Before getting into the detailed process of making delicious mango smoothies, let’s discuss what a smoothie is and how it can benefit our health.
What is a smoothie?
Unlike juices, where fruits and vegetables are used to extract the juice, a smoothie is made up of the whole vegetable. A smoothie has higher levels of carbohydrates, fibers, fruit sugars and vitamin C. This makes it more nutritious than a normal glass of juice.
How to make a perfect smoothie?
Before putting the ingredients into the blender to blend them together, make sure to obtain skim milk. When making the smoothies, vegetables and fruits need to be peeled and any cores, seeds, pips and stalks need to be removed. However, if you are making strawberry or raspberry smoothies, there is no need to worry about this.
How thick should a smoothie be?
Smoothies are supposed to be thicker than natural juices. The essence of a smoothie is represented by its thickness. A pulpy smoothie would have an added amount of starch in it, as lentils or bulghur wheat. This thickens the smoothie further. However, you can dilute your smoothie anytime with water, vegetable juice or milk, depending on how you like it.
Watermelon or cucumber can be a very good alternative to dilute your smoothie. It is completely your personal choice too. Some prefer to have an extremely dilute smoothie while some prefer having a thick smoothie than can be consumed with a spoon.
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Do smoothies need sweetening?
Smoothies have a natural content of sugar in them due to fruits and vegetables present in them, but you can definitely sweeten it depending on your needs. You can add maple syrup or honey to it to enhance its taste. You can further sharpen the taste by adding lemon or lemon juice. Make sure that you add the flavors to sharpen or sweeten it just before drinking. Prolonging consumption after adding sweeteners to it will destroy its natural taste completely.
How long can a smoothie stay fresh?
If you keep your smoothie standing for long, it will start to lose its vitamin content. The fruits in your smoothie will start to oxidize after exposure to air. In the case of apple or banana smoothies, the fruits will be affected by turning brown. How can you remove the froth from the smoothie?
You can easily skim off the froth from the top layer of your smoothie with a spoon. No added effort is needed for this. You can also have some fun by drinking smoothies from a straw.
How to create your favorite smoothie?
You can select any fruit or vegetable you like, to make your smoothie. Just make sure your smoothie looks luscious and fresh. The final picture of your smoothie should be fresh enough to allure your taste buds. A smoothie with the look of pond water would not be enticing to anyone no matter how tasty it might be.
A warning would be not to mix and match too many flavors in your smoothie. It may spoil the taste instead of enhancing it. A better idea is to neutralize dense flesh like banana, avocado, and mango with juicier fruits like cucumber, melon, and oranges.
It is easy to bring a tropical flavor into your smoothie making arsenal by incorporating mangoes. They are flavorful and sweet when ripe. Just imagine yourself sitting on a warm sandy beach with the sun glistening on the water, sipping a smoothie made with mangoes.
Fortunately, you don’t have to leave home to enjoy the taste. There are many good smoothie recipes that call for this exotic fruit. So whenever you feel in the mood for a tropical experience, fire up the blender and put the following mango smoothie recipes to work.
Mango Banana Smoothie Recipe:
- 2 tbsp honey
- Quarter cup cold Milk
- One big banana (ripe)
- One mango (ripe)
- Ice cubes (enough for texture and taste)
Peel the mango and banana and cut them into pieces. Add mango and banana pieces, ice cubes, honey and milk into a blender and blend them together till they form a smooth puree. Add extra honey if needed. Add the milk content depending on the thickness of smoothie you prefer. You can also add honey in the same way.
This mango smoothie recipe tastes best when the chilled blend of banana and mango is served immediately. Add ice cubes to it while serving it.
- Honey should be added according to the sweetness of mango you desire and according to your own taste.
- Milk is also to be added depending to your taste.
- You can pick any type of mangoes depending on what you like best for this smoothie.
- You can also add cornflakes or oats in your smoothie while blending to make a complete breakfast.
- You can even add nuts like almonds or cashew nuts to enhance the taste of your smoothie and make it more nutritious.
Mango Vanilla Bean Smoothie
- Half teaspoonful vanilla extract
- Contents of half a vanilla bean
- Quarter cup plain Greek yogurt
- Half mango (chopped)
- Three quarter cup milk (can use vanilla almond flavor)
Peel mangoes and cut them into pieces. Add the mango pieces, Greek yogurt, vanilla almond milk and blend them together in a mixer till the they form a thick puree. Add some honey from the top if you like sweetness. Add vanilla extract and vanilla beans to the top of it.
You can make the smoothie thinner by adding more milk depending on your taste.
- Out of all the mango smoothie recipes, this is considered the best.
- It can also be consumed with vanilla ice-cream to add extra taste.
- You can pick any type of mangoes you like that tastes the best for this smoothie.
- You can also add corn flakes or oats in your smoothie while blending for a complete breakfast.
The Mango Tango Smoothie
Acai berries are a natural choice for smoothie recipes due to their antioxidant properties and attestation by some people that they help reduce weight.
- Half a cup orange juice
- One cup ice (crushed)
- One cup mangoes
- Two cups acai berry
To prepare the fruit, peel the mangoes and place in a bowl. Freeze this for a few hours. Acai berry can be procured as a pureed product from most natural food stores. The orange juice should be freshly squeezed for the best results. Once the mangos are ready, combine with the ice and acai berries in a blender. Lastly, add the orange juice. As a substitute for acai berries, blueberries or raspberries will do just fine.
Puree for about two to three minutes to ensure the acai berries have mixed well together with the mango pieces. Because the mangoes are very soft, it is not necessary to puree the mixture excessively. Afterwards, remove the lid and pour into a tall cool glass.
Honey and Mango Duo Smoothie
- One tablespoonful honey
- One cup yogurt (natural)
- One cup ripe peaches
- One cup ice (crushed)
- One and a half cups mango (ripe)
- One banana (small)
The recipe will require at least two mangos but you can add more to taste. To prepare the mangoes there are at least two ways to go about it. The first way is to peel it first and then cut the meat out in layers. The other way is to slice it into three pieces. In order to do this, you can start by positioning the knife near the area where the fruit joins the stem and cut along the seed.
Repeat the same procedure on the other side. Scoop out the meat and place into a bowl for freezing. Let it sit in the freezer for up to two hours. To prepare the rest of the fruit, slice up the banana into small chunks.
Mix the crushed ice, mangos and bananas in a blender. Add the honey and yogurt. The honey is added by pouring it from a spoon on top of the solid ingredients and mixing well. Puree this mixture for at least three minutes. You are done when the mixture reaches a smooth and fine consistency. When this state has been attained, remove the lid and pour into a tall cool glass. Serve and enjoy.