Today’s tropical smoothie recipe will provide for the most refreshing start of your day, making you energetic in the pursue of your daily routines. This blend of tropical flavors is quite adventurous in spirit. However, it is also a recipe that will rejuvenate your morning senses and boost your day before or after morning exercise.
Feel free to modify the ingredients’ dosage per desire or calculations, because this recipe is a real Vitamin C bomb! This smoothie holds an optimal amount of calories, so it makes for a non-toxic, energetic & healthy substitute for a morning coffee.
The most interesting of the ingredients for this smoothie are the seemingly controversial acai berries. Recently, there have been contradictory stories and studies on this tropical plant’s efficacy against cancer. However, the facts remain that this is a berry which is very rich in antioxidants and heart-healthy fats. Add the positive libido and brain booster effect to it, and you can see why this recipe begins with it.
Start by mixing the acai with coconut water. I prefer regular, but go with flavored if that’s your thing. It’s up to you, really. Coconut water is a part of today’s mush because it helps digestion and it will balance the smoothie with its low calories contents. Additionally, it’s an amazing combo of the five basic electrolytes that are necessary to our body – sodium, calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorous. This is the reason why the coconut water is considered way more efficient and healthier than sports drinks.
Once these two are blended into one mushy mix, proceed by adding half a cup of chopped guava. Rich in manganese, the guava is the first of the three serious vitamin C shots in this mix. Its muscle relaxant properties will help you focus on your daily activities without a hassle, making it the perfect ingredient for our tropical smoothie recipe.
Again, blend until mushy and add the fourth ingredient or the second vitamin C shot – kiwi. I found two – preferably fresh – chopped kiwis to be the right measurement for this morning energizer. The kiwi gets in the mix mainly for two reasons. First, the nutritious facts are very well known, at least well enough to be considered as a super fruit by many. Among the 20 vital nutrients, its potassium contents is among the most important for balancing out the sodium in our body.
The other reason is purely aesthetic: mush the kiwis in and enjoy the amazing black-dotted green shade that the smoothie gets.
The next ingredient has a lot of health benefits, the most valuable being the slowing down of the aging process. The mango finds its place in today’s blend because it also helps digestion and it’s good for the gums. This tropical fruit is a friend to your heart and it helps regulate the blood pressure as well. Puree one cup of chopped and peeled ripe mango and mix it with the rest.
Last but not least, we need a pineapple. The pineapple will lighten the color of the smoothie and will complement the mango’s vitamin C contents. It is also rich in manganese and antioxidants with strong anti-inflammatory benefits, making it the perfect end-ingredient. The pineapple also promotes bone strength and eye health, and it’s very beneficial for the digestive tract. Because of its high contents of thiamine, this is probably the most important ingredient for this recipe.
Thiamine (or vitamin B1) is essential B vitamin – one of the eight, helping your body convert food into energy.
Fresh or frozen pineapple is preferred, as canned usually contains many unwanted additives, especially sugar.
Protip: Always try to consume fresh and nicely washed fruit to maximize the nutritious value. The natural, unprocessed form of the fruit is always the best for consumption. However, when shopping for frozen fruits, look for loosely bagged ones instead of ‘chunky’ one-piece packs. Avoid canned fruits – or choose one very carefully, as many producers add artificial colors and sugar.
The Tropical Smoothie Recipe:
- 3 oz acai berries (feel free to use puree)
- 1 cup of coconut water
- 1/2 cup guava, seeds removed (feel free to use guava nectar)
- 2 kiwifruit, peeled and chopped
- 1 cup chopped and peeled mango
- 1 cup chopped pineapple
- optional: couple of drops of lime, or lemon
Being a lover of some bitter aftertaste myself, I finish this tropical smoothie recipe with couple of drops of lime. This also gives nice and fresh scent on top of the serving, emphasizing the natural character of this recipe. In case you are not a fan of the bitter taste, but would go for the scent, just use lemon instead.
I hope you’ll try today’s recipe for energy, and if you do, feel free to comment or share with your friends.