Tropical Layered Smoothie

Tropical Layered Smoothie by Vegan À La Mode (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

I’m finally back to posting new content! I had to take a brief hiatus from blogging to focus on finals but I am happy to say I am done with the semester and have received my degree in Fashion Merchandising. It feels so good to be able to get back to blogging and I can’t wait to start sharing more recipes and cruelty-free fashion posts!

With my new found free time, I’ve been trying out new recipes and switching up my eating routines. My boyfriend and I used to have oatmeal every morning for breakfast when we were in school but now that I have more time, I can switch up our breakfast. We have swapped the oatmeal out with refreshing smoothies just in time for summer. Lately, it just seems to warm for oatmeal and we wake up cool and creamy smoothies. Today was one of those mornings so I decided to blend up tropical inspired layered smoothies. This one is naturally sweet but also loaded with nutrients!

The top layer is vibrantly colored with spirulina powder which provides an energy boost due to it’s high vitamin B12 and protein content. I also blended in some romaine has a neutral flavor and adds in fiber, iron, plus vitamins A, C, and K. If you have spinach on hand (I didn’t) I imagine that would also pair well with this smoothie. I always try to keep my smoothies loaded with greens to balance out the sweetness of the fruits and to keep me full all morning long. Drink this first thing in the morning for a sweet start to your day or cool down with it poolside this summer :)

Tropical Layered Smoothie (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

Serves 2


8 oz coconut water (or filtered water)

1 cup romaine lettuce

1 1/2 large ripe bananas

1 1/2 cups frozen mango

1/4 cup frozen pineapple

1/2″ chopped ginger

1 tablespoon tahini

1 tablespoon lucuma powder (optional)

1 teaspoon spirulina powder

4-5 ice cubes


1. Pour in the coconut water to your blender and add in the romaine and blend.

2. Once the romaine is blended, add in all the other ingredients except for the spirulina. Blend until thick and creamy.

3. Pour half of the smoothie into two glasses, leaving room for the next layer.

4. Add in the spirulina powder into the remaining smoothie mixture and blend until well

combined. Pour into the glasses. Top with chia seeds and chopped banana if desired.

Note: Lucuma powder comes from dried lucuma fruit which is low glycemic and full of vitamins and minerals. I find the flavor blends well with tropical fruits such as mangoes and bananas. I use Navitas Naturals brand and highly reccomend it!

Hope you all enjoy this smoothie! Let me know in the comments what your favorite summer smoothie is! I’m always looking for new ideas of what to blend next! 

Tropical Layered Smoothie by Vegan À La Mode (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

Tropical Layered Smoothie by Vegan À La Mode (Vegan and Gluten-Free)

7 Comments on Tropical Layered Smoothie

  1. Shannon
    May 30, 2014 at 12:16 pm (4 years ago)

    Congratulations on receiving your degree! This smoothie sounds delicious and refreshing – especially love the ginger and tahini. I have yet to try romaine in smoothies but I keep hearing good things.

    • Karissa Bowers
      May 30, 2014 at 12:18 pm (4 years ago)

      Thanks Shannon :) I only recently was inspired to put romaine in my smoothie after I saw Nutrition Stripped post about the health benefits! It’s now my go to green when I’m out of spinach! Let me know if you try it!

  2. Tashiana
    June 1, 2014 at 5:25 am (4 years ago)

    Congrats on finishing your semester! I totally know the feeling! I was done 2 weeks ago (time flies!) and I feel like I have been born again haha! The photos are here are so good too! Even oatmeal can get old if you have it too often. That smoothie looks so yummy :) xo

    • Karissa Bowers
      June 3, 2014 at 1:53 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you Tashiana! Congrats to you too :) It’s so amazing to have time to blog again huh? Hope you’re enjoying your summer!

  3. Angel
    June 17, 2014 at 3:46 am (4 years ago)

    This smoothie looks great, but my favorite is Miranda Kerr’s power smoothie!

  4. Eleni
    August 8, 2014 at 7:59 pm (4 years ago)

    You are quite the gorgeous little thing xx Adore your blog!

    • Karissa Bowers
      August 8, 2014 at 8:53 pm (4 years ago)

      Thank you Eleni!! As you know I LOVE your blog so thanks for checking out mine :)


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