from the recipe book Eating Without Spoons, a work in progress by Kathleen Bright

Tropical green smoothie, delicious, easy… magic

This is a great way of getting more greens and fruits into your diet. I find it helpful for when I’m struggling to eat well, especially when I’m low on energy or time. It’s filling, so it’s good for when my fluctuating appetite increases. Using a thin straw and sipping will help you feel fuller for longer too. And, when my appetite decreases, it’s easy to drink. When I drank juice all the time, tropical was my favourite flavour. So, I was very excited to create this recipe for a tropical green smoothie.

“looks green, tastes great”


Here’s a rough guide of what I used to make this tropical green smoothie, but feel free to change it to suit your tastes. If you’re not used to green smoothies, or if you have a sweet tooth, feel free to add more fruit and reduce the greens. With all this lovely fruit, you won’t even taste the greens.

  • Grapefruit, ½ (optional)
  • Oranges, 2 (optional)
  • Romaine lettuce, 1
  • Spinach, 100g or around 2 handfuls
  • Linseed, ground, 2 tablespoons
  • Lemon juice, teaspoon (optional) or, even better, a wedge of lemon
  • Bananas, 2
  • Pineapple, 100g
  • Mango, 200g
  • Ginger, to taste

Makes about 2 litres

Feel free to use any mild-tasting greens instead of the romaine and/or spinach. Curly kale is a great alternative.

How to make this tropical green smoothie

  1. Enough water to cover the blades
  2. All the fresh ingredients
  3. All the frozen ingredients

If you run out of space, put the lid on and pulse the ingredients. Then you’ll have space to add more and can blend for real 🙂

If your blender struggles with greens, blend the greens first. Then, add other ingredients, then blend again. This will give you a smoother smoothie.

I have a professional blender with huge capacity, so I make smoothies in bulk and freeze them. You can blend up one serving at a time if you have a stick blender, NutriBullet or similar. If you’re using a stick blender, you might need to let your ingredients defrost and/or add more water.

Blender full of fresh ingredients, including grapefruit, oranges, romaine, spinach, linseed Blender with fresh ingredients pulsed to make more room Blender with frozen ingredients added to the pulsed fresh ingredients, including mango, pineapple, banana Blender with the final smoothie, it is very green