. I make a few extra for my meal prep in case my daughters or husband want one. It’s been quite a few occasions where they drinking endless “sips” of my own smoothie.
To meal prep, I find that mason jars are a convenient way to keep the ingredients together and ready to be added quickly to a blender (affiliate link), but you can also use freezer bags or other containers. Just make sure to keep the coconut water out of the freezer and add it when you’re ready to blend.
Sometimes the mornings can be so rushed, and skipping out on breakfast can leave you feeling depleted by lunch and with more room to overeat. But since blending a smoothie can literally take less than 1 minute, there is no excuse not to have a healthy breakfast.
- ½ cup pineapple chunks
- ½ cup mango chunks
- ½ banana
- 1 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 cup ice
- 2 cups coconut water
- Blend all ingredients in blender