Green Mango Smoothie
Smoothies are certainly popular in a huge way today, but did you know that the smoothie, as we call it today,really dates back quite a long time ago? In fact, versions of the drink made from pureed fruit can be found in cuisines from various regions such as the Mediterranean, Middle East, and India. And they have been around for a long time.
Smoothies in the United States gained in popularity beginning around the 1920's when the Orange Julius became popular.
Through the years smoothies made their way into homes with the introduction of the home refrigerator and blender.
Today it seems that you can't go too far without seeing a smoothie shop of some sort, and there are hundreds and hundreds of smoothie recipe to choose from withe ingredients ranging from all kinds of fresh fruits to vegetables, yogurt, milk, peanut butter, or chocolate!
This green mango smoothie recipe incorporates one of my favorite smoothie ingredients, mangoes, with oranges, yogurt and lots of spinach for a tasty and nutritious smoothie. I love adding greens to my smoothies as they add tons of nutrients, but don't alter the flavor all that much in my opinion. My kids' diets include tons of spinach when we are eating lots of green smoothies!
To make your own green mango smoothie, first gather together the ingredients. You will need:
- 2 cups mango chunks (fresh or frozen)
- 1 small orange, peeled
- 1 small banana, peeled
- 1/2 cup lowfat vanilla yogurt
- 2 cups baby spinach leaves, washed
In the blender jar portion of a blender, add the peeled orange, the peeled banana, the mango, yogurt, and spinach. You can use fresh or frozen mango. I usually use frozen mango, and allow it to thaw a bit before trying to blend it. Using slightly frozen mango also makes for a colder and icier smoothie should it be a hot day!
Turn the blender on, and blend until the contents are completely blended together and smooth.
If you have a blender that needs a little push along, you may need to blend a portion of the smoothie, then remove the lid, unplug the blender, and use a spoon or spatula to stir the contents from the upper portion of the blender down to the bottom portion so that it too can be blended together. It is important to unplug the blender before putting any sort of utensil in it just to be safe.
Once all of the ingredients are completely blended, pour the smoothie evenly into two separate cups. Serve your green mango smoothie, and enjoy!
Per Serving Calories 219, Carbs 53 grams, Pro 3 grams, Dietary Fiber 7 grams