Mango Smoothie Plus 11 Favorite Smoothie Recipes

by heidi on January 12, 2014

This week the internet exploded. Not because of political scandals, the return of Downtown Abby or even because some guy raised a baby duck in his beard.

No, it’s because with the new year comes new resolutions for better health and a plethora of new smoothies recipes. It’s a cool and refreshing domination of the www. and perfect timing to add mine to the pack with my mango, banana and coconut tropical smoothie.

Mango Tropical Smoothie with chia seeds and Greek yogurt tastes more like a shake than a healthy drink

Back in the day when I would drag myself into the office after my morning torture weight training session with my trainer, I would somehow will my legs one. step. at. a. time. to the community kitchen, meagerly toss a handful of ice into the blender, peel a banana, add a dash of milk and pour in a packet of protein powder. In my post workout trance I’d refuel with a fantastic protein-powered shake that nourished my rebuilding-muscle tissue and keep me full and satisfied til lunch.

Since I don’t work in the office anymore, I can invest a little more time and effort into my smoothie cravings. Sometimes I get a even get a little exotic. Okay maybe more tropical than exotic. Ah hell, who cares. I’m going big, and going with exotic.

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About the recipe:

This mango smoothie is super creamy and unlike some smoothies, doesn’t break up as it comes to room temperature thanks to the creaminess of the banana base. I think it should be a rule that all smoothies include a banana. Creamy, potassium fortified. They’re a superfood for sure.

The key to sweetening up a smoothie is using extra ripe fruit. They may not be as pretty, but those concentrated natural sugars lend a sweetness that can’t be compared.

Yes, they’re called smoothies for a reason. But I still crave a little chew in my taste. So I like to top with a little extra coconut, some chunked up mango and for another protein boost I sprinkle on whole-grain chia seeds. What are chia seeds? They’re teeny tiny nuggets of complete protein and do double-duty since they contain all of the essential amino acids your body needs.

Chia seeds are completely optional in this smoothie, it’s your drink afterall, but if you haven’t tried them, you really ought to give them a try. They’re the perfect addition to this good-for-you smoothie blast.

If you don’t have Greek yogurt on hand, you can still use regular yogurt. It just won’t be as creamy or as protein packed. Greek yogurt makes this smoothie taste more like a shake than a healthy drink. Boom! Fooled the naysayers on that one.

To make this even more protein potent, add a scoop or two of vanilla protein powder. I like this brand  because it’s the light version and has the same amount of protein but less calories.

Are you a smoothie novice? Then check out these links for more smoothie making tips and tricks:

How to build a perfect smoothie.

How to prepare smoothies ahead of time.

6 tips for tasty green smoothies.

Mango Smoothie

Yield: makes about 4 cups

Mango Smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup non-fat milk
1 cup greek yogurt, plain, vanilla or honey
1 ½ cups ice cubes
1 banana (if frozen, leave out some of the ice)
1 mango, about 1 cup chopped
⅛ cup unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon honey
chia seeds (optional)

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, about 3 minutes. Serve with chia seeds additional coconut and chopped mango if desired.
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Looking for more smoothies around the www? Here’s a few that blew up my RSS feed this week.

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Sweet Spinach and Mango Smoothie from Katie at the Kitchen Door

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Honey and Wild Blueberry from Pinch of Yum

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Orange Cranberry Smoothie from Crunchy Creamy Sweet

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Spicy Mango Mandarin Smoothie from Oh My Veggies Blueberry-Kale-Smoothie

Blueberry Kale Smoothie from Skinnytaste

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The Best Green Smoothie from Family Fresh Cooking

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Raspberry Papaya Smoothie from Love and Olive Oil

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Purple Resolution Smoothie from The Pioneer Woman Cooks

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Healthy Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie from Happy Food Healthy Life

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Drink Your Greens Smoothie from Gourmande in the Kitchen

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Brain Power Smoothie (Blueberry Avocado Smoothie) from Gimme Some Oven

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Posted in: breakfast and brunch,drinks and cocktails,recipes,vegetables and fruits

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Kristi January 12, 2014 at 8:21 am

Nice list of smoothie recipes! I love finding new combos to try, because I seem to stick with same ones over and over again.

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Cecile January 12, 2014 at 8:32 am

You are soo right ! Some many people – including me, have resolved to eat better this year!! Thanks so much for posting these – pinning this !!

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Cookin Cnauck January 12, 2014 at 11:50 am

This post shows just how versatile smoothies can be. I love your tropical take…I’d even drink this for dessert!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm

I freaking love smoothies! This recipe is awesome!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks January 12, 2014 at 2:18 pm

What a gorgeous smoothie! I love mango smoothies and yours is stunning as are all the others! pinned

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Sarah | The Sugar Hit January 12, 2014 at 5:13 pm

Gosh, I think a blender just shot to the top of my ‘must buy now’ list.

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Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet January 12, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Loving this mango smoothie! It’s so fun to wake up to a sunny smoothie like this one!
Thank you for including my cranberry orange smoothie in your round up, Heidi!

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Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl January 13, 2014 at 4:35 pm

Can’t wait to try this smoothie and pretend like its summer again!

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Jessica @ Food Luv Bites January 14, 2014 at 11:06 am

I love this, all of these smoothies. I’m def bookmarking. I especially love the mango combination with banana.

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Paula – bell’alimento January 14, 2014 at 6:45 pm

Your mango smoothie sounds like a perfect way to start my day. Great list of smoothies!

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Holly Waterfall January 14, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Smoothies are so my thing. I would totally be okay with living off them. Thank you for sharing my PB Cup Smoothie!

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Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen January 15, 2014 at 3:25 am

What a beautiful smoothie!

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Ashley - Baker by Nature January 15, 2014 at 6:47 am

I think I need to just… MOVE in with you. Then we can drink smoothies and you can teach me how to make them look THIS gorgeous. Ok…?

P.S. I actually just made this for breakfast bc we had everything (except I used almond milk), and BOOM. It’s a hit over here. My man slurped it down in less time than it took it me to get back in the room with coffee. I’d say he liked it ;)

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Wanda January 16, 2014 at 6:42 pm

Hi! I know the banana is your base for the smoothie, but do you have any suggestions for a substitute? I am allergic to bananas. Thanks!

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heidi January 16, 2014 at 11:13 pm

I would add another mango and freeze them both and blend. You could also add a bit more greek yogurt, make sure it’s full fat for the creaminess. And if you’re feeling extra bold, an avocado would change the flavor but might be a really fun alternative.

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