Health Nut Smoothie (Tropical Smoothie Copycat)

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.

Two purple health nut smoothies topped with blueberries, chopped almonds, and cacao nibs.

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.

Two purple smoothies topped with chopped almonds, blueberries, cacao nibs, and with two paper polka dot blue straws.

Ingredients in the Health Nut Smoothie

  • frozen banana
  • frozen blueberries
  • frozen mango
  • almond butter
  • protein powder – I use an organic, plant-based protein powder, but you can use your favorite type
  • almond milk

Ingredients for the health nut smoothie in the blender: frozen mango, frozen blueberries, frozen banana, protein powder, almond butter, and almond milk.

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.

Two purple health nut smoothies topped with blueberries, chopped almonds, and cacao nibs.

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Two purple health nut smoothies topped with blueberries, chopped almonds, and cacao nibs.

Health Nut Blueberry Smoothie


Make the Tropical Smoothie Health Nut Smoothie at home with this easy recipe! Here’s what you need: blueberries, mango, banana, almonds and protein.


  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen (or fresh) blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 2 scoops (about 4 Tablespoons) vanilla protein powder
  • 2 Tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk


  1. Place all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add a little more almond milk to get the consistency you like. Pour into two glasses and enjoy.
  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blend
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 1 smoothie
  • Calories: 350
  • Sugar: 26g
  • Fat: 16g
  • Carbohydrates: 42g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Protein: 20g

Keywords: health nut smoothie


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    1. Sera
      October 13, 2020 AT 9:35 pm

      Yummy, yummy, yummy….

    2. Casey
      June 28, 2020 AT 12:21 pm

      Delish and filling!

    3. Hofterzielbeek
      August 2, 2019 AT 3:18 am

      Oh my goodness! I would like to have this smoothie soon. Thanks a lot for sharing the article. 🙂

    4. Estephany
      August 1, 2019 AT 3:45 am

      Can I take this for breakfast ?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 1, 2019 AT 9:01 am

        Sure! Just keep it cold.

    5. Juliet
      January 11, 2014 AT 11:41 pm

      Hey there, love your posts. I always wonder why people throw in ice cubes…frozen bananas are so much better! They blend nicely and make your smoothie smoother. 😉 thanks for a great blog!

    6. Talaia @
      December 31, 2012 AT 1:01 pm

      Looks delicious!

    7. Volkan
      December 28, 2012 AT 8:30 am

      Apple butter and crarceks is my favorite. Here is some more information that might help you.I am not a doctor, so either way you will want to talk to them, but this is what I have to say as a long time sufferer of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.)! Three part answer information, what not to do, and what to do!INFORMATION!!!!!!I have a very severe case of Acid Reflux (G.E.R.D.). I have had to go to the hospital for some of the heartburn that I have had because the pain can become overwhelming or your breathing can be effected. It can be caused by Smoking, Drinking Beverages with caffeine (My case), Drinking Beverages with Alcohol, or can be HereditaryThe good thing about G.E.R.D. is that it can be a temporary thing and can be cured. It is never a permit thing even if you end up with it for the rest of your life it has the ability to be cured.WHAT NOT TO DO!!!!!!!!In most cases, stress is a factor to the reflux if you watch what you eat and reduce some of the stress it will help. If you watch what you eat for about a week you should find relief, if you do not then that is when you definitely what to listen to the doctor. Things to watch for are as follows:Fatty FoodsCitrus FoodsFoods That Contain GreaseFried FoodsChocolate (including any Coco)CaffeineSmokingAlcoholTomato Based ProductsLactoseWHAT TO DO!!!!The two foods that I recommend is Black strap Molasses and Raw honey. The apple is better for night time reflux while these will work for just about all of it. What you will do is take about a tsp. of whatever one you chose. Molasses being the better because of strength and nutrition, but must be use to the taste. What the substance will do is stick to the sides of the esophagus and do two things, one is heal and the other is protect.On the healing end, both substances have a healing property in them, and as they sit on the walls of the esophagus they will heal it. This is also helpful if you have a sore throat in the morning from refluxing.On the protection end, both substances are high in sugar and when acid that is refluxed comes up to that the sugar will neutralize it and it will not longer be a problem at that point. I would also look to putting Cinnamon in you diet, it has been know to help with digestion and will help you reduce the amount of acid needed to brake down food, therefore causing you to reflux less.

    8. Kyra
      December 19, 2012 AT 6:28 pm

      Definitely blueberry pancakes! Fave fave fave. And a blueberry smoothie like this comes a close second. (;

    9. Amber @ Slim Pickin’s Kitchen
      December 19, 2012 AT 10:08 am

      Beautiful! I love blueberries in my smoothies too. I also *adore* the addition of coconut! Nice touch 🙂

    10. Becky @ Olives n Wine
      December 16, 2012 AT 6:45 pm

      Oh how I love smoothies! This one looks delightful. Do you think I could add in protein powder without compromising the texture?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 16, 2012 AT 6:52 pm

        Definitely. I add in protein powder all the time. 🙂

    11. Amanda
      December 16, 2012 AT 9:47 am

      Yum! Always love a new smoothie recipe. Where did you get the silver straw? I love it!

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