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Tropical Smoothie Recipe (3 Ways)!

A Tropical Smoothie recipe with mango, banana and pineapple PLUS a surprising ingredient that adds protein and will make your smoothies SUPER creamy!
A Tropical Smoothie recipe with mango, banana and pineapple PLUS a surprising ingredient that adds protein and will make your smoothies SUPER creamy! (Includes two variations: with kale and SPICY with kale!)

I’ve had a food epiphany. More specifically, a smoothie epiphany. Or we could call it a “how to add protein and a luscious, creamy texture to your Tropical Smoothie recipe” epiphany!

Whatever you call it, I’m over-the-top excited about it. I make smoothies almost every morning for my girls (they make a fantastic on-the-go breakfast)! I picked up these disposable cups and straws just for this purpose (we do reuse them as often as possible and they’re sturdy enough for that). I’ve talked about how I use tofu in my smoothies, right? Well, I never thought I’d see the day when I found a substitute I love more. But I have. And you’ll never guess what it is!!

Cottage cheese.

In my smoothies!

A Tropical Smoothie recipe with mango, banana and pineapple PLUS a surprising ingredient that adds protein and will make your smoothies SUPER creamy! (Includes two variations: with kale and SPICY with kale!)

The first time I served this Tropical Smoothie recipe to my girls, their eyes lit up and the both exclaimed that “it’s SO good”!! << I KID YOU NOT. My less-picky eater was aware of the cottage cheese addition but I intentionally kept the other in the dark. I’m not surprised at all that it went over so well with both girls as there’s no cottage cheese flavor, it simply adds a creamy texture that will take all your smoothie recipes to a new delicious level. And all that extra protein your body will get just makes it even better! It’s a great source of long-lasting energy, which is why I try to make sure my girls get plenty before a long day of learning.

Of course, I use Friendship Dairies cottage cheese (one of the few brands I won’t turn my back on when another is on sale). I just love the texture and flavor of their cottage cheese more than any other I’ve found (I’m still doing the cottage cheese and salsa breakfast a couple of times a week or more)! A big bonus of choosing Friendship Dairies cottage cheese is their fun and informational Superfood Generator to either get some nutritional information for your existing smoothies or to use as inspiration for an entirely new one! It’s what I used for inspiration for this Tropical Smoothie recipe and for a chocolate almond version that I have coming soon (it’s like dessert)!

You’ll begin by choosing your favorite Friendship Dairies cottage cheese – the #OriginalSuperfood – then you’ll choose up to 3 more Superfoods to use in your own recipe:

Smoothie Superfood Generator

I started with mango, banana and pineapple as my base for this Tropical Smoothie and here’s what the Superfood Generator churned out:

Smoothie Superfood Generator

Yes, that would be a whopping 14 grams of protein, plus potassium and plenty of Vitamin C! This was the Tropical Smoothie recipe I came up with for the girls, which I also love, but I wanted to up the nutritional ante even more for mine by adding kale, too!

A Tropical Smoothie recipe with mango, banana and pineapple PLUS a surprising ingredient that adds protein and will make your smoothies SUPER creamy! (Includes two variations: with kale and SPICY with kale!)

Here’s what the Superfood Generator churned out for my Tropical Smoothie recipe with Kale (note that mango is still in the smoothie but I could only choose 3 Superfoods at a time; leave it to me to go Superfood crazy)! Now we’ve added some healthy Vitamin K!

Smoothie Superfood Generator

The next day, I made another batch of Tropical Smoothies and once again added kale to mine. I’m slowly trying to get the girls to go for it, too, but that’s taking longer than I’d like. I’m sure no one else can relate to that, right? ;-) I spotted some Serrano peppers in my refrigerator and version #3, the Spicy Tropical Smoothie with Kale recipe was born! This was personally my favorite version, if only because I’ll never get enough of that spicy-sweet combination that I rave about all. the. time. SO good, SO creamy, SO healthy!!

A Tropical Smoothie recipe with mango, banana and pineapple PLUS a surprising ingredient that adds protein and will make your smoothies SUPER creamy! (Includes two variations: with kale and SPICY with kale!)

Which got me thinking…I wonder what inventive flavor combinations you guys either already swear by or might come up with if you tried to create your own Superfood smoothie? I really want you to try the cottage cheese trick because I know you’ll love how creamy your smoothies become. So if you find yourself whipping up your favorite smoothie one morning (or even for dinner, as I do sometimes), snap a pic and send it over to me! I’d love to make a little scrapbook of everyone’s favorites by posting them here. Fun, right?!

A Tropical Smoothie recipe with mango, banana and pineapple PLUS a surprising ingredient that adds protein and will make your smoothies SUPER creamy!

A final note about my Tropical Smoothies recipe. I love to garnish them with whatever fruit I’ve got, even when I’m making them “just” for us. I threw a strawberry and kiwi on this time (I know, a strawberry isn’t tropical but it sure did taste good) but fresh pineapple is another I like to use. I’ll throw a kiwi into the blender sometimes, too. You can never get too many Superfoods!

More delicious breakfast recipes:

Tropical Smoothie Recipe (3 Ways)!

Tropical Smoothie Recipe (3 Ways)!

Yield: 2 -3 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 6 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups frozen pineapple
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 2 bananas, frozen if you like but not necessary
  • 1 cup Friendship Dairies cottage cheese
  • 1 cup almond milk

For the kale version

  • Add 2 cups chopped kale

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender (preferably a Vitamix or similar high-powered blender). Blend until completely smooth. Enjoy immediately.
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Kristina

Friday 8th of January 2016

ha - interesting protein ingredient indeed! I suppose it's similar to yogurt, which many people use. I could use some tropical flavors (in a tropical setting!) right now...

Kristy Bernardo

Saturday 9th of January 2016

Definitely similar! I prefer it to yogurt, though, since the consistency makes for a creamier texture overall (imo, anyway). Thanks, Kristina! :)

Kristen

Friday 8th of January 2016

I absolutely LOVE putting cottage cheese or ricotta cheese in smoothies--so fabulous! (I love adding it to oats and pancakes too) These all look great!

Kristy Bernardo

Saturday 9th of January 2016

I haven't tried ricotta! I love the cottage because I buy it all the time anyway whereas ricotta I make my own and only do so occasionally. Love the idea of adding it to oats, too - thanks!

Sarah

Friday 8th of January 2016

I'd have never thought to out a pepper in my smoothie, but I love that idea! I'm going to try that today!

Kristy Bernardo

Saturday 9th of January 2016

Oh, you'll love it, Sarah!

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