Mango Banana Smoothie

As promised for one of my earlier posts from India, here is another smoothie recipe that incorporates mangoes in the mix. I used fresh mango for this one, but feel free to use frozen mangoes instead if that’s hat you have on hand. It will make the smoothie thicker and cooler – which is perfect for the hot summer months!

Mango Banana Smoothie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

3/4 cup almond milk – coconut milk blend (or almond/soy milk)

1/4 cup water (or additional milk for a thicker smoothie)

1/2 frozen banana

1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango chunks

1 tsp flax meal

1 Tbs vanilla rice protein powder* (optional. Can omit or use 1 Tbs almond or coconut butter)

4-5 ice cubes

Toppings:

1/4 cup blueberries

1 Tbs walnuts

Method:

1. Place all ingredients except walnuts and blueberries in a blender and blend until smooth. Use additional milk or water if smoothie is too thick

2. Top with blueberries and walnuts and enjoy!

*Note: I use protein powder in my smoothies to add some extra protein to my meals, but feel free to substitute with almond or coconut butter (which will make it decadently delicious!), or 1/4 cup Greek/regular yogurt.

I had this as part of my breakfast this morning, along with 1 egg + 2 egg whites in half a brown rice tortilla, and a teaspoon of nut butter (my breakfasts never feel complete to me without some sort of nut butter thrown in!). I was craving extra protein for some reason and so had the smoothie with the extra egg and egg whites. However, you could add 1/4 cup granola as a topping, along with 1 Tbs of nut butter and some additional fruit for a lighter breakfast, or have the smoothie with a slice of toast and 1 Tbs of nut butter.

You could also have the smoothie as a post-workout snack to refuel your muscles, with a summer salad or sandwich as part of lunch, or an afternoon pick-me up (instead of a huge coffee-laden drink). It’s delicious and nutritious whenever you decide to enjoy it – providing calcium from the milk, omega 3 fatty acids from the walnuts and flax seeds, and a plethora of vitamins and antioxidants from the mango, banana and blueberries.

Hope you try it!

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Posted on June 26, 2012, in Food. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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