Tropical Green Smoothie

By Sally Cameron on June 25, 2013

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Smoothies are a great way to start the day. They whip up in seconds, are transportable, and customizable to each persons tastes and dietary preferences. Here is a new one I’ve been making lately. A simple, tropical green smoothie made with mango, baby spinach leaves, chia, and homemade almond milk.  Don’t let the bright green color throw you. It’s delicious!

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Mango and Spinach for a Green Smoothie

I’ve been stuck on my raspberry-banana smoothie for a long time and decided it was time to create some new flavors. With the gift of a half dozen mangoes from the Mango Board, a smoothie was my first thought. Mangoes bring that sweet taste of the tropics to everything. While combining mango with spinach leaves might sound crazy, it makes a terrific smoothie.

How to Choose a Mango

To choose a ripe mango, squeeze it gently. it should give slightly like a ripe peach or avocado. Firm but with a slight give. The color of the skin is not the best indicator. If the mango is hard, keep it at room temperature until it is ripe, then refrigerate, but not before. Once refrigerated, a mango will last about 5 days. If they get soft and you don’t have time to use them, peel, cube and freeze the flesh so it is not wasted.

How To Cut Up a Mango

how to cut up a mango

Mangoes can be challenging to cut up the first time, so here are a few tips. Mangoes have a large, flat, center seed. First, wash the mango. Next, stand the mango with the stem end on the cutting board. Cut a little off center, through the flesh and you will get a large piece of mango, sometimes called a cheek. You may need to test with your knife a time or two to find just the right spot to cut. If you cut too close and hit the seed, just move a 1/4″ off and try again.

how to cut up a mango

When you have cut the “cheeks” off the seed, cut a grid pattern on the mango with a sharp paring knife. Don’t cut through the skin. Then scoop out the cubes with a spoon. Most of what is left is the seed. You might be able to harvest a little more mango flesh off the center piece, but not much.

For more information (and a video) on how to cut up a mango, check out the National Mango Board site.

More Healthy Ingredients

A few more notes on ingredients. This green smoothie gets its beautiful bright color from fresh baby spinach leaves. While spinach might sound like a strange thing for a smoothie, it’s a great way to get green leafy vegetables in as you start your day. Add about a cup, or a big handful, to your blender. Spinach is super-nutritious and one of the world’s healthiest vegetables, rich in vitamins and minerals, plus anti-inflammatory benefits.

Another addition to this smoothie is chia seed. Chia was eaten by the ancient Aztec Indians for strength. Chia is a source of omega fatty acids and dietary fiber, plus calcium, iron, potassium and protein. The brand I buy is Navitas Naturals. Maker of high quality products, their chia is organic, non-GMO, raw, gluten-free, and vegan. Check out their other fantastic products too. Lots of healthy things to add to your smoothies, and overall, your diet. Superfoods!

Once your mango is cubed, get out your blender or Vitamix, ready your spinach, almond milk and chia seeds and get ready for a great smoothie!

For another recipe idea using mangoes, try this pineapple-mango salsa. It’s great on grilled chicken, shrimp and fish.

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Tropical Green Smoothie

Spinach and mango might sound like a crazy combination, but it makes a tasty and healthy tropical green smoothie. Add chia seed for protein and fiber. Use your favorite protein powder. If you want a frosty cold smoothie, freeze the mango ahead of time. For a lower sugar banana, use them when slightly green.
Servings 1


  • 10-12 ounces almond milk preferably homemade
  • 1 big fat handful of washed baby spinach leaves
  • 1 scoop preferred protein powder 
  • 1/2 cup cubed mango fresh or frozen
  • 2 tablespoons chia seed
  • 1/2 banana


  1. Place everything in a blender and process until smooth


Leave a Comment
Lizzy (Good Things) | 06/25/2013 at 5:40 pm

I love the sound of this smoothie, would never have considered combining spinach and mango…. must try it!

    Sally | 06/25/2013 at 9:40 pm

    Thanks Lizzy. Yep, I know it sounds like a strange combo, but I tried it anyway and it was great! Even my husband likes it! Hope you like it too. let me know. That’s the fun thing about food. Try crazy stuff. If it works, great. If not, no big deal. You never know what you might discover.

Anna Giusti | 10/14/2013 at 10:53 pm

Could you please indicate how much protein/carbs/calories etc on glass would have. (Since my son is a diabetic I have to check everything).

Thank you.


    Sally | 10/15/2013 at 12:47 pm

    Hi Anna. I don’t provide nutritional data for my recipes. I understand your need for your son. I suggest you check out a site called A resource like this would help you be independent and analyze any recipe. Hope this helps.

Has | 05/30/2014 at 7:30 am

I’ve been researching for months now about food and health. My blood sugar has been normal for the past 6 months. I’ve been really looking for alternatives and real eating plans that me and my husband can use to be more healthy. I just want to say God bless your efforts! I like your “plan ahead” approach and green smoothies for the morning! I’m gonna try this recipe! thanks again!

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