I am really really excited to tell you guys that I am an official contributor for Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Shawn Johnson’s website The Body Department! The goal for Shawn and TBD is to provide a safe and healthy place for young women to come and talk about health and body image in a positive way. You can see my Contributor Profile on TBD, where Shawn will be sharing some of my recipes and tips to live a healthy vibrant life! She also posts some great workouts that you guys will love!

I went to Whole Foods the other night after spin and ended up ordering the BEST smoothie. I’ve been making my Simple Green Smoothie every morning, but I’m quite certain that this is my new go to! The best part is that it’s just as simple to make! See my video below to watch me make this smoothie step by step!

Below is the 24 oz Tropical Green Smoothie that I purchased from Whole Foods for $5.95.
It consisted of spinach, coconut water, banana, pineapple, and mango.
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I love getting smoothies from juice bars and markets when I’m low on time and groceries, but sometimes I don’t think their smoothies are thick enough for my liking and I drink them in a nanosecond. My recipe is a little bit thicker but to my knowledge, tastes exactly the same as theirs! If you like thick smoothies, you are in the right place! But if you like your smoothies a little thinner, no problem, just add some extra coconut water to this recipe!

Below is my Copycat Tropical Green Smoothie!

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Copycat {whole foods} Tropical Green Smoothie
Serves 1

1/2 – 1 cup coconut water (I used O.N.E.brand)
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 cup mango
huge handful of spinach

Start with 1/2 cup of coconut water and add more if needed or desired. Blend until creamy and smooth.

Vitamix Blending Tips:
Some of you have asked me what settings I use on my blender.
Vitamix blenders can look intimidating, but they are so easy to use!

  • Start by placing all of the ingredients into the blender, followed by the lid, and plunger.
  • I usually start off on variable 5 as I jam all of the ingredients down with the plunger.
  • Once the ingredients have all been pushed to the bottom, I like to bring the variable speed up to 7 or 8 until it starts moving on it’s own without the plunger.
  • Once the ingredients start blending without the help of the trusty Vitamix plunger, I hit the “HIGH” switch and let it run until it blends super smooth and even!

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I hope you guys enjoy this smoothie as much as I did!
And I apologize for all of the smoothie recipes recently, it’s so hot in CA! We literally haven’t had winter at all here, boooo. I want snow and hot soup!

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8 Responses so far.

  1. Great recipe! I forget what green grass looks like, it’s been such a harsh snowy winter here in PA. Nice reminder there’s still sunshine and warmth out there!!

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  2. Mmm green smoothies are my fave. Wish my whole foods had a smoothie bar

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  3. Totally doing this tomorrow morning. Thank you!

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  4. Can’t wait to try this recipe! I love copy cat recipes of the places we visit. I have mastered the Toxic Flush from Nekter.

    http://www.inallofhersplendor.com/2014/02/04/nekter-juice-bar-toxic-flush-recipe/

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    • I’m definitely trying your toxin flush recipe! One of my fav Nekter juices! xo

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  5. Great article! I love the smoothies at Whole Foods. My current favorite smoothie recipe is a ‘chocolate milk smoothie’ that I get to drink after my workouts. Apparently it helps your muscles recover: http://www.ivlproducts.com/all-day-energy-greens-drink/health-and-wellness/How-to-Make-Your-Own-Homemade-Green-Energy-Drinks.aspx

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  6. Thank for posting this! This is my favorite smoothie at Whole Foods and a great way to get greens in but in the Bay Area, it’s $8 for 24oz! And I have a vitamix, so I’m extra appreciative for the directions and I’m looking forward to making this at home. So great! Thanks!

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  7. Hey Catherine,

    Wasn’t sure how to contact you but I’m excited cause I am doing a 3 month challenge of your food pyramid and I’m in my first week! Wasn’t a perfect week but I learned a lot and did better than I thought. I can’t wait to show you my progress…I don’t drink protein shakes often but this week I was running late and grabbed it but didn’t know how to journal it. I did 1 scoop protein powder with 8 oz almond milk… then what would you put with that to make a meal?

    I”m going to a bachlorette shower/girls weekend tonight and decided to make a yummy rabbit food kale and spinach salad to add to the dinner table…I think everyone will enjoy it :)

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