What’s better than biting into a piece of sweet, luscious mango on a hot summer day? Drinking a tall, cold glass of healthy mango smoothie! It’s like a little serving of sunshine in a glass. Mangoes are the perfect summer fruit. To begin with, they make amazing drinks, whether you juice it up or go the smoothie way. Not only that, but you can also turn the fruit into popsicles, or incorporate them into fruit salads or a bowl of salsa. Whether you like them fresh or frozen, one thing’s for sure — mangoes brighten up any meal!
Mangoes are tropical stone fruits that are low in calories and high in fiber. They are rich in folate, beta-carotene, iron, vitamins A, B6, C, and E and also contain copper, niacin, and potassium. Known for their refreshing taste, mangoes are also rich in antioxidants. Enjoy the numerous health benefits of this fruit by making it part of your regular diet.
WHY WE LOVE MANGO SMOOTHIES
- Easy to make. This recipe comes together really quickly. Just throw everything into the blender and whip up this healthy mango smoothie in just minutes. So easy!
- Perfect for any time of the day. Grab a glass of healthy mango smoothie for a quick, healthy breakfast on-the-go. It makes a great snack to give you an energy boost during the day. For a light, refreshing dessert after dinner, sip on a chilled mango smoothie.
- You can have them throughout the year. Mangoes are considered summer fruits and are not always in season. However, you can always get frozen chunks at the grocery store, blend them up, and enjoy that tropical taste any time of the year.
- Naturally sweetened with no refined sugar. Most store-bought smoothies tend to have a lot of sugar, artificial flavors, and preservatives. This recipe is sweetened with mangoes and bananas. However, if you’d still like some extra sweetness, I’ve got a great tip further down on what you can use.
Here are the ingredients you'll need to make this healthy mango smoothie recipe:
- Fresh diced mangoes
- Frozen mango chunks
- Frozen banana slices
- Orange juice
- Plain yogurt
- Vanilla extract
- Sea salt
- Frozen mango chunks: Using frozen mango chunks means you don’t need ice to make the smoothie thick and cold.
- Bananas: A natural way to sweeten this healthy mango smoothie and also give it a creamy texture.
- Coconut yogurt: Not only does it lend a tropical taste to this mango smoothie, but it also adds to the creaminess of the drink. Feel free to use your favorite yogurt.
- Orange juice: The tartness of orange juice helps to balance out the sweetness of the mangoes and bananas.
- Vanilla extract: The richness of pure vanilla extract takes this recipe to the next level and makes the mango flavor come to life.
STEP 1: CUT THE MANGO
Use a sharp knife to slice off the stems of the mangoes. Alternatively, you can use your fingers to push them off.
Place a cleaned mango on a cutting board. While holding the fruit with one hand, slice through the flesh along one side of the pit and as close to it as possible. Repeat the same for the other side; you will have two large oval pieces of fruits (also called mango cheeks).
Repeat the process for the other mangoes.
Hold one cheek steady on the cutting board and make long slits lengthwise to create multiple parallel lines. Next, turn the cheek and cut similar slits perpendicular to the other lines to make a grid pattern. Make sure not to break through the mango skin.
Hold the scored mango cheek with two hands. Next, place your thumbs on the flesh side of each end and use your middle and index fingers to push and invert the skin and pop out the flesh. The popped-out mango cubes should remind you of a hedgehog.
Use a knife to remove the cubes or pick off the pieces with your hands and place them in a bowl.
Repeat the process for the other mango cheeks.
Place the pit flat on the board and trim off the mango skin. Next, cut away all the flesh around the edge of and on the pit. Add the pieces to the bowl.
STEP 2: BLEND AND SERVE
Place the ingredients into the container of a high-powered blender.
Start blending on a low speed and increase to high. Use the tamper to push the frozen ingredients onto the blades.
Blend on high speed for 30 to 60 seconds or until the ingredients are blended and the mixture is smooth and thick.
- How to store the smoothie. Usually, you won’t get any smoothie leftovers but if you have some, you can store them overnight in the refrigerator in a mason jar with a lid. Alternatively, you can keep this healthy mango smoothie in the freezer for up to 2 months.
- Make it more filling. Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder to make this healthy mango smoothie a truly satisfying and filling drink.
- How to pick ripe mangoes. Gently squeeze the mango to make sure it is slightly soft to the touch. It should almost feel like you’re pressing into the skin on the palm of your hand - firm but with a little bit of give to it. Make sure it is not too mushy because it could be bad inside. Mangoes that are too firm tend to be not as sweet.
- Add some toppings. Mango smoothies are pretty versatile and go with most toppings. You can use berries, ice cream, pumpkin seeds, white chocolate shavings, or even toasted coconut.
- Use healthy sweeteners. I use bananas to sweeten this recipe (plus mangoes are sweet fruits, too). However, if you need some extra sweetness, you can use jaggery, maple syrup, or coconut sugar.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What fruit mixes well with mango?
When it comes to fruits that pair well with mangoes, there are many options that you can try: papayas, melons, kumquats, apples, blueberries, lemons and limes, and of course, bananas. Feel free to experiment and figure out which combinations you like.
Why is a mango smoothie good for you?
Smoothies are as healthy as the ingredients used to make them. This particular mango smoothie is good for you because it is naturally sweetened, uses a coconut yogurt brand that is filled with living probiotics (they’re good for your gut), and is low in calories while high in fiber. Additionally, you get a ton of nutrients from the mangoes, banana, and orange juice.
Do you cut the skin off mango?
The skin of a mango is edible. However, many people peel it off because it tends to be tough and bitter. Though it doesn’t taste as sweet as the flesh, mango skin provides fiber and other nutrients.
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