Deep Green Colada

Created by Laura Wright
5 from 1 vote

A delicious, refreshing, and healthy deep green colada with pineapple, coconut milk, and spirulina. Vegan and naurally sweetened.

An overhead shot of a deep green colada smoothie shot in harsh bright light on a white marble background. The smoothie is aqua-green. Banana, chunks of pineapple and shredded coconut are all styled alongside the smoothie.

I thought I’d ease back into the blogging groove with a little happy hour post and this deep green colada. Hawaii was great! Aside from the slight suspicion that I may have developed an avocado allergy, it was the most relaxing 10 days I’ve had in a while. I posted some photos on Instagram if you want to check them out. I’m going to try just a small bit of avocado soon to see if it was just some weird, away-from-home reaction.

The week leading up to our trip was pretty busy, as those weeks tend to be for pretty much anyone. In the midst of it, I was explaining to Mark that I had to make a bunch of posts to go up while we were away and he was like “Why don’t you just take a real break?” So that’s what I did. It felt so good to just pack my stuff and GO, ya know?

I didn’t come back with too many souvenirs (a groovy chakra mist, a necklace, tote bag, macadamia nuts obviously), but I did get some Hawaiian spirulina to take home. Spirulina is something I try to take somewhat regularly because of the iron, Vitamin A, chlorophyll, and highly digestible protein. Plus it makes smoothies a pretty blue-green, like this coconut pineapple one. Onto the links, happy weekend etc!

For when I inevitably get tired of my classic white IKEA kitchen cabinet fronts.

Coffee cups are an environmental problem child. Imagine if Starbucks made a switch to something like this. Massive impact.

Our dog can be incredibly shy sometimes. Lots of great tips here for helping the more skittish pups gain some confidence.

I love John Hodgman, and I can’t believe that I’ve happened upon this series only recently.

In memory of a very sweet, cemetery-dwelling cat. I feel like I know this in my heart of hearts, but it still amazes me how emotionally tapped-in animals are.

Surprise! Complaining is detrimental to your health.

This long distance friendship between a man and a penguin is so sweet.

Is it a muffin or a chihuahua? Heh.

Soothing broths are one of my favourite comforts, right up until those first warm days hit, and this one sounds incredible.

On healing thoughts and mind-body medicine.

Highly sensitive people out there? Next-level empathy, overstimulation, and lacking a “natural shield.” I was nodding along the whole time I read this.

It’s brave to work towards the de-stigmatization of mental illness, but this seems especially so in the hospitality industry. It’s an environment that generally addresses all struggles/incidents with a “get on with it” mentality, if anything. I always loved watching Chris Cosentino on Top Chef Masters, and this just brings my adoration up even more.

Animal reunions always make me smile/tear up, but this one with a mama and her pups really made my day.

Deep Green Colada

A delicious, refreshing, and healthy deep green colada with pineapple, coconut milk, and spirulina. Vegan and naurally sweetened.
5 from 1 vote
super healthy green colada - The First Mess
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1 cup light coconut milk from a can
  • ½ ripe banana, preferably frozen
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1½-1 teaspoon spirulina powder
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt



  • You could use chlorophyll, powdered wheatgrass, or any greens powder blend that you like in place of the spirulina.
  • I’ve made this with light coconut milk, but you could also substitute a half and half mixture of full fat coconut milk and filtered water for the same texture/flavour.


  • In an upright blender, combine the light coconut milk, banana, pineapple, spirulina, vanilla, and sea salt. Blend for a full minute or until completely smooth.
12/03/2016 (Last Updated: 12/03/2016)
Posted in: beverage, breakfast, coconut milk, creamy, gluten free, grain-free, nut free, oil free, quick, raw, refined sugar-free, spring, summer, sweet, vegan


Recipe Rating

  • Your blog is amazing! <3 super interesting recipes, beautiful pictures, lots of healthy food and the most delicious smoothies!

    Keep going! :)

  • I love John Hodgman too! If you like that column, you should check out the Maximum Fun podcast, Judge John Hodgman . It is so funny.

  • This sounds so yummy! I’ve been looking for new smoothies to try and this one sounds perfect.

  • Oh no, I hope you aren’t allergic to avocados!! I would very much like a Hawaiian getaway asap… on another note, that muffin or chihuahua photo never fails to make me chuckle!

  • I followed your Hawaii pics on IG and am now feeling the need for a warm and sunny vacay! Welcome home! But seriously, that muffin chihuahua post – sooo funny! And that article on complaining – spot on!

  • That shadow and light in this photo, Laura, belissimo! and Hawaii looks like a dream! We have ibiza closer by over here, but one day…` Really loved the links, especially the sweet cemetary cat story..

  • This looks really great :) xx Sofie

  • Yum, this looks really good:)

  • Welcome homeee! :) I always feel a mixture of relief and sadness when I get back from a super fun trip. I am loving those links and the colour of this smoothie, and still can’t get over the muffin/ chihuahua thing!

  • Spirulina is life!!! (According to me.) I’m in love with all things about it, as you know. And this green colada sounds absolutely amazing. Can’t wait to make. And I was LIVING for your Oahu pics. So glad it was deeply nourishing. Hawai’i holds magic like that. Now just praying for a fluke with the avo sitch. xo

  • Welcome back Laura!! I was following your trip to Hawaii on IG and it looked absolutely wonderful. It must be nice to be back home though. <3 Hope you have a lovely weekend!!

  • I’m so glad that you took a “real break” – it’s good for the soul. Those of us who love you and your work will only celebrate that and not judge you for it.

  • thank you for posting the link to the HSP article… it makes me hopeful there will be more of an understanding for those of us who are highly sensitive people.

  • Welcome home girl! I loved following along on Instagram. Those coastal shots made my day. And the acai bowls (dang!) so good. Love these links here too <3. Way to go taking some time off, I can't wait to soon, it's so needed and good for you! Hope you two have a sweet weekend – xo

  • I can sympathize with the avocado allergy, I developed one a few years ago and I’m also allergic to bananas, apparently they share a protein that some people can’t digest. Keep an eye out for symptoms when you eat bananas, too!

  • Great recipe and links! Haha, the muffin/chihuahua is still cracking me up!