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.
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!

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!

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!

16 Comments on Copycat {whole foods} Tropical Green Smoothie

  1. Jess
    February 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm (10 years ago)

    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!!

  2. Jojo @ RunFastEatLots
    February 19, 2014 at 5:07 pm (10 years ago)

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

  3. Annie
    February 19, 2014 at 9:22 pm (10 years ago)

    Totally doing this tomorrow morning. Thank you!

    • Catherine
      February 19, 2014 at 11:34 pm (10 years ago)

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

  4. Marissa
    March 4, 2014 at 12:29 pm (10 years ago)

    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!

  5. Megan Staggs
    April 11, 2014 at 2:19 pm (10 years ago)

    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 🙂

  6. akeakamai'i
    February 5, 2015 at 10:45 am (9 years ago)

    This recipe is on point! I made this everyday this past week and I’m so happy that I no longer have to go to Whole Foods, wait in line, and pay almost 5 bucks for it. With some inexpensive ingredients and this awesome recipe I now have that hole in my pocket slowly rebuilding.

  7. Deb
    March 8, 2015 at 11:10 am (9 years ago)

    This was the best green smoothie I have EVER had. Just got my new Vitamix a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been doing smoothies every day — I will be doing this one again and again!

    • Catherine
      March 9, 2015 at 2:50 pm (9 years ago)

      Thanks Deb!!! I am SO happy to hear that!!! 🙂 YAYY!!! Mission accomplished!

  8. melissa
    March 14, 2015 at 7:29 am (9 years ago)

    Can you add ice also? Just got a Vitamix yesterday

  9. Chandrea
    July 1, 2015 at 12:41 pm (9 years ago)

    Your version tastes JUST LIKE the one at Whole Foods! Delicious and way cheaper! Thanks!

  10. topcookwareonline
    January 16, 2016 at 5:05 pm (8 years ago)

    Oh well oh well this probably my new favorite smoothie , I played a little bit on mine though replaced mango with peaches & almond mild instead of yogurt And more of the bananas and apples it was plain awesome . Thank you for sharing this recipe sure thing will try the rest of your smoothies

  11. Jeanine
    March 6, 2018 at 4:54 pm (6 years ago)

    I really want a Vitamix do you think settling for a Ninja will be ok?
    I love this smoothie but my Oster blender isn’t the best for smoothies :/

  12. Bethy
    June 30, 2018 at 7:15 am (6 years ago)

    Can I use frozen pineapple and frozen mango or do those fruits need to be thawed or even fresh?


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