Tropical Smoothies

Tropical smoothies are a fun, healthy way to get your child to eat fruit and yogurt or milk. They are easy to make and can range in calories from low to high. This means with tweak here and there these drinks can be an appropriate, healthy snack for the whole family.

You should obviously get the highest calorie ingredients available for your child who needs high calorie smoothies . Since the tropics often conjure up images of coconuts, why not use high calorie coconut milk? If coconut milk doesn't work for you, whole milk, whole milk yogurt, soy milk or almond milk are all good options as the liquid for a smoothie.

The recipes below all contain at least 250 calories in 8 ounces. To make them lower in calories swap out the whole milk for skim, heavy cream for fat free half and half, or coconut milk for coconut water.

Tropical Smoothie Recipes

Banana Rama

· 8 ounces whole milk

· 1 banana

· 1/2 ounce heavy cream

Pineapple Crush

· 8 ounces soy milk

· 1 ounce heavy cream

· 1 cup crushed pineapple

Mango Dream

· 1 mango

· 4 ounces Orange juice

· 4 ounces whole milk yogurt


· 1 cup coconut milk

· 1 banana

Mango Papaya Passion

· 1 mango

· 1/4 papaya

· 1/4 passsion fruit

· 1 cup whole milk

Pineapple Mango Surprise

· 1 cup crushed pineapple

· 1 mango

· 4 ounces coconut milk

· 4 ounces whole milk

Now have your child sit back, relax and pretend she is on the beach with her delicious high calorie drink! She'll love the game, and you will love that she's drinking something good for her. Smoothies are healthy, fun and easy to drink.

For your children or family members who do not need such high calorie options, try the lower calorie substitutions. Mix and match for more options, and get creative to make your own, then share it with us!

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