Technically, there are only four hues in this rainbow smoothie, but it does contain six different fruits, plus some sneaky greens. (So you are eating a rainbow of nutritious produce!) Not to mention, we couldn’t think of a better name. It was created to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and National Nutrition Month (March), and is a refreshing smoothie to enjoy through the spring and summer. Plus, it’s a fun way to pack in loads of fruits and vegetables without need for dairy, gluten, soy, nuts, or any alternatives.
Rainbow Smoothie with Six Healthy Fruits and No Top Allergens
This pretty rainbow smoothie recipe was shared with us by Dole, and their nutrition and health communications manager, Melanie Marcus, RD, MA. It’s layered with antioxidants and other healthy nutrients, but is also pretty darn tasty.
Not a Fan of Coconut Water? You can substitute your favorite dairy-free milk beverage for a creamier finish, or simply use water, if that’s your drink of choice.
Looking for Lower Sugar? The higher sugars is primarily due to the fruit itself, but if you are looking to cut all added sugars, I would cut the honey, but add a drop or two of stevia to each layer. Stevia used in tiny amounts doesn’t overpower, but it does add a big boost to the natural flavor of fruit – trust me! You can also substitute the coconut water with unsweetened, zero sugar milk beverage to nudge the sugars down a little more.
Special Diet Notes: Rainbow Smoothie
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, plant-based, optionally vegan, vegetarian, and paleo-friendly.
- 2 cups coconut water, divided (see instructions for amounts)
- 2 tablespoons honey (see instructions for amounts; can sub agave nectar for strictly vegan)
- ¾ cup frozen blueberries
- ½ cup frozen blackberries
- 1 frozen banana, broken into chunks
- 1 cup loosely packed baby spinach
- 1¼ cups frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen chopped mango
- 1 mandarin orange, peeled
- Add the blueberries, blackberries, ⅔ cup coconut water, and ½ tablespoon honey to your blender and puree until smooth. Divided the mixture between 4 (12-ounce) glasses. Rinse the blender jar.
- Add the banana, spinach, ⅓ cup coconut water, and ½ tablespoon honey to your blender and puree until smooth. Pour the spinach-banana mixture over the berry mixture in each glass.
- Add the strawberries, ⅔ cup coconut water, and ½ tablespoon honey to your blender and puree until smooth. Pour the strawberry mixture over the banana mixture in each glass.
- Add the orange, mango, remaining ⅓ cup coconut water, and remaining ½ tablespoon honey to your blender and puree until smooth. Pour the orange mixture over the strawberry mixture in each glass.