Health Nut Smoothie— a copy-cat Tropical Smoothie Cafe recipe

Health Nut Smoothie— a copy-cat Tropical Smoothie Cafe recipe

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As a teenager I worked at Tropical Smoothie Cafe, and the Health Nut (previously known as the Healthy Man) Smoothie became one of my favorites. This copy cat recipe is actually much better because it doesn’t have sugar added to it like the one at TSC.

It’s a great meal replacement smoothie packed with protein, antioxidants and fiber.

If you aren’t a fan of protein powder, I would encourage you to keep trying it. I can tell you from experience that it is a bit of an acquired taste. Also try different brands and bases. Plant-based pea, rice and hemp proteins are very popular right now. Soy is not recommended, especially for women and whey is a problem for people with dairy aversions.

I’ve been enjoying this Orgain chia protein, which is a great buy at Sam’s Club.

P.S. I recently bought a new blender and I am IN LOVE. I researched for weeks and waited months before buying a blender. I didn’t want a Ninja because I have not had good experience with their customer service or product guarantee and I have heard similar feedback from other Ninja owners. I wanted a powerful blender that had the potential of a Vitamix without the price tag.

I kept looking for an appliance that would satisfy multiple needs. I wanted a blender that could also do all the things a food processor could do. Oh yeah, and I wanted it to have smaller smoothie cup blender jars so I could have the option of dirtying a less bulky container. I also wanted it to be mostly dishwasher safe. Sounds like an impossible request right? I thought so too, until I discovered the Oster BLSTVB-103-000 Versa 1100-watt Professional Performance Blender with Two 20-Ounce Blend’N Go Cups. Seriously. All my dreams come true. If I had to find one thing to complain about, it would be that this sucker is loud. But boy does it do a fine job of blending. The shredder and slicing attachments are amazing, along with the food processor bowl! If you’ve been looking for the perfect blender/food processor that won’t leave your wallet crying for months, this is it!

Health Nut Smoothie (a Tropical Smoothie Cafe copy-cat recipe)

Health Nut Smoothie (a Tropical Smoothie Cafe copy-cat recipe)


  • 1 (2 ounce) scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 frozen* banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen* blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen* mango cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons fine almond meal/flour
  • 1/2 cup whole milk or almond milk
  • 1/2 cup water


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
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You may also enjoy my super easy one bowl banana breakfast cookies (they’re vegan and gluten-free)!

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