Nothing stirs the senses quite like an island vacation. The combination of sun, sand and socialising is like nowhere else on earth. The food and drink is great, too. Most of us can only dream of island life, though there’s nothing stopping us from recreating some of that tropical magic at home. You don’t need to be on a Caribbean beach to savour the flavours of island life, and we’ve got just the thing: Make your own island green smoothie and you can recreate that island flair any time you like!
What’s an island green smoothie?
Island green smoothies are a fantastic way to enjoy a little taste of the tropical life while also remaining healthy. That’s where the “green” comes in. While it might be easy to think that island life is all about sipping margaritas and other boozy cocktails, it’s not. Island-inspired food and drink comes in many forms, and some of them are really quite good for you. Our island green smoothie recipe combines authentic island flavours with enough good stuff to keep your nutritionist happy.
How to make your own island green smoothie
Smoothies are fun to make. They’re easy, too -once you’ve got the right equipment, of course. Before we get into ingredients, you’re going to want to make sure you’ve got the right hardware. Any decent smoothie maker or blender will do, and all the better if you’ve got a top-of-the-range model like a NutriBullet. Once you’ve got that sorted, it’s time to hit the store.
Island green smoothie recipe
Island life tends to operate at its own pace and your average islander marches to the beat of his or her own drum. Channel your inner islander and do the same. Don’t like one of our ingredients? Sub it out for something you do like! Want more colour? Go for it! Our island green smoothie is really more of a suggestion than a cut-and-dry recipe. Mix and match as you see fit!
- As much frozen fruit as you can handle. Raid your local supermarket freezer section, basically. Some of our favourites are bananas, mango, kiwi, strawberries, raspberries, mixed berries and pineapple.
- Coconut milk, to give some tropical mouthfeel.
- Spinach, because it wouldn’t be island green without it!
- The juice of a lemon or lime, to give it a little kick. Store-bought lemon or lime juice will do if you’re stuck.
- A sprig of fresh mint, to serve.
- Ice is optional, and probably won’t be necessary if you chuck all those frozen fruits in there.
In terms of measurements, this really isn’t an exact science. If you’re primarily after fruity flavours, go heavy on the fruit.
How to serve your island green smoothie
In an ideal world: Pull up a sun lounger, throw on a pair of shades and enjoy it on the beach. Alternatively, this is a mean breakfast option, particularly if you haven’t got much time. It’s a great all-day snack, too. If you really want to liven things up, you might think about adding a measure of rum for an island-inspired cocktail – while drinking responsibly, of course!