Tropical Arugula Smoothie Recipe
Mango Banana Arugula Smoothie
How to Make a Green Smoothie with Arugula, Banana, Mango & Coconut Water
This tropical arugula smoothie is loaded with fun flavor and superfood nutrients! Naturally sweet, deliciously simple, with only 6 ingredients. I love this as a banana arugula smoothie, or swap banana for avocado to make this an ultra-green smoothie recipe! Learn how to make a green smoothie with arugula, banana, mango, coconut water, and coconut shreds.
Fruit and vegetable smoothies give us a great opportunity to sneak all kinds of different, nutritious foods into our diet that we might not eat otherwise. Spinach and kale are popular choices for green smoothie recipes—but they’re not the only options. This arugula green smoothie features a unique leafy green that most of us don’t eat as often!
Paired with banana, frozen mango, coconut water and shreds, plus a squeeze of lime juice, this arugula smoothie turns out deliciously sweet and tropical. No added sugars or sweeteners needed! Plus, it’s perfectly thick and creamy, thanks to the frozen fruit and coconut shreds. If you’re looking for a tasty change of pace, give this deliciously different green smoothie a try!
Can you put arugula in a smoothie?
Yes, arugula is a healthy, flavorful green that blends nicely into a fruit smoothie! Creamy banana, juicy mango, and the natural sweetness of coconut water all help to balance the refreshing, sharp, peppery taste of arugula. In my opinion, you really can’t even taste the arugula in this smoothie! But, you still get to sip up all of the nutritious benefits of the leafy green.
Mango Banana Arugula Smoothie Ingredients
- Coconut Water—Flavorful, hydrating, and with anti-inflammatory benefits, coconut water is a nutritious source of natural sweetness that pairs perfectly in this tropical arugula smoothie recipe. If you want to substitute, you could use regular water or the milk of your choice instead.
- Arugula—This refreshing green adds unique taste and nutrients into this smoothie! Of course, you’re welcome to swap it out for spinach or kale if desired.
- Banana—This is a go-to smoothie ingredient for natural sweetness and creaminess. Or, for a nutritional change of pace, swap out the banana for half of an avocado! You’ll have an ultra-green smoothie with even more healthy fats and dietary fiber.
- Lime—A bit of lime zest and juice helps to highlight all the sweet, tropical flavors in this banana arugula smoothie. If you don’t have lime, use lemon instead, or omit the citrus altogether.
- Frozen Mango—I love the juicy sweetness of mango, as well as its rich content of vitamin C and vitamin A! If desired, you could substitute with pineapple, peaches, papaya, cantaloupe, kiwi, or additional banana.
- Coconut Shreds—Rich in healthy fats and fiber, coconut shreds add natural sweetness and thickness to this green smoothie! You’re welcome to omit them, or substitute with 1-2 Tbsp of chia seeds or ground flax.
Is arugula as healthy as spinach in a smoothie?
Arugula is a great substitute for spinach in a smoothie, and the two are similar nutritionally. Both offer folate as well as vitamins K, A, and C—though spinach is notably higher in all of these. Arugula offers slightly more calcium and vitamin B5, which is involved in energy production and making blood cells. All in all, both spinach and arugula are highly nutritious greens, but arugula is much less common so it can add some healthy variety to our diets!
Tropical Arugula Smoothie Benefits
Again, arugula is a great source of vitamins K, A, C, and folate. This makes arugula a nourishing food to support bone health, the immune system, and the health of our cells and DNA. Also, arugula’s peppery flavor comes from phytochemicals called isothiocyanates—which have anti-inflammatory and even anti-cancer benefits!
In addition, by combining banana and mango, this green smoothie is loaded with dietary fiber for digestive health. And, it offers more than 100% of your daily recommended vitamin C. Plus, these fruits also offer a dose of vitamin A for healthy eyes, skin, and hair, as well as vitamin B6 for immune system and brain health.
Finally, the coconut water and shreds both add antioxidants and micronutrients to this banana arugula smoothie. In particular, the coconut shreds add 12g of healthy fats, most of which are MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides). MCTs are a unique type of fat that can be used immediately for energy, and the body is less likely to store it as fat. Making this green smoothie a perfect morning pick-me-up!
See how to make this banana arugula smoothie in my Green Veggie Smoothie Recipes video!
Tropical Arugula Smoothie
Mango & Arugula Smoothie:
- ½ cup coconut water
- 2 cups arugula
- ½ banana, (or ½ avocado)
- ½ lime, zest & juice
- 1 cup frozen mango
- ¼ cup coconut shreds
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve and enjoy!