Mango Pineapple Smoothie
This refreshing, anti-inflammatory mango pineapple smoothie may be green in colour but the flavour is all tropical. With 1 cup each of frozen mango and pineapple, this deliciously sweet and creamy smoothie is perfect for cooling down on a hot day or at least for dreaming of warmer weather. Not only that, with added vegan protein powder, cucumber, spinach, moringa and almond milk, this recipe is hydrating, fibre and protein-rich and packed with nutrients.
Mango Pineapple Smoothie Benefits
- Pineapple. Pineapples are one of the healthy fruits out there. Despite the fact they taste like candy, pineapples are actually low in calories are are loaded with nutritional benefits that make keeping them in regular rotation worth while. Pineapples contain high amounts of vitamin C, manganese and a an enzyme called bromelain that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
- Mango. Mangos are antioxidant rich fruit that can help to prevent cancer, heart disease and age-related macular degeneration plus they’re rich in fibre, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A (beta-carotene), folate and vitamin C. You can also try them in my strawberry mango smoothie.
- Cucumber. Even though cucumbers are 95% water, they’re still packed with plenty of essential nutrients. They contain B vitamins known to help combat stress, they’re high in blood pressure and cholesterol-lowering fibre, they contain anti-inflammatory compounds and the polyphenols they contains may help lower your risk of cancer.
- Spinach. Where to start? Spinach, along with other dark, leafy greens, is one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat. Eat a lot of it, every day.
- Moringa. The moringa powder is an optional ingredient but if you have some go ahead and add it. Scientifically known as Moringa oleifera, the “drumstick tree” is rich in nutrients, antioxidants and other beneficial compounds. Moringa is particularly rich in antioxidants vitamin C, beta-carotene, quercetin and chlorogenic acid. I used 1 tsp in this smoothie for it’s bright green colour and the added nutrients.
Smoothie Nutrition Boosters
I usually add 1 or 2 adaptogens or other nutritional boosters to my smoothies. You can check out my post on the best superfoods to add to smoothies for ideas but my favourites include maca, ashwagandha, shatavari, cordyceps, lion’s mane, chaga, spirulina, cholorella, moringa, reishi and holy basil.
As for adaptogens, I vary what I’m taking throughout the year depending on my needs and how I’m feeling. I have a whole post on benefits of various adaptogens so you can check that out to see if there’s anything that might be helpful to you.
I use spirulina and chlorella year round and alternate between the two. I like these two add-ins for their protein content, high antioxidant and mineral content and anti-inflammatory properties. Chlorella can also help with detoxification. I use maca and moringa regularly as well as mushrooms such as chaga and reishi. Camu camu is also great for vitamin C if you’re feeling like your immune system needs a boost.
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Dark Leafy Greens Work Too
All of the powders mentioned above are completely optional. Dark, leafy greens like spinach and kale is just as powerful, so don’t worry if you aren’t using any of these. Superfood powders are definitely an added expense and I usually wait until I can find them on sale or buy in bulk.
Mango Pineapple Smoothie For One
I always make this recipe as one giant smoothie but you could serve it as 2 smaller smoothies. If you’re serving one, it fills up a 1 quart mason jar perfectly. I like my smoothies to be filling and substantial and packing them with green veggies is the best way to do that, without adding a extra sugar and calories. Not to mention all the added nutrition and fibre!
Smoothie Nutrition Details
One serving of this smoothie is 362 calories with 54 grams of carbohydrates, 6.5 grams of fat and 30 grams of protein. It also provides 9 grams of fibre, more than your daily intake of vitamin A and vitamin C plus 30% of your daily iron and 90% of your daily calcium (if you use store-bought fortified almond milk).
This smoothie contains a number of anti-inflammatory compounds so it’s a good if you’re struggling with an inflammatory condition. For more information on plant-based nutrition check out my vegan nutrition guide and my list of the best vegan protein sources.
More Green Smoothie Recipes
For more veggie packed smoothies, try my:
- blueberry sweet potato smoothie
- strawberry mango smoothie
- low-sugar blueberry smoothie bowl
- green monster smoothie
- Add the liquid to the blender first then add the rest of the ingredients and blend until completely smooth and creamy. Pour into a large glass and enjoy.
This recipe makes 1 large smoothie or 2 smaller smoothies.
You can substitute celery or zucchini for the cucumber and any leafy green such as kale for the spinach.
This smoothie is also really good made with 1 cup almond milk and 2/3 cup coconut water or any mixture of the two.
Keywords: dairy-free, protein, high-protein, shake, green, healthy