Smart Sweet: Tropical Greens Smoothie

By: Julieanna Hever

Take a trip to the tropics with the island-reminiscent flavors of coconut, mango, and lime. This brightly colored, frosty delight will cool you down and offer a little kick of spice. If you’re craving a piña colada, or ice cream, or frozen yogurt, this smoothie satisfies your sweet tooth, and provides a cool refreshing taste while also adding in greens!

 This recipe comes from The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking©


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  • 1 cup (150 g) frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup (150 g) frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1½ cups (50 ml) unsweetened coconut water
  • 1 cup baby spinach, tightly packed
  • ¼ cup (115 ml) lime juice
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper


  1. Wash spinach.
  2. Add all ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Serve and enjoy.


Servings: 1

  • Nutrition per serving:
  • Calories290
  • Fat1 g
  • Saturated Fat0.5 g
  • Cholesterol0 mg
  • Sodium360 mg
  • Carbohydrates73 g
  • Fiber11 g
  • Sugars53 g
  • Protein 5 g

Yields and nutritional information are estimated and will vary depending on produce size and equipment used.

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Julieanna Hever

Julieanna Hever, M.S., R.D., C.P.T. , also known as The Plant-Based Dietitian, is a passionate advocate of the miracles associated with following a whole food, plant-based diet-the established effects of which provide positive healthful benefits. Julieanna is the author of the best-selling book, The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, and the nutrition columnist for VegNews Magazine. She is the co-author of the brand new book, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Gluten-Free Vegan Cooking. Julieanna received her Bachelors degree from UCLA and Masters of Science in Nutrition at California State University, Northridge, where she also completed her Dietetic Internship. She has taught as part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition Certification Program, worked as a clinical dietitian at Century City Doctors Hospital, and has consulted for numerous businesses. To learn more, visit Julieanna at her website: and follow her on twitter @plantdietitian.

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