This fruity tropical ginger smoothie will make you feel healthy inside and out. Made with banana, pineapple, mango and ginger, it's a great way to get some of your 5 a day!
I spent most of last winter either suffering from a bad cold or just coming down with one. I never seemed to go longer than a week feeling on top form. It was similar the year before. I love running and try to run three times a week but I almost gave up. This year I have decided to do something about it.
So what am I going to do? Well, I've decided that this year I am going to make myself a healthy smoothie every single day and see if that makes a difference.
A couple of weeks ago we bought a Nutribullet and so far I've developed two recipes that I absolutely love. They both contain fresh ginger which is AMAZING in smoothies and is so good for you too.
What's in my tropical ginger smoothie?
The recipe I'm sharing today is my tropical ginger smoothie. It contains banana, pineapple, mango and ginger. It's fruity and refreshing with a spicy kick of ginger.
In the past I would have used fruit juice for the liquid in a smoothie but over the last few weeks I've discovered that I prefer to just add a little ice cold water. This means the taste of the fresh fruit is not masked by the juice and my smoothies taste exactly how I want them to.
Fruit juice also contains a lot of sugar and of course too much sugar is not healthy even if it does come from fruit. It might not be summer any more but this smoothie can bring back summer and makes you feel good inside and out.
Don't worry if your bananas are a little overripe. I used to use my overripe bananas to make muffins but now I'm adding them to smoothies too. It's a great way to use them up, although completely yellow bananas are fine too.
Can you adapt this smoothie recipe?
Of course! Smoothie recipes are easy to adapt. In fact, you can stick almost any fruit into a smoothie and it'll still taste great. In this particular smoothie, you can add apples or oranges and it'll still taste very similar.
You can also add a pinch of turmeric. Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties so it's great to add a little if you can!
Do you need a Nutribullet to make this tropical ginger smoothie?
Of course not! Until now I've always used a handheld stick blender to make smoothies and any type of jug blender can also be used. The benefits of the Nutribullet are that it easily blitzes tougher ingredients such as the ginger in this smoothie. I'm not so sure my old stick blender would have managed quite so well.
The Nutribullet also easily blitzes tougher vegetables such as carrot and beetroot. As well as making smoothies it can also be used to make dips, sauces and nice cream with frozen bananas. I clearly need to do some more experimenting with it!
Why did I buy the Nutribullet?
Before we bought the Nutribullet I considered quite a few blenders. My main criteria were:
- easy to clean
- powerful enough to blitz tough vegetables
We bought the NUTRiBULLET 1000 Series Blender 9-Piece Set with Smart Technology which is perfect for making super smooth smoothies and still costs less than a hundred pounds.
However, if you are looking for an even more powerful blender that can make soup too, then I would recommend the NUTRiBULLET Rx Blender and Food Processor, 1.27 L, 1700 W. This is priced at over £100 though.
More smoothie recipes
If you like this tropical ginger smoothie then why not try one of my other smoothie recipes?
Tropical Ginger Smoothie
- 1 banana
- 100 g pineapple skin removed
- ½ mango
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated
- 6 ice cubes
- 200 ml cold water
- Put all the ingredients in the cup of the Nutribullet or blender.
- Blitz for a minute until smooth.
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