I don’t know about you, but it seems like now that summer is here I’m busier than ever. The nice weather seasons are so short in New England that I tend to cram my days full of, well, everything.
Not that I’m complaining. A lot of it is fun. There are cookouts, walking, hiking, working in the yard and on the house (okay, maybe that one’s not so much fun), and just sitting around outside soaking up the weather.
I have to admit I can be really bad about that last one. I guess I’m really not someone who sits around and soaks it all in. I’m trying to be better about that but it really isn’t in my nature.
When I’m busy like this, I look for a smoothie recipe that’s delicious and really easy to pull together. This mango strawberry green smoothie is just that – and it’s really good for you.
The mango and strawberry make for a sweet and creamy combination. Add some spinach and protein powder and you have a complete meal replacement smoothie.
Strawberries are packed with vitamin C. One serving contains more vitamin C than an orange. They have a unique combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients providing cardiovascular support and improved blood sugar regulation.
One cup of mango has 100 calories, 100% of your daily vitamin C recommendation and 35% of your vitamin A daily recommendation. One cup also contains 12% of your daily fiber recommendation.
Spinach has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits, and is loaded with vitamins and minerals. It is also a great source of fiber and protein – both help to make you feel fuller faster and longer.
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Mango Strawberry Green Smoothie
- 1/2 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cup mango chunks, fresh or frozen
- 1 cup spinach, packed
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or extract (optional, skip this if you are using vanilla protein powder)
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder (optional, the one I use can be found here)
- 1 cup water if using fresh fruit. Add more if using frozen fruit until you get the desired consistency.
- 3 to 4 ice cubes if using fresh fruit
For extra fiber add 1 – 3 tbsp ground flaxseeds. Learn how to use flaxseeds in smoothies here.
For extra fiber, protein and calcium add 1 tbsp chia seeds. Learn how to use chia seeds in smoothies here.
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
Want to know what I use to create these delicious smoothies? Visit my Resources page to learn more.
If you’d like to try other thickeners in smoothie check out my guide 23 thickeners to use in smoothies.
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