Lightly sweetened with honey and banana, this healthy mango smoothie is perfect for a quick breakfast or snack. It’s perfectly creamy and oh-so good!
Easy Fruit Smoothie Recipe
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 homemade smoothie recipes. It’s a cool and refreshing domination of the www. and perfect timing to add mine to the pack with my tropical mango banana 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.
What’s in This Mango Smoothie?
This truly is the best smoothie recipe. It’s fruity, tropical, and oh-so refreshing. Here’s what you’ll need to make this mango smoothie:
- Non-fat yogurt
- Greek yogurt
- Ice cubes
- Unsweetened coconut
- Vanilla extract
- 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.
How to Make a Mango Smoothie
This mango smoothie is super creamy, and unlike some smoothies it 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.
To make a mango smoothie, simply add all the ingredients into a blender and pulse until it’s reached your desired consistency. For a thicker smoothie, add more ice or frozen banana. For a thinner smoothie, add more milk.
And yes, they’re called smoothies for a reason. But I still crave a little chew in my taste. So I like to top my mango smoothie with a little extra coconut, some chunked up mango, and for another protein boost I sprinkle on whole-grain chia seeds.
Can I Use Regular Yogurt Instead of Greek?
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.
Tips for the Best Smoothie
When first figuring out how to make a fruit smoothie, the key to sweetening it up is using extra ripe fruit. They may not be as pretty, but those concentrated natural sugars lend a sweetness that can’t be compared.
You’re welcome to use fresh or frozen fruit in this homemade smoothie. If using frozen fruit, you may not need to use as much ice as the recipe calls for.
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.
More Easy Breakfast Recipes to Make
- Immune Booster Sweet Green Smoothie
- Gwenyth’s Blueberry Muffins
- Instant Pot Oatmeal
- Peach Pie Smoothie
- Acai, Pomegranate, and Raspberry Smoothie
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- 1 cup non-fat milk
- 1 cup greek yogurt , (plain, vanilla or honey will work)
- 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 extract
- 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.
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