Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

I am typically not the biggest fan of pineapples. To me, like bananas, the flavor of pineapple overpowers everything else you put with it. So when I set out to make a tropical smoothie, I wanted to use pineapple sparingly, in order to bring out the mango and kiwi flavors, and I think this ratio was a success, at least I drank the entire thing! Smoothies are also a great way to use the core of the pineapple, that is often discarded.  The core of the pineapple contains the substance Bromelin, which may help reduce inflammation.

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

And now this… personally, I prefer to put whole foods in my smoothie and skip the extra like protein powder and collagen etc. I know everyone has a different view on this but everything I have learned in school and from what I understand of evidence based science, you can get all the nutrients you need from whole foods, so I prefer to stick with that. And as a side note. who else is absolutely loving Last Week Tonight this season? Why is it only on once a week!

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie
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Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

transport yourself to a tropical island

Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup pineapple chunks fresh or frozen
  • 3/4 cup frozen mango
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 2 kiwis skin removed

optional

  • pineapple, mango, and kiwi to garnish

Instructions

  1. Cut the fresh pineapple. If you want to use the skin to hold the smoothie, carefully cut the pineapple out of the center. (I have no advice on how to do this...I just cut small pieced out). 

  2. In a food processor or a blender, add the pineapple chunks, mango, spinach and kiwi. 

  3. Pulse until smooth. 

  4. Pour into the hollowed out pineapple, bowl, or glass. 

  5. Optional: Top with extra fruit. 

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

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Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Pineapple Mango Green Smoothie

Green Mango Smoothie

Green Mango Smoothie

Green smoothies these days! They make even a nutrition focused veggie lover scratch her head. Cauliflower? Zucchini? Cabbage? I guess I just don’t understand! I don’t want to yuck other’s yum’s but for now I prefer my cauliflower roasted and my zucchini in noddle form!

Green Mango Smoothie

However, green smoothies in general, those that include a cup of leafy greens, like spinach or kale  and lots of fruit, in my opinion are a great way to add some extra veggies to your breakfast or a snack. Adding just 1 cup of spinach, like I did in the Green Mango Smoothie, doesn’t change the taste one bit!

Green Mango Smoothie

Green Mango Smoothie

Green Mango Smoothie
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Green Mango Smoothie

you cannot taste the spinach in this mango, kiwi smoothie, I promise! 

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 cup frozen mango
  • 2 kiwi's skin removed
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

Instructions

  1. In a food processor add the spinach, mango, kiwi, almond milk, and chia seeds. Blend until smooth. 

  2. To serve, top with more kiwi, blueberries and chia seeds (optional). 

Green Mango Smoothie

Green Mango Smoothie

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Green Mango Smoothie

Green Mango Smoothie

Black Bean Mango Salad

I am all about interesting salads. I can’t remember the last time I had a typical garden salad. My favorite kind of salads include fruit but I have never had mango in a salad…until now.

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Mango and black beans don’t seem like a natural pairing, right? That is what I thought too before I tried this salad. The mango just adds a lighter sweeter aspect to a more traditional black bean salad.

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For this salad I combined black beans, red onion, & avocado over a bed of spinach and then added the mango. To dress the salad, I made an avocado, cilantro, lime dressing. I initially tried to make a yogurt based cilantro lime dressing but I found out the hard way, after, I dressed the salad, that it really didn’t taste right. I am not sure why but I think the yogurt was just too tangy. The avocado was a great replacement that helped bring out the cilantro flavor.

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This is another great lunch salad to try when you are getting bored with your usual routine.

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Strawberry Mango Smoothie

When purchasing fruits and vegetable, did you know that frozen fruits and vegetables have the same nutrient profile. At the store make sure to buy fruits without any sugar added and vegetables without salt or sauces.

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Today I am using frozen mango to make a strawberry mango smoothie. This smoothie only has 4 ingredients: frozen mango, frozen strawberry, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, and nonfat plain yogurt. It couldn’t be easier to make!

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This recipe is a smoothie. If you want to learn more about the difference between smoothies and juice read this post.

strawberry mango smoothie

This smoothie is the perfect breakfast, snack, or after dinner treat. With 175 calories and no saturated fat, this smoothie is a healthy way to start your day or satisfy your sweet tooth!

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Mango Guacamole

Yes, I know the guac is extra.

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But is a burrito a burrito without guac?

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And if guac is extra, can you imagine how much mango guac would be?

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Today I am adding to your traditional taco Tuesday celebration by sharing mango guac served with sweet potato chips which I absolutely love. Honestly, it could not be easier to make.

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Step 1. Make guac

Step 2. Add mango

That’s it.

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Technically I would say this guac serves for, but if you love guac as much as me, its more like 2. My mouth is watering, I have already finished all my guac but I think I will have to go make more and you should too.

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Ingredient of the week: Mango

Did you know that mangoes are grown all year round?

 

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To determine whether a mango is ripe, gently squeeze the skin, ripe mangoes should give slightly. If its very soft, the mango is overripe and the inside will be very stringy.

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To cut a mango, place the mango on its side and cut a large slice about 1/2 and inch from the center on either side. Then score the mango by first cutting strips the long way, followed by the short way. You don’t have to cut all the way through the skin on the bottom, you can use a knife or even a spoon to scoop out the chunks of mango.

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If its very soft, the mango is overripe and the inside will be very stringy.

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