Immune Boosting Tropical Orange Smoothie Recipe

You’ll love this rich and creamy Tropical Orange Smoothie with immune boosting ingredients. It’s easy to make and so nourishing & delicious any time of the year!

{Sub} Tropical Smoothie//The Spicy RD

What kind of person sips a frosty tropical orange smoothie in front of a blazing fire, wearing fuzzy socks, in the middle of one of the coldest winters ever??

Hello There! Me!!!

Warm fuzzy socks

I’m pretty sure by now, you guys think I’m crazy with all this talk of cold weather.

And, I really don’t blame you, because we Southern Californians’ are big babies when it comes to the weather.

Just see what Jimmy Kimmell has to say about the weather in this funny You Tube video…

Los Angeles Overreacts to Cold Temperatures

So naturally, what do I do to deal with the cold?

I make a freezing cold immune boosting tropical orange smoothie, and enjoy it in front of a roaring fire while I dream of warmer weather…

{Sub} Tropical Smoothie

What ingredients do you need for this Immune Boosting Tropical Orange Smoothie?

  • An orange. Naturally. I use my favorite Cara Cara oranges in the winter, but if you’re saner than me, and making this orange smoothie in the summer, try Valencia oranges-they’re super sweet and juicy!
  • Other fruit. I had a bag of frozen tropical fruit (banana, mango, strawberry, pineapple) in my freezer (hence the name), but you can add in any variety of frozen or fresh fruit.
  • Liquid. I used coconut milk which makes this tropical orange smoothie super rich and creamy,. But, you can use any milk or plant based milk you like.
  • Spices. Turmeric and ginger taste delicious in this smoothie, and add an extra immune boosting effect.
  • Protein powder. This is totally optional, but feel free to add you favorite protein powder if you’re making this tropical orange smoothie for a meal.
{Sub} Tropical Smoothie //The Spicy RD

Not only is my {sub} tropical smoothie easy to whip up, it also provides ~ 1/3 of your recommended daily fiber intake, and it’s rich in Vitamin C.  While there’s no evidence taking Vitamin C will help prevent colds, or taking it at the start of a cold, will lessen the symptoms, there is some evidence Vitamin C may have a modest effect on shortening the duration of a cold {~ by 1 day} when consumed year round.

And, immune boosting or not, this Tropical Orange Smoothie just tastes great! Here’s the recipe…

{Sub} Tropical Smoothie//The Spicy RD

{Sub} Tropical Smoothie

A delicious combination of fresh and frozen fruit, coconut milk, and anti-inflammatory spices, pair together deliciously in this sub-tropical smoothie!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 1 large {meal} serving or 2 small servings


  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup frozen tropical blend fruit {bananas, mango, strawberries, and pineapple}
  • 1 whole cara cara {or other} orange, skin & seeds removed, and cut in to chunks
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • optional, 1-2 scoops protein powder {whey, egg white, rice, hemp, etc}
  • ice


  • Combine all ingredients in a powerful blender, such as a Vitamix. Add ice as desired to achieve your desired level of frostiness and blend until all ingredients are well combined. Enjoy!


Ingredient Swaps
  • I love this with Cara Cara oranges in the winter, but if you’re saner than me, and making this orange smoothie in the summer, try Valencia oranges-they’re super sweet and juicy!
  • Swap the frozen tropical fruit blend with any variety of frozen or fresh fruit.
  • Swap the coconut milk with any milk or plant based milk you like.
  • Protein powder is optional. You can make this with Noosh almond protein (one of my favorites), whey protein, egg white protein, or any other favorite protein powder.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 449kcal | Carbohydrates: 59g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 916mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 2080IU | Vitamin C: 142.6mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 4.6mg
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Breakfast, Smoothie
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword vegan smoothie
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What brightens you up on a cold winter’s day?  Would you prefer this tropical orange smoothie in the summer or winter?  Planning a trips to a tropical spot anytime soon?  Please, pretty pretty please, take me with you!!!

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  1. I love the comments about the cold weather, I’m stranded in Wisconsin and we’ve been below zero for I couldn’t tell you for how long now. It’s getting really sickening, Not able to get out and get active I’m 5′ 8″ and the snow in the yard comes up to my shoulders. Lots of drifting. OK I’m going to quit complaining I can’t wait to try your smoothie recipes, I’m new to your site here.

    1. Welcome Carolyn and so glad to have you here! I hope you get a break from the cold weather soon!

  2. Those jars are adorable! I’m one of those crazy people who loves iced drinks no matter what the temperature. Here in Seattle it’s frosty cold, and I’m still sipping my iced coffee, but I’d rather have your tropical smoothie and be dreaming of sunnier weather. πŸ™‚

    1. Sending some sunshine your way Kristi πŸ™‚ Funny, I love frosty smoothies year round too, but am much more of a hot coffee lover, than iced coffee. Hope it warms up a little for you soon!

  3. I love this – AND your fancy barware. The adult sippy cup :-). Seriously, I’ve got some coconut milk I need to use, and fruit, etc. All I need is the pineapple juice. As I sit looking out at the snow in Tahoe, it feels like the perfect drink to sip by the fireplace!

    1. Thanks so much Susan, and glad you like my barware too :-). Tahoe sounds wonderful right now! Are you skiing???

  4. So funny – I would love it where you live! Supposed to be high of 20’s next week here in CT! Love your tropical smoothie.

    1. I’m such a whiner, aren’t I Jeanette? πŸ™‚ And, now I have no reason at all to complain, since out cold front turned in to a heat wave and we’ve been enjoying days in the 70’s! Sending some warmer weather your way πŸ™‚

  5. It snowed overnight here. This causes such a panic that schools close, all the network TV shows were preempted for news about the snow–oh, it’s crazy. People in warm climates sure do have a tendency to freak out about cold weather, huh? I love this recipe and I am coveting your fireplace too!

    1. Glad you like the fireplace Kirsten :-). Even though its finally warming up here, I’m enjoying Saturday morning with my coffee in front of the fire! When I lived in Dallas, it was almost like the world was coming to an end when we had snow. I can’t imagine how crazy it would be if it snowed in Del Mar!

  6. Great recipe, EA! The mason jars are a great touch! πŸ™‚

    – Alicia
    National Foundation for Celiac Awareness

    1. Thanks so much Alicia! Love the jars too πŸ™‚

  7. Ahhh, must make this immediately for our next fireplace fire. I just got a big bag of Cara Caras at Trader Joes today. Will absolutely be making this over the weekend!

    1. Lucky you to have a big bag of cara cara’s. We had some tonight with dinner-love ’em! Hope you enjoy this as much as I do by the fire πŸ™‚

  8. Oh I don’t blame you for freaking out about the cold! Here in Ohio we had 2 winters that weren’t very cold, and now this year it’s finally COLD and people are freaking out! It’s hilarious. And, I’m with you on the cold foods during cold weather, Nick and I still eat our ice cream on cold winter nights πŸ™‚ And, I LOVE cara cara oranges!

    1. Thanks so much about not giving me a hard time about the cold Gina! You know what’s really good? Vanilla Ice Cream topped with Cara Cara Oranges πŸ™‚