Tropical Smoothie Recipe

Here is a refreshing tropical smoothie recipe that will have you dreaming about relaxing on a beach in Mexico under a palm tree.

It's a blend of juicy mandarin oranges, pineapple, and banana. Perfect for that summer day when you need a pick-me-up snack, or a quick breakfast.

This drink is delicious but let me tell you what makes it so healthy. It's the kefir. What? You've never heard of Kefir?

It's similar to yogurt in that it contains beneficial bacteria, but kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract with the good bacteria which yogurt cannot do. It also contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes.

If you want to know more about kefir, you can check it out here.

Tweaking Your Smoothie

This recipe can be adjusted to satisfy your taste.

For example, if you like a thin type smoothie make the recipe as is. If you would like to thicken it up a bit, freeze the banana (without the peel) before using and add a bit more ice. You could also add a second banana.

How sweet do you like your smoothies? I try to cut down on sugar so I make mine with unsweetened yogurt or kefir and let the fruit provide the sugar. But if this recipe is not sweet enough for you here is what you can do. Try adding a tsp. or more of honey, or use vanilla or other flavored yogurt or kefir.

Tropical Smoothie Recipe


  • 1/2 cup canned mandarin orange segments, drained
  • 1 banana
  • 1/3 cup canned or fresh pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup plain or sweetened yogurt or kefir
  • 5 ice cubes


Add all the ingredients to a blender and mix on high until smooth. Pour into a 12 oz glass and garnish with a pineapple spear and a drink umbrella. Serves 1.

Try this menu at your next pool party. Whip up the tropical smoothie recipe, 7 layer dip, salsa, chips and guacamole for appetizers.

Then captivate your guests with Chile Verde, flour tortillas, rice and beans for your meal.

If they've got any room left, serve my light and refreshing Almendrado for dessert. What a feast! 

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Made your apple pie recipe yesterday. Absolutely the best!! And no gap! Your spice mixture was just right.

I have the apple/corer/peeler and it made perfect slices in no time. Thank you so much for your wonderful step by step instructions and for the video. Much appreciated. Lucky me! :)

-B.A. from 

Hi! I just wanted to say that your tortilla recipe/video is pretty much the greatest thing ever! I'm a college student, so it's a really great/cheap thing to make. They're especially good with butter, honey, and brown sugar.

I just have to make sure my family doesn't find out I stopped using the family tortilla recipe! Ha! Thanks again!

-C.M. from 
Queens, New York

I just have to write to you and admit something! I'm preparing your spanish rice recipe at the moment AND....I want to thank you!

I had actually given up on making Spanish rice! No one, or no recipe, until YOURS, ever said to actually BROWN the rice so much.! I think thats the taste difference!

Thank YOU so much.  I followed your recipe exactly,..and it is absolutely wonderful!

-Martha MacDonald from 
Karlovac Croatia

Just to let you know that I found your website and love it. We have very limited Mexican produce in Australia and I am enjoying making your recipes.

I have made your enchilada sauce a few times now.  We all love it and have managed to find pinto beans at our central markets. Good Job. Well done.

-Wendy Sachse from 
Adelaide Australia

Rockin' Robin, you truly rock! I live in china right now, far, far away from my beloved Mexican food. Finding ingredients is hard enough, learning how to make everything from scratch no longer is with your recipes.

Though I've only tried your tortilla recipe, I will certainly be coming back to your site to make retried beans and Spanish rice!

My tortillas were awesome, best yet, thanks for giving us a night of Mexican food all the way over here in China!

-Erin from Santa Barbara, California

THANK YOU, THANK YOU!! I stumbled upon your website today as I searched the web for flour tortilla recipes. I made these just after viewing your video, and five of us devoured them.

SO DELICIOUS. And easy to make! I am most grateful to you for this simple, tasty recipe. Your video was a useful tutorial.

I've not attempted to make tortillas prior to making yours, though we often eat tortillas. We're vegetarians, so I was looking for a recipe which used canola oil instead of lard. You delivered. Merci.

-Frances Bolte

WOW! What a great website. Love how you show what to do and how it is supposed to look. Definitely in my favorites folder.

-Terri M from Florida Keys
Where good Mexican food is hard to find.

Just made your enchilada sauce recipe and that's what I've been looking for. I like the fact it has a little heat but not too much so my kids will eat it. Thank you for posting the recipe. i am turning leftover turkey into turkey enchiladas tonight but the star is really the sauce. Thanks again.

-Tony Starks, California