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.
By the way, the other recipes are a fruity green ginger smoothie and an orange smoothie with carrot and ginger.
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?
Or try this banana, avocado and Nutella smoothie or this matcha and banana smoothie?
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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This smoothie is great! Been making it for a few years now. I’ve started using frozen pineapple and mango to speed things up. Also add a pinch of turmeric.
That sounds delicious! I'll have to try it with a bit of turmerice next time I make it.
This has so many of my favorite things in it! 😀 Can't wait to try it out!
Thanks Farrah! It's also good to have at the moment with all the sweet treats everywhere - I sometimes feel I need to counteract the overindulgence with something healthy and it's still 2 weeks to go till Christmas!
Looks amazing and healthy!
This is my kind of smoothie! Especially because of the ginger. I have a powerful blender as well, and I add the core of the pineapple because of its health benefits.
Out of habit I usually cut the core out but then eat it by itself. I'll have to just throw it in the blender next time!
Lynn | The Road to Honey
The hubby & I have a protein smoothie nearly every day. And while they are healthy. . .sometimes I feel like I am being naughty because they really are the perfect milkshake substitute (especially when you blend them with frozen bananas. . .which I like to do). Loving the tropical flavors you used in this one. I just think I might buy big bags of frozen mango and pineapple next time I am at Costco so that I can add some tropical vibes to our daily smoothie routine.
That sounds lovely. Frozen mango and pineapple would definitely make this even easier to throw together!
Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago
Great smoothie recipe! I love the addition of ginger!!
Thanh | Eat, Little Bird
I need to make this smoothie pronto! I haven't been feeling great the past few weeks - one sickness after another which I blame on my children from bringing germs home from their school 😉 I need to find ways to stay healthy and this sounds like a good place to start!
I blame the children too! I used to sometimes only get one or two colds in winter but over the past two years I seem to have them all the time. Although I've managed to avoid any so far this winter. Touch wood!
Love the ginger flavor in beverages and this one sounds so refreshing!
Thanks Prasanna! It is really refreshing and you can add some ice too to make it more chilled.
I am not sure that I need to be kept healthy, but the flavors are on point and if that is healthy -- call me Richard Simmons!
So pleased you like it!
Carrie @ Carrie's Home Cooking
My son is on a smoothie mission! He has been making them for breakfast and I am sharing this one with him. I love that you added ginger! Two Thumbs Up!
I hope he likes it! Ginger is just so good in smoothies although I know it's probably not everyone's favourite ingredient.
Gloria @ Homemade & Yummy
Fresh ginger is such a great ingredient to work with. Smoothies are great for breakfast, lunch or after a workout. Sounds delicious.
They are, aren't they? I tend to have mine mid-morning at the moment.
Ashley @ Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen
What a great way to channel the warmer weather, regardless of what time of year it is!
Exactly! I'm hoping this one will get me through until summer.
I had the same problem last winter! I've been trying to load up on vitamins now too- Lets stay healthy this year!!!! This looks delicious!
Fingers crossed for a healthy winter! No bugs here so far! I'm pleased you like this.
Angela / Only Crumbs Remain
I absolutely love the sound of this - the fresh ginger really must bring a lovely zing to pep us up for the colder months! Think I could do with a glass of this now Corina!
Fresh ginger is amazing in a smoothie Angela. I am popping it in all the time at the moment. x
This looks delicious! I'm mad for fresh ginger and it goes in everything in our house. Got my first cold in 3 years this week due to my son visiting so I'll be trying this to get me back on track.
I hope it works! I definitely feel healthier since I'm drinking more smoothies - most of them with ginger in!
Lisa | Tiny Kitchen Capers
I love smoothies and this one looks so refreshing! I also love my NutriBullet, I’ve never found anything it couldn’t handle.
The Nutribullet is great, isn't it? I love the fact that it's so easy to use and easy to clean as well because I know if it took time to clean I probably wouldn't use it!
Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry
I love ginger in a smoothie - it gives it that little bit of a kick! Will have to make this myself!
It's great in a smoothie isn't it! Definitely one of my favourite ingredients right now.
I love the addition of ginger, I'm saving this to try this week!
I hope you enjoy it - do let me know!
I love the idea of adding ginger to a smoothie. It looks delish!
Thanks! It's my favourite smoothie ingredient right now.
Looks amazing and healthy! I love ginger flavor!
The banana makes it so creamy! I love the sound of this with the ginger too! I'm definitely giving this a try!
I hope you like it Beth! I'm a ginger addict in smoothies at the moment.
Jo @ Jo's Kitchen Larder
When seasons change I am constantly sniffly and under the weather. It doesn't help that kids bring all kinds of lurgy from school and nursery. Smoothie boost is such a great way to top up your nutrients! Love the flavours and ginger in it too! x
I think I should blame it on the kids! Last winter they were 2 and 4 and so they caught everything and passed it on to me. I'm hoping that as they get older we'll all be able to resist the bugs a little more, although I suspect they'll catch just as much this year as last year. The ginger is fantastic in a smoothie and I put it almost every smoothie I make right now x
Agness of Run Agness Run
I am well aware of the benefits of ginger, but I must admit I use it quite rarely. This smoothie recipe is a great way to include more ginger into my diet. Thanks a bunch!
I hope you like it! I just love the ginger in this.
Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie
Oooh yum! I am always on the lookout for new smoothie recipes and this one sounds amazing! Hubby and I have started to have a smoothie every morning instead of cereal and we are both feeling better and have lost a little weight too! It's such a great way to get a head-start on your 5 a day, isn't it? Eb x
Oh it is indeed Eb! My husband is also trying to eat more smoothies and it was mainly his idea to start making smoothies every day but now I've started I'm really into it too. x
This sounds deliciously refreshing! I must try it next time I have some pineapple, and the ginger will be perfect going into cold season!
Exactly! I will definitely be giving the credit to ginger if I get through this winter with fewer colds!
Kirsty Hijacked By Twins
Oooh Corina, this sounds delicious! I love making smoothies and they are a fantastic way to get some extra goodness into our bodies. Thank you for sharing with #CookBlogShare x
Thanks Kirsty! I'm normally fairly healthy anyway but I'm hoping the extra nutrients from all the smoothies I'm making now is really going to make a difference this winter. I think I need all the help I can get! x
Jhuls | The Not So Creative Cook
I am definitely loving this recipe! I will surely try this one! Thanks for sharing!
I'm so pleased you like it Jhuls!
Vicky | The Flourishing Pantry
This sounds delicious and I love the idea of the added ginger for this time of the year too. I am obsessed with my NutriBullet - I use it for everything!
The Nutribullet is so good, isn't it? I've gone from buying fresh ginger once a month to once a week since I started adding it to smoothies. I just love it in smoothies!
Hi Corina, I love everything about this smoothie recipe. I really think fresh fruit makes a huge difference too. I had the same issue as you last winter with being sick too often and never really getting ahead. I missed out on allot of fun things. I'm going to try this out. Thank you for sharing.
Fingers crossed it works! I'm so pleased you like the recipe too.