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.
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.
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:
- 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)
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth, about 3 minutes. Serve with chia seeds additional coconut and chopped mango if desired.
Looking for more smoothies around the www? Here’s a few that blew up my RSS feed this week.
Sweet Spinach and Mango Smoothie from Katie at the Kitchen Door
Honey and Wild Blueberry from Pinch of Yum
Orange Cranberry Smoothie from Crunchy Creamy Sweet
Spicy Mango Mandarin Smoothie from Oh My Veggies
Blueberry Kale Smoothie from Skinnytaste
The Best Green Smoothie from Family Fresh Cooking
Raspberry Papaya Smoothie from Love and Olive Oil
Purple Resolution Smoothie from The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Healthy Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie from Happy Food Healthy Life
Drink Your Greens Smoothie from Gourmande in the Kitchen
Brain Power Smoothie (Blueberry Avocado Smoothie) from Gimme Some Oven
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