Health Nut Smoothie (Tropical Smoothie Copycat)
Published Jul 31, 2019, Updated Jan 23, 2022
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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. Check out my how to freeze bananas guide for tips and tricks! 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.
More Smoothie Recipes
- Carrot Cake Protein Smoothie
- Blueberry Almond Smoothie
- Golden Milk Smoothie
- Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
- Pear Smoothie
- Green Protein Smoothie
More Blueberry Recipes to Try
- Blueberry Crumble
- No Bake Blueberry Muffin Donut Holes
- Healthy Blueberry Crumble Bars
- Vegan Blueberry Muffins
- Blueberry Overnight Oats
- Blueberry Baked Oatmeal
Health Nut Blueberry Smoothie
- 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
- Blend: Place banana, blueberries, mango, protein powder, almond butter, and milk into a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
- Taste: If the smoothie is too thick, add a little more almond milk to get the consistency you like.
- Serve: Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.
This smoothie is a true winner, especially as it gets warmer. I added pineapple and some flax seed for protein, plus some spinach to get some greens in, and it was still so delicious AND filling!
Ah yay! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying this smoothie, Kim! Love the add ins you used! Thanks for the review 🙂
I get so excited for my smoothies. This one did not disappoint. I love all the fruits mixed in and of course my nut butters
Ah yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Teresa! Thanks for trying it and coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!
Great smoothie! Will make this one again and again!
Ah yay! This is so wonderful to hear, Cindy! Thanks so much for the review 🙂
This may be one of my new favorite smoothies! Not too sweet and plenty filling!
What would you sub for the protein powder?
You could skip it or add in Greek yogurt for some added protein!
I love this smoothie, but especially love the story behind it. Like Brittany mentions in her blog, a lot of times, smoothie places add artificial sugar to their smoothies. However, this smoothie tastes sooo delicious without any added sugar! I love the addition of almond butter and protein powder. It made for a nice thick consistency, which kept me full!
I’m so glad you enjoyed this smoothie, Taylor! Thanks for trying it and coming back to leave a review. I really appreciate it!!
My new favourite!!! Not too sweet very filling and so yummy! I am obsessed with it 😉 thanks for the recipe Brittany!
Woo!! I love hearing this, Laure! Thanks for the review. It means the world to me!!
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