Make the Tropical Smoothie Health Nut Smoothie at home with this easy recipe! Here’s what you need: blueberries, mango, banana, almonds and protein.
Right after college I was determined to stay consistent with my healthy eating habits and I thought that drinking a smoothie for lunch was the healthiest option. Because of this, I used to go to Tropical Smoothie Cafe all the time and my go-to order was the Health Nut Smoothie. It has blueberries, mango, banana, almond and a choice of protein. Want to know what else it has? Added sugar… yup, despite all the fruit in the smoothie, Tropical Smoothie adds turbinado sugar to this smoothie as well.
This was early on in my health journey, but I knew adding sugar, even if it was raw sugar, to smoothies wasn’t necessary so I’d ask for it without the sugar. It was still plenty sweet! If you order it regularly the Health Nut Smoothie has a whopping 80 grams of sugar. Without the turbinado the smoothie has 27 grams of sugar. That’s over 50 grams of added sugar from the turbinado, which means they’re adding 1/4 cup to the smoothie! Of course now you can also get it made with Splenda, but I don’t recommend consuming Splenda (aka sucralose) so I’d steer clear of this option!
My remake of the Health Nut smoothie is plenty sweet (and flavorful overall!) without any added sugar — just natural sugars from the fruit. I honestly prefer my version to the “real deal” and feel good knowing exactly what’s going in the smoothie too.
Ingredients in the Health Nut Smoothie
protein powder – I use an organic, plant-based protein powder, but you can use your favorite type
How to Make a Health Nut Smoothie
It’s super simple! Put all of the ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Pro tip: if you can’t get the consistency of your smoothie similar to what you would find at a smoothie shop like Tropical Smoothie Cafe, use frozen fruit! Frozen fruit and veggies make the texture of smoothies thick and creamy. If you use frozen fruit and find that your smoothie is too thick, add a little more liquid (like almond milk) to get to the consistency you like.