Last weekend my youngest was practically begging for a fruit smoothie. Not feeling well the week before she hadn’t smoothies for a few days and the only fruit she had had was bananas. So I whipped up some fun tropical all fruit smoothies for the girls. I decided I would make myself a smoothies too but I was stuck, I’m never not sure what kind of smoothie I want! I’m almost always wanting something and I was just blah, nothing really sounded good or stood out. I looked outside to the dirty snow and felt like what it looked like outside. I’m so ready for winter to be over, the snow to melt, the grass and flowers to grow, and warm weather! With Daylight Savings Time coming up I thought you know what I’m going to make a Spring Ahead Smoothie! Yep sometimes even the most unpretty things can inspire us. Under that snow there is green grass I just know it, like I know the sky is blue. Yes I know the grass is brown and dead but I’m pretending it’s pretty and green under the snow.
Spring ahead with this delicious tropical green and coconut banana layered smoothie with tropical green smoothie shot! Green tropical smoothie representing the green grass is a simple pineapple spinach smoothie. You can sub banana for pineapple or your own favorite green smoothie. You can add in wheatgrass, chlorella, or any other superfoods or additions you would typically add to your green smoothies making it as simple or nutrient packed as desired. For the snowy white smoothie it is a simple coconut banana, frozen banana adding a little sweetness making it thick and creamy, if you are more of a coconut fan you can omit the banana and add more coconut and or ice to thicken. The extra green smoothie “shot” is the remaining tropical green smoothie. Instead of making a super small batch of green smoothie, or wasting any, I decided the extra boost of nutrition is needed to furl me losing an hour of sleep. If you don’t want the extra green smoothie you can save it for later or if you are making multiples you can make a single batch of the green smoothie layer and a double of the coconut white layer to make two smoothies.
What are you most looking to spring forward to?
Tropical Green Smoothie Layer, and extra green “shot”
Makes 1 servings (2 if you do not want the extra shot)
3/4c water or non-dairy milk of choice, 1c if using protein powder (used water)
1 large handful spinach, or Power Greens mix
1/2-1c frozen pineapple chunks, or you can use frozen banana
1/2-1 scoop vanilla or tropical protein powder, optional (we like French Vanilla Vega One or Vega Tropical Tango Protein Smoothie in this one)*
plus any additional wheatgrass, chlorella, or other superfood/supplements you would add to your green smoothies, optional
Snowy White Coconut Smoothie Layer
Makes 1 serving
1c coconut milk or coconut water (used So Delicious Unsweetened Vanilla Coconut Milk)
1/4c shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2-1 frozen banana, or if omitting more coconut
1/2-1 scoop vanilla or coconut protein powder*
dash of cinnamon, optional
*You can add protein to either or both layers of this smoothie. You can add vanilla to both or one layer. Or try just one of the following, Tropical Tango in the green smoothie layer or Coconut Almond Vega One (a Whole Foods Exclusive in the US).
In a Vitamix, or high-speed blender, blend together green smoothie ingredients until smooth. Pour into a glass filling 1/3 of the way and remaining into a smaller glass (if making two split mixture between two glasses). Rinse blender and blend together white smoothie layer ingredients until smooth. Pour over green smoothie layer. Enjoy!
While I do receive some Vega products from time to time, which I used as an option in this recipe, I do purchase much of it on my own. It has been my plant-based protein of choice since before I started blogging. Even though most Vega products used are purchased by myself I do add this disclaimer. I do not make any money off any Vega sales or posts. I only write about foods I love, my blog is an extension of my hobby to make fun healthy food creations for me and my family.