This tropical Mango Spinach Smoothie takes only a few minutes to make and it's really versatile! Keep it simple or add more protein and greens!
Why This Recipe Works
- A healthy snack or breakfast - Depending on how much protein you add, if any at all, this can be a light refreshing snack for 2-4 people or a healthy breakfast for 1.
- Quick and easy - Smoothies take no time at all to make. All you need to do is gather your ingredients, throw them into a blender and blend on high until smooth. So easy, so simple!
- Versatile - It's really easy to make this smoothie your own! You can add or take out any ingredients you like or dislike. If you don't like bananas, you can add pineapple or raspberries instead. Spinach can be substituted with practically any greens, and you can add green powder and protein to make it into a meal.
- A good way to add greens to your diet - If you don't like eating big salads, green smoothies are a great way to introduce more greens into your diet. This recipe has mango, coconut milk, and orange juice which all add so much flavor you won't taste the spinach at all, even if you add a lot!
- Frozen mango - It's important you use frozen mango because it's what makes the smoothie cool and creamy. If you have only fresh mango, peel and chop it up the night before and freeze overnight. You can also add ice to the smoothie instead if in a pinch but it won't have the same texture.
- Frozen banana - Banana adds a ton of creaminess to the smoothie, sweetens it, and also makes it cool. You can omit it if you don't like bananas and add ¼ of an avocado for creaminess or other frozen fruit for sweetness. More on variations below.
- Baby spinach - I use baby spinach rather than regular spinach (big dark green leaves) because it's not as bitter and strong tasting. You can use frozen spinach too if necessary but I highly recommend using fresh for smoothies. Frozen spinach is usually made with regular spinach and you have to make sure there aren't any added ingredients.
- Coconut milk - The recipe calls for coconut milk from a carton, not a can. If you only have canned coconut milk, use only half of the amount and add water. I recommend coconut milk because it adds tropical flavor but you can also use almond milk or water.
- Orange juice - You can add less or more to taste or based on how thick you want the smoothie to be. Freshly squeezed orange juice is always better than store-bought if possible. Some stores have freshly-squeezed bottled juices available which is what I get sometimes. Make sure they don't have any sugar added. You can also peel and chop one orange and add it to the smoothie instead of the juice.
- Protein powder - I highly recommend adding some sort of protein to the smoothie. Vanilla protein is a great option. You can also add almond butter or hemp seeds both of which are packed with protein and healthy fats.
Variations and Substitutions
- More fresh greens - You don't have to stop at spinach with this smoothie. Add more fresh greens like kale, romaine, collard greens, or even celery. Keep in mind that you'll be able to taste most of these in the smoothie. Spinach is the mildest option along with romaine but romaine doesn't have as many nutrients.
- Powdered greens - If you have a favorite greens powder, definitely add a scoop! That's what I usually do with this smoothie. The recipe is a good base layer and you can either keep it simple or add more. Powdered greens add a ton more nutrients than just plain spinach.
- Collagen - A lot of people like to add their collagen to coffee or water but I like adding it to my smoothies. If I'm adding powdered greens, there's already a lot of flavor going on and the collagen won't change the taste of the smoothie.
- More fruit - You can add less mango and add a handful of frozen pineapple, raspberries, or strawberries. Frozen acai or dragon fruit would also be delicious. Keep in mind darker fruit will change the color of your smoothie and in combination with greens, it usually turns a green, brownish color. Still delicious, just not as bright green!
Making the smoothie is very simple. A high-speed blender is always good to have when blending greens because it's the best at blending them up completely but as long as you're not adding any ice, any blender should be able to handle this smoothie no problem!
Simply add all your ingredients into the blender and blend on high. I recommend always adding your liquids first. This way, there won't be any air bubbles on the bottom and everything will be easier to blend.
Serving and Storing
- This smoothie is best served right away when it's still very cold from the frozen mango and banana.
- If necessary, you can store it in an airtight container, like a mason jar, in the fridge for a few hours or up to 1 day. Smoothies don't keep very well and just don't taste as good after they've been sitting for a while so I highly recommend making them right before eating.
- Serve it in a tall glass with a glass straw when serving for one, or in smaller glasses when serving as a snack for multiple people.
- You can garnish the smoothie by adding a wedge of fresh mango to the edge of the glass.
Yes! This recipe is really easy to multiply by however many servings you need. Keep in mind your blender only fits so much and it will be harder to blend everything if it's too packed so it's a good idea to work in batches.
Yes, you can have this for breakfast. Make sure to add protein powder and healthy fats like almond butter to keep you full longer. I make this on days when I'm in a rush and want a light breakfast.
No, smoothies don't keep well in general so I recommend always making your smoothie right before serving. If you have to, you can store it in an airtight container in the fridge for a few hours.
Fruit naturally has a lot of sugar. The smoothie still contains all the fiber which makes it different from a juice. If you want to cut some of the carbs, skip the orange juice and add water instead. You could also peel and chop one orange and add it to the smoothie instead of the juice!
More Delicious Smoothies
Here are four smoothies you should definitely check out if you like this mango spinach one! If you'd like to see all the smoothie recipes on the blog, go to the Smoothies & Juices category where you'll find the latest ones!
This Mango Spinach Smoothie takes only a few minutes to make and it's really versatile! Keep it simple or add more protein and greens!
- 1 cup coconut milk (from a carton, not canned, or other milk of choice)
- 1 cup orange juice or water (or 1 orange, peeled and chopped for more fiber)
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 banana (fresh or frozen, optional)
- 1 serving of plain or vanilla protein powder
Optional add-ons: hemp hearts, yogurt, nut butter, chia seeds, cinnamon, flax seeds, powdered greens, collagen
- Add everything to a high-speed blender with the liquids going in first to make everything easier to blend.
- Blend on high until completely blended and smooth. Add more liquid if needed to reach desired consistency.
- Pour into a tall glass and enjoy immediately. Serve with a straw and sip slowly.
- I like serving my smoothies with a wide straw to pace myself and avoid drinking the smoothie too quickly.
- If necessary, you can store the smoothie in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 day.
- The recipe makes 1 serving if it's made as a meal or up to 4 servings if made as a light snack.
- Nutritional information is measured without protein powder because they are all different.
Keywords: green smoothie, mango spinach smoothie