‘Tis the season when everyone in the workplace is being stricken down with some horrible sniffly plague and you feel like a ticking time bomb, knowing it’s only a matter of time before it gets you too. Be the strong, healthy one! Don’t become one of the fallen with the aid of this Mango Smoothie recipe.
I know juices and smoothies and whatnot are all the rage these days, but this smoothie comes with no hoity-toity name referencing spirituality or any sort of emotion. This smoothie serves three purposes:
1. To give you an extra vitamin boost when you need it most.
2. To remind you of sunshine even when it’s gray and dreary outside.
3. To start your day with something delicious.
I mean, I guess number three really should be a given (with anything you consume), but have you ever been to one of those $9-a-pop juice bars? I swear people are just convincing themselves they love the taste of pureed beet (aka liquid dirt flavor) because if they didn’t like it the price they just paid would be straight highway robbery. Have you ever met anyone who honestly, TRULY liked the taste of wheatgrass?
I digress…all the flavor concerns aside, the fact that your extra vitamin boost can remind you of sunny days even during the weariest winter doldrums really is a bonus. Plus, I know I can’t be the only one with good intentions for my neglected box of Emergen-C in the pantry!
Will this smoothie definitely prevent you from getting sick? No. But it can’t hurt, and it sure beats trying to choke down a glass of mineral-tasting citrus water!
Mango Creamsicle Smoothie
(Makes one large smoothie)
• 1 cup frozen mango
• 1/2 cup fresh or frozen pineapple
• 1/2 cup coconut milk
• 1/3 cup orange juice
• 1 packet of your favorite flavor of Emergen-C (I like pink lemonade, orange, or citrus)
• 1 teaspoon maca powder* (optional)
*You can find powdered maca at health food stores, Whole Foods, or on Amazon.
1. Put the heavy ingredients – the fruit – in the blender first.
Tip: I prefer frozen mango – I enjoy a smoothie with more of an icy texture, and picking a good fresh mango can be a crapshoot – but you can also easily make this with fresh fruit too.
2. Next, pour in the liquids, the packet of Emergen-C, and the maca (if using.)
3. Blend on high until smooth. If you are having trouble getting it to blend smoothly, add a dash more liquid.
I think this mango smoothie tastes like a creamsicle with a tropical twist, and I love the natural energy boost a teaspoon of the superfood maca provides.
Readers – What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?
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Heather is a midwesterner living in Los Angeles and enjoys concocting weird flavor combinations and exploring delicious ethnic foods. She blogs at foodforfunandpleasure and knows her way around the spice cabinet like nobody’s business.