This Bahama Mama Tropical smoothie is perfect year round no matter the temperature outside! It is four ingredients, balanced, creamy, and will take you away to a tropical island vacation with every sip. It’s now being rotated in weekly in my house and I will be making year round.
- 1 cup coconut milk unsweetened
- 1.5 cups strawberries, frozen
- 1.5 cups mango, frozen
- 2 tbsp white chocolate pudding mix
How to Make It
For this particular smoothie, all you will do is add your ingredients together, frozen food first, and blend! You’ll be enjoying it in no time.
Smoothies are notoriously easy to make because they’re a dump, blend and drink type of food. Personally, I do not own a blender so I use an immersion blender for all of my smoothies. You just need a tall cup (usually they come with one) to blend the food in. I like the immersion blender because it’s fast and easy to clean.
Variations and Optional Add-Ins
Of course, once you start varying the recipe your results will vary too. But while keeping that in mind here are some ways to change it up as well as optional add-ins:
- Swap the mango for pineapple
- Swap the strawberries for raspberries
- Switch the type of milk you use – but fair warning, the coconut milk in this makes it extra tropical! If you don’t have coconut milk, consider adding some shredded coconut instead.
- The white chocolate pudding can be subbed for pieces of white chocolate, white chocolate chips, or white chocolate syrup
- Hemp hearts
- Flax seed, ground
- Chia seeds
- Protein powder
- Uncooked oats
- Silken tofu
- Additional fruit such as mango and raspberries
Storage and Freezing
Did you know you can freeze a smoothie? Just pour it into a container and enjoy within three months. Personally, the sooner the better! Take the smoothie out the night prior to eating it and thaw it in the fridge.
Smoothies will last one to two days in the fridge. You may see some separation, so some additional frozen fruit such as a banana or more mango/strawberries would help to thicken it back up. Make a double batch of this so you will have them prepped and go for the week!
How do I make it creamier?
Adding yogurt can help make it creamier. This recipe is already quite creamy because of the coconut milk. If you sub in water or add ice, you’ll end up with a thinner and less creamy smoothie. The same goes for using frozen fruit instead of fresh. It will be creamier with frozen fruit!
How long does it keep in the fridge?
A fresh smoothie will last one to two days in the fridge.
Are smoothies like juicing?
No, a juice does not have the fiber from the fruits and vegetables added in. You mainly are left with vitamins and carbohydrates when juicing produce. This is not a bad thing but it’s much less filling this way.
Personally, I don’t recommend “juicing” as a way of health. It can be helpful but it’s often associated with a cleanse/detox or juicing “diet” all of which are unhelpful.
Is it smoothie a full meal?
It depends on what your body needs! Depending on what I add to a smoothie, it lasts me approximately four to five hours. So to me, that is more of a meal. Experiment with the recipe as is first, see how it works within your eating schedule and next time add some extra items, have something on the side, or simply use it as a snack in between meals.
What are the benefits of drinking a smoothie?
I like smoothies for busy times when I know I’m going to work and eat/drink at the same time. I feel mindful while making the smoothie but can work and get my nutrition in all at once. It’s also a beneficial way of boosting nutrients you may not get enough of. That could be fiber, quality fats, protein, or vitamins and minerals.
Can a smoothie improve my digestion?
The answer is, it depends! Depending on what is going on with your body digestively, a smoothie could help. If you’re struggling with constipation and need to increase fiber, a smoothie can be a helpful way to do this.
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Bahama Mama Tropical Smoothie Recipe
- blender or immersion blender
- 1 cup Coconut milk unsweetened
- 1.5 cups strawberries frozen
- 1.5 cups mango frozen
- 2 tbsp white chocolate pudding mix
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth
- Use the left over coconut milk in oatmeal, soups, or freeze it in one cup servings. Pour it into a freezer bag, lay it flat in the freezer and store for future use.
- Choose one of the add-in’s to boost up the nutrient density further if desired
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