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Classic tropical green smoothie

simple recipe for green smoothie

I often have smoothies for breakfast (especially in the warmer months).

I know a green smoothie isn’t real breakfast (in the way that a bowl of hot porridge or a couple of rounds of buttered toast are). But sometimes I’m in a rush and I just want to kneck a few of my five-a-day and get on with my morning. It literally takes me about 3 minutes to get breakfast sorted when I start the day with a smoothie.

This (or some variation on it) is my ‘standard’ day-to-day smoothie. I’ll usually take a green smoothie into the office with me and breakfast at my desk. Some people think it looks unappealing (and sometimes I add a few berries which turns it a kind of sludgy colour which I mean, still 100% delish, but I’ll concede that thick, brown-ish-grey-ish liquid might look kinda gross).

But this? This bright green puts me in mind of springtime and the countryside, I think it looks f*cking delicious.

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Classic Green Tropical Smoothie

You can also see this post, where I share the recipes all my favourite smoothies (and my smoothie formula):

When I’m drinking smoothies on the daily, I use more of a formula than a recipe, so don’t take this as gospel: swap out basically any element (the greens, the fruits, the liquid, the nut butter) for virtually any equivalent ingredient and you’re good to go.

I make my smoothie before I leave for the office (on days when I’m not working from home) and drink it at about 9, once I’m settled in for the day.

Any blender or smoothie-maker will do the job, but a personal blender (like my (affiliate link) Breville Blend Active, which is the one I’ve used for the last 2+ years and is still going strong) makes life so much easier for daily smoothie making – just add everything to the bottle, blend, rinse the blades and screw on the drinking cap and you’re good to go.

Classic Tropical Green Smoothie

Smoothies make a surprisingly filling on-the-go breakfast. This (or some variation on it) is my ‘standard’ day-to-day green smoothie recipe.
Prep Time3 mins
Blend time3 mins
Total Time6 mins
Course: Breakfast, Drinks, Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Servings: 1
Author: zoepickburn


  • 1 Banana
  • 0.5 cup Spinach (approx.)
  • 1 cup Coconut milk (approx.)
  • 0.5 cup Frozen mango (approx.)
  • 0.5 cup Frozen pineapple (approx.)
  • 1 cup Ice cubes (approx.)
  • 1 tbsp. Crnchy peanut butter (approx.)


  • Peel the banana
  • Add all the ingredients to the blender
  • Blend for 5-10 seconds and pulse a few times, until the ingredients are a thick, smooth texture
  • That’s literally it – put the travel cap on your blender (or decant into a travel bottle if you don’t have a personal blender) and away you go

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Classic tropical green smoothie

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