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.
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.
Health Benefits of Blueberries
Often labeled a superfood, blueberries are low in calories, high in nutrients and incredibly good for you. They are among the most nutrient-dense berries. They’re high in antioxidants as well as fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese. Studies have linked blueberry consumption to reducing DNA damage, lowering blood pressure, decreasing risk of heart disease and improving memory. They’re absolutely delicious and a great addition to any diet. (Source)
Ingredients in the Health Nut Smoothie
frozen banana – frozen banana helps thicken the smoothie and adds a little sweetness. If you don’t like banana, you can try swapping for frozen avocado chunks, frozen mango or even frozen zucchini for the thickener. If you use the avocado or zucchini you may need to add a little maple syrup, dates or honey for extra sweetness.
frozen blueberries – I prefer using frozen blueberries, but fresh will work as well just make sure you aren’t buying any moldy ones.
frozen mango – nothing compares to the flavor of fresh mango, but I like using frozen in this recipe because it gives the smoothie the perfect texture.
almond butter – this adds a nice richness to the smoothie and some healthy fats.
protein powder – I use an organic, plant-based protein powder, but you can use your favorite type.
almond milk – I prefer almond milk, but any milk will work here.
Looking to enhance your smoothie? Trying adding some of these ingredients:
Maca powder – balance out your hormones with maca powder. It adds a yummy butterscotch flavor.
Flaxseed – add some healthy fats with ground flaxseed.
Cacao nibs – chocolate is always a good idea… bonus points for the antioxidants!
Yogurt – add creaminess and protein with Greek yogurt.
Avocado – if you like your smoothies super thick, add avocado! You’ll also get some great, healthy fats.