healthy smoothies

Mango Smoothie Recipe

Last night I tried this delicious, refreshing combo:  MANGO + COCONUT WATER + LIMES

 Ingredients (Serves 1):

  • 1 ripe mango (skin removed & chopped into pieces) I especially love champagne mangoes
  • 11 oz coconut water
  • juice of 2 limes

How to:

  1. Combine ingredients in the blender
  2. Blend for a minute (or until all mango is liquified)
  3. Enjoy!

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HEALTH BENEFITS:

Mango – high in vitamins A & C. Also a great source of potassium and fiber.

Coconut Water aka Nature’s Gatorade – naturally high in 5 essential electrolytes (sodium, magnesium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus)

Limes – high vitamin C content

Simple Strawberry Smoothie

A friend and I were recently venting to each other how we just can’t seem to find a flavored yogurt with a more reasonable amount of sugar – almost all of the brands have 20-something grams of sugar or more per 6-8 oz serving. That is a lot of sugar for such a small amount of food. Of course, some of the sugar (about 11 grams) is naturally occurring and plain yogurt will have about that much, but we’re talking about another 10-20 grams per serving! (Yogurts with artificial sweeteners were not even considered in the convo since they’re definitely not on the healthy list.)

Our talk inspired me to make a yogurt smoothie with just the right amount of natural sweetness last night.

Ingredients (Serves 2):

  • 16 oz plain whole milk organic yogurt
  • 4-5 large ripe strawberries
  • 1 tbsp of honey (or less if you like)

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender
  2. Mix for about 30 seconds
  3. Enjoy!

This smoothie turned out tasting SO similar to strawberry ice cream. It was really delicious, but it was also light and refreshing (unlike ice cream). Simple yet really satisfying. I thought it was worth mentioning. Unfortunately, I totally forgot to take a picture of the finished product – I was too busy guzzling it down :)