I’m a strong believer that the fuel we choose to start our day with strongly influences the choices we make throughout hours that follow. Which is why I begin almost every day with a big, happy, nutrition-dense smoothie. Health begets health, and packing the first meal of the day full of fresh fruit and vegetables typically results in more of the same goodness for lunch and dinner. I love smoothies for their ease and portability, and while I might delve into something more indulgent or time consuming on the weekends, during the week there’s nothing quicker than throwing a bunch of ingredients into my blender and toting my breakfast-in-a-glass around with me as I prep for the day.
My go-to smoothie recipe is usually filled with blueberries and spinach, with a banana and almond milk or green tea base, but lately I’ve felt the pull to switch things up. It’s a new season and there’s a bounty of exciting produce options available at the market. Basically, it’s the perfect time to experiment! The recipe I’m sharing today is a refreshing departure from the typical green smoothie, it’s fresh and incredibly creamy, with a hint of sweet thanks to tropical pineapple and exotic mango. But it harbors a bit of the unexpected, too: A kick of jalapeño spice!
Spicy Tropical Green Smoothie
makes 1 large or 2 small servings
1 cup coconut milk + filtered water if needed
Juice from 1/2 lime
Generous handful of spinach
1/2 cup frozen mango
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1/4 jalapeño pepper, or to taste
4 small mint leaves + more if desired
A few slices of peeled fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
Optional add-ins: protein powder of your choice, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp chia seeds
Add all ingredients to your blender and blend on high until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, add some cold filtered water a little at a time to liquefy. This will get more spicy the longer it sits. Enjoy!
+ What’s your favorite smoothie recipe? Please share in the comments!
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