A delicious, tropical tasting smoothie with a hidden portion of spinach, giving it a wonderful green colour, this Pineapple, Mango, Coconut and Cashew Nut Smoothie makes a great quick and healthy breakfast or mid-afternoon pick me up.
I have been really getting into smoothies lately – I know, I am seriously late to the party!! But wow – smoothies are so awesome. They are quick and easy to make but taste amazing – and such a great way to get some extra fruit and veggies into my diet – and the kids too!
I do try to eat my 5 a day – and encourage the kids to as well – and we usually get up to 3 or 4, but getting to 5 a day is sometimes a real challenge. And I know really we should be eating even more than that.
This smoothie is absolutely jam packed with fruit and veg, not to mention milk and nuts, making it a really great way to get extra vitamins and other nutrients into the kids, and keeping them going until dinner.
It’s also a super fun family bonding activity (eurgh – did I just say family bonding???). I love cooking with my kids, but there are just some days when I don’t have the time or energy to make a cake after school, not to mention the clearing up afterwards – making a smoothie together is just as fun, but a lot less time consuming and a lot less mess. Plus the end result is a healthy concoction of fruit, veg, nuts and milk, not a refined carb and white sugar fest!!
The kids absolutely love coming home and making smoothies too – perhaps it’s the novelty and maybe it will wear off, but at the moment they are super excited by the idea. And they love being able to make decisions about what goes in there.
And we’ve tried all sorts of flavour combinations, but my absolute favourite has been this delicious tropical green concoction: a mix of pineapple, banana, mango, spinach (you can’t taste it), cashews and coconut milk. It’s creamy, sweet enough not to need any additional sweetener, and totally delicious. Plus it’s properly easy peasy – it takes all of 5 minutes to make and even less time to drink, making a great easy breakfast for a day when you are in a hurry – a fun afternoon snack for the kids, or even a healthy pudding.
You could use any kind of milk in this smoothie – but I like Rude Health’s Coconut Drink – it’s less cloying than regular coconut milk – plus the ingredients are not scary (have you seen the ingredients on the average tin of coconut milk???) and the delicate coconut flavour compliments the other tropical flavours in the smoothie. I also like how it comes in a carton, not a tin, so I can just use as much as I need and then pop the rest in the fridge easily.
I am now seriously on the hunt for more smoothie inspiration – what’s your favourite combo?
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Pineapple, Mango, Coconut and Cashew Nut Smoothie
- 2 big handfuls of spinach
- 2 small handfuls frozen mango chunks
- 2 small handfuls fresh pineapple (approx. two slices, skin chopped off and diced)
- 2 small handfuls cashew nuts
- 1 medium banana peeled and cut in half
- 500 ml coconut milk (I like Rude Health Coconut Drink)
- Juice of 1 lime
- Place all the ingredients into in a high speed blender or smoothie maker and whizz until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!!
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I’ve never really got into smoothies either, but as I’m about to get a new blender I have a feeling that might change. I think if I could convince my kids to try them it could be a great way to up their fruit and veg intake. Fingers crossed. Your combo sounds gorgeous and I love the idea of adding cashew nuts. Thanks for linking up with #CookBlogShare
Eb Gargano says
I’m glad it’s not just me who’s a bit late to the party! It will be interesting how smoothies go down with your kids. Mine absolutely love them, but I gve them a lot of choice about what they put in them – it’s the old trick of letting your kids make some decisions about the food they eat (or in this case drink!) It’s making them a bit more adventurous too – like my little boy doesn’t really like bananas but he’s happy to have banana in his smoothie! Thanks for your kind comments. Eb x
Kirsty Hijacked By Twins says
Smoothies are great aren’t they! Unfortunately on Slimming World I have to sync the fruit in smoothies, this smoothie sounds amazing especially with the coconut! Xx
Eb Gargano says
They are lovely – I can’t believe it has taken me this long to discover them! Thanks for your lovely comments – I agree, coconut is so yummy in a smoothie!! Eb x
Angela / Only Crumbs Remain says
I have to admit that too have never got into smoothie making either, but looking at this I really do think I’m missing out. Love the colour. Love the tropical fruits you’ve added. Love that it’s a great family bonding activity too 😉 xx
PS Really great new layout Eb, it looks so fresh and interesting. Certainly worth the effort it takes 🙂
Eb Gargano says
You are missing out – I can’t believe I have missed out for so long. It’s such a great way to get lots of goodness in a short space of time and plus, most importantly they taste amazing! And of course they are totally easy peasy!! Thanks so much for your kind words about my site. It still needs a few tweaks but it’s getting there. It badly needed a new design as the old one was a bit past it!! Eb x
Yum! What a fab colour it turns out!
Eb Gargano says
Thanks Lauren 🙂 It is an awesome colour, isn’t it? Eb x
Monika Dabrowski says
Congratulations Eb, the new format of the blog looks great, very clean and user friendly and you’ve managed to fit quite a lot into your home page without overcrowding it. It looks like a lot of work has gone into it. I am about to make some changes to my blog and am really dreading it because I know it won’t be easy (and it’s not even a total makeover, just a few new things). You did a great job:)
Eb Gargano says
Aw, thanks Monika! Yes, you are right about a lot of work – but totally worth it, I have had so many nice comments 🙂 Good luck with your changes – do shout if I can help at all, after just having gone through a total makeover, I’ve learnt a lot in the last couple of weeks so please do ask, if you think I can help! Eb x
Kate - gluten free alchemist says
Everyone seems to be blogging smoothies this week……. well….. maybe not everyone, but I have seen a lot of them in all colours and flavours in my dashboard reading list! I am a HUGE fan of smoothies too, but rarely blog them (although I often think I should). Trouble is that I make them as I dash out of the door to my ‘day job’, and drink them in my first meeting of the day or at my desk….. not the ideal environment to start a photo-shoot! I can just imagine some of the comments I would get if I started taking pics….. I would probably lose my job!
Your smoothie sounds very tasty though. I always add coconut milk too….. or coconut water (if I want something a little lighter). xx
Eb Gargano says
It’s funny how that happens isn’t it? Haha – no it doesn’t sound a wise move setting up a photoshoot at your desk!! But you could always do it at the weekends – I’d love to see what smoothies you make – I am seriously on the hunt for ideas now!! Thanks for your kind words about my smoothie! 🙂 Eb x
Thanks For Sharing this amazing recipe. My family loved it. I will be sharing this recipe with my friends. Hope the will like it.