Honestly, I am jealous of people who live in tropical countries: they get to have fresh, ripe tropical fruits all the time and at a cheap price. At the same time, I’m thankful for the next best thing they leave us with— tropical smoothies. They’re summer in a glass, and so flavorful that our team can never have enough.
What are the Best Fruits for a Tropical Smoothie Recipe?
Our tropical smoothie recipe uses mangoes and pineapple as the main ingredients. They have a sweet but mildly sour taste that pairs well with each other, accentuating the tropical theme of the drink. This recipe also includes orange juice and Greek yogurt, adding an even greater depth of flavour.
These are not the be-all and end-all. There are other ingredients that can also make great tropical combos. A couple of my favorites are:
The Hawaiian Sunrise
To make this, you’ll need coconut milk, banana, mango, and pineapple. Its flavor is leaning towards the sweet end of the scale, yet uses no sweetening agent apart from natural fruits. Plus, it tastes so creamy that you’ll almost forget there’s no dairy.
Quick recipe: 8 oz of the fruits (frozen) and 2 tbsp of coconut milk to serve 4. Each serving yields 140 calories.
The Blazing Paradise
Adding lime juice and coconut water to the basic combo of mango and pineapple can take your smoothie to a whole new level. You might be stunned by the first zing, but then get transported as it slowly takes your tastebuds to another realm.
Quick recipe: 8 oz of the fruits (FROZEN), 1 tbsp of lime juice, 1 tbsp of coconut milk, and 2 tbsp cup of coconut water. This also serves 4, and each serving gives 100 calories.
Tips to Make a Slushy Smoothie
The only tip to make slushy smoothies is to use frozen fruits and a little bit of ice. Also, by freezing fruits that oxidize and turn dark easily, you’re keeping the enzymes responsible for that temporarily inactive. Thus your smoothie should have a vibrant color for longer.
Using cold water instead of ice also works, since we already have fruits frozen.
If you don’t have frozen fruits for this tropical smoothie recipe, you need to have a strong blender— something that blends ice quickly. It will crush the ice into fine particles that keep your smoothie slushy and cool. But again, frozen fruits are much better because they allow the smoothie to stay slushy for longer.
Can You Drink Tropical Smoothie without Having Food First?
There’s a myth saying pineapple should not be consumed on an empty stomach, as the acid in pineapple can “eat” away at your stomach. Is this true?
First of all, the stomach (for the majority of people) is not sensitive to dilute acid found in fruits. It is lined with a protective layer and is in constant exposure to stomach liquid, 1.5-3.5 in pH. Comparing it to whole pineapple, 3.2-4 in pH, we can see that the stomach lining can withstand this fruit.
Pineapple does have a protein-digesting enzyme called “bromelain”, which can soften meat. Many think this enzyme can affect the stomach, but thanks to the lining, this is not the case. It even secretes pepsin, the enzyme that helps to digest proteins.
For some though, this myth may seem more of a reality. Those having said experience might have gastritis. It’s a health condition with many symptoms, stemming from a damaged stomach lining.
The causes of gastritis vary. It can be a bacterial infection— Helicobacter pylori, affecting more than half of the world’s population, damaging the stomach lining; or old age— the stomach lining gets thinner as we get older. Excessive alcohol use or stress is also reported to lead to gastritis.
Since these are all common causes, we believe this might be the case, instead of fruit acids or protein-digesting enzymes.
As the stomach lining is damaged, your stomach becomes more sensitive to fruit acids, hence the experience of stomach pain. To describe it in a simpler way, some may say that “pineapple juice can eat your stomach”. We disagree with this statement and recommend that you seek the advice of your doctor if you experience stomach pain.
Now that we know this myth is wrong, why not have a glass of tropical smoothie?
Tropical Smoothie Recipe
- 12 oz mangoes frozen
- 8 oz pineapples frozen
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 1 1/4 cups orange juice
- 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 cups ice
- Blend them all up and serve them right on.