Mango fruit is sometimes called “the king of fruits” and there is reason for that. Mango fruit is unquestionably one of the most popular and nutritionally valuable fruits around. The Mango has a distinct flavor, smell, taste, and is ridiculously healthy. A good outline of the healthy qualities is available here.
For our use in smoothies, the mango is a low fat, delicious treat that can be easily combined with a wide variety of juices and yogurts to create a refreshing, healthy, and tasty treat.
In this tropical smoothy mango is mixed with other tropical goodies, coconut and pineapple. Together these three ingredients create a tropical smoothy that everyone in your family will certainly enjoy!
Let’s face it, it’s recipes like this one that give smoothies their great reputation for being both really tasty and really healthy at the same time.
Its also easy to turn this tropical smoothy treat into even more of a nutrition powerhouse just by adding a tablespoon of Chia seed. Chia is a natural seed that adds a large measure of nutrition including heart healthy, cholesterol fighting omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Even better, unlike Flax, Chia doesn’t have a noticeable taste of its own so adding it here won’t change the delicious tropical results.
In your favorite blender mix:
- 1 mango cut in chunks
- 1 can of pineapple chunks with the juice (Keep in the refrigerator to chill before using)
- 1 cup of low-fat coconut Greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp. Chia seed
Mix all the ingredients in your blender at once until smooth–and if you want to serve as a special treat you can add some shredded coconut as a garnishe.
If you are not watching your calories and want to “splurge” you can substitute the yogurt for a cup of coconut milk which is quite good, but it is also high in calories.