Pineapple-Mango Green-a Colada Smoothie

Becky and I are sharing healthy spinach recipes.  Check out her recipe for Spinach-Almond Pesto over Pasta with Preserved Lemons.  Doesn’t that sound delicious? 

I come up with silly names for my smoothies and juices.  Do you ever do that?  I’ve finally started juicing again.  I pulled my Breville out of the cupboard where it had been in hibernation mode since the Fall.  (Has it really been that long???)  Oh, fresh juice!  How I’ve missed you!

I don’t usually juice spinach.  I like to save it to use in a green smoothie or in salads, or soups.  I got loads of delicious spinach from my CSA.  More than enough for salads and adding to soups and all of that.  And plenty for smoothies.  I’m not doing a juice fast like I did last year.  (Maybe I will in a few weeks?  Still trying to decide about that.)  But I am going to do juice or smoothies once a twice or day because truthfully, I feel better when I do.

Also, I feel like celebrating!  I made it through the dark, uber-cold winter and the yearly depression.  I see light at the end of that tunnel and can’t wait for Spring to arrive this week.  Also, it’s my birthday on Wednesday, which I have to casually mention because it’s even more reason for me to celebrate because it’s Spring!  And my birthday!  On the same day!  I have a killer new cake planned to celebrate my 32nd birthday.  When will I finally start feeling like a grown-up?  Maybe this is the year?

Also, I can’t get Hawaii out of my head.  I dream I’m back there at least three or four times a week.  Isn’t that crazy?  I was only there for a few days two years ago, but all I can seem to think about is going back and staying.  Do you have a place in the world that you long to visit?

Oh, I have such longing for Hawaii that it almost hurts!  Once or twice a day I grab my husband’s arm and looking deeply into his eyes and telling him earnestly that we have to move to Hawaii.  Even if it’s takes us 10 years, I want to live there.  I want fresh mango and passion fruit right off the tree.  I want coconut water every morning and night.  I want pineapple that tastes good without having to let it almost rot on the counter to become sweet.  (Do you do that too?)  I want warm breezes and blue skies.  I want to swim every day in the ocean.  Really, is it too much to ask to want my life to be like a vacation?  (I know the answer, so don’t burst my bubble!)

I guess all we need is to win the lottery or to somehow become independently wealthy, which sometimes sounds boring, but I’d be willing to give it a try if it meant I could have a house like Robin Masters’ and my hubby could drive a Ferrari (though I think he’d rather have an Aston Martin), and instead of dogs and Higgins we’d have children.  We’ve been watching old episodes of Magnum, P.I., which is great fun.  And doesn’t really help with my obsession.  I watched that show with my dad when I was a little kid.  It’s a lot of fun watching it again as an adult.  (And Tom Selleck was such a dreamboat!)

Yeah, I could get used to it.  For now, I will sip my Pineapple Mango Green-a Colada Smoothie and wait for the fruit trees to blossom and the grass to turn green.  And for Spring to arrive in two days.

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Pineapple-Mango Green-a Colada Smoothie

This smoothie is reminiscent of island cocktails with the additions of pineapple, mango, and coconut milk.

  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 1x


Units Scale
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 to 2 cups fresh or frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 to 1 cup light coconut milk
  • a few big handfuls fresh baby spinach
  • a little honey or agave, if desired
  • ice


  1. Place the fruit into a highspeed blender. Puree until smooth. Add the spinach and ice and add enough coconut milk to make a smooth puree. Serve immediately.
  • Author: Lindsey Johnson
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American


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  1. I have almost everything to make this – going to do it this afternoon. And yes, with the impending snow storm here in Boston tomorrow (on the first official day of spring ironically), Hawaii would be just fine.

  2. Your drink is such a beautiful color! Mine are always a yucky color, but I don’t have a juicer
    :(. It’s such a good thing to do!

  3. so… i’m sitting here slurping this green wonder. i must say i was quite reticent regarding this and while I made it I thought it’s going to taste awkward. I don’t know why, because I love each ingredient in this recipe and mixed together they’re just FABULOUS! I have a feeling it’s going to become a daily obsession. Thank you for sharing! :D

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