Tropical smoothies are all about combining tropical fruits (orange, pineapple, mango), with some pear, apple, and strawberries, to create summer in a glass. Unlike a berry smoothie, there’s no yoghurt, relying on coconut water to add the extra liquid, making it a little bit lighter and brighter. If you add a chunk of ginger in with the fruit, you get an added zing that takes it to another level. A tropical smoothie with ginger is sure to put a spring in your step.
We began making smoothies one very hot summer when the thought of actual food for breakfast turned you off having breakfast at all. But with a long day of school ahead of everyone, they couldn’t leave home without enough sustenance to get them through to lunch time. Enter the smoothie.They are great because your daily fruit requirement is filled in one go, give you all the energy you need to start the day, and as a bonus, are refreshing.
With the seasonal nature of fruit, we tend to buy bags of frozen fruits. Pineapple, mango and strawberries are readily available from the supermarket freezer throughout the year, and are always a lot cheaper than the fresh alternative. But the beauty of smoothies is you can add anything you like: you are only limited by your imagination (watermelon is great too). And they’re not just great for breakfast. They make a wonderful addition to morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea… Enjoy!
- 1 orange
- 1 apple
- 1 pear
- a handful of pineapple chunks
- a handful of mango chunks
- ½ cup sliced strawberries
- a knob of ginger
- ½ cup coconut water
- Place everything in a nutribullet or similar, and blitz until smooth.