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Quick & Easy Banana Mango Smoothie

So, yesterday, I had myself locked in my bedroom all day, cramming to get an assignment done for a class and deciphering words like butylated hydroxytoluene, pyridoxine hydorchloride, and 4-methylimidazole! (BTW-in case you're wondering, these are all additives in food. One is good for you the other two are VERY bad for you. Can you guess which one is good? -No fair using Google! I'd love to hear from you. If you're curious, leave me a comment and I'll give you the answer.:-) )

Anyway, it was 2:00 in the afternoon and all I had eaten was a 1/2 serving of oatmeal, with banana and walnuts. What’s a girl to do? The old me would have reached for an ice cold Mountain Dew and a bag of ranch flavored Doritos and kept plugging away.  I actually wasn’t very hungry, but my brain needed nourishment, you know, because of all the steam coming out of my ears!

I decided to actually LEAVE my bedroom, stumble into the kitchen…and make something that would nourish my brain and body, while helping me think, instead of harming what brain I had left. The result was this delicious and nutritious smoothie, which took a matter of minutes to make, and much healthier than Mountain Dew and Doritos. I guess my brain wasn’t as fried as I thought.

Here’s the recipe…(which is flexible-as usual, use what’s on hand-that’s what I did here.)

Servings: 2 large or 4 small

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 banana
  • 12 ounce bag frozen mango
  • 2 very large handfuls – organic spinach
  • 2 scoops grass-fed whey protein powder-vanilla (I use Naked Whey)
  • 1 tablespoon of RAW honey (or 100% pure maple syrup if you’re vegan)
  • 3 cups of filtered water – more if you like it thinner

That’s it. Now just throw it all into a blender until smooth. This made a much larger batch than I anticipated. In my house, it made two 1-quart jar servings. But, if you’re new to smoothies, it would probably serve 3 to 4 people.  If you don’t have a good “smoothie” blender, see the video I posted about blenders.

Optional ingredients: These ingredients will add an extra boost to the micronutrient and/or essential fatty acid profile of the smoothie

  • kale, Swiss chard or collard greens instead of spinach
  • ground flaxseed
  • chia seed
  • maca root powder
  • Ashwagandha powder
  • goji berry powder
  • Acai berry powder
  • matcha powder
  • Green tea instead of water
  • Coconut water instead of filtered water

What if you don’t have mango? That’s okay! Use what you have, any type of frozen fruit will work. Experiment and use your imagination. Let me know what you come up with.

Leafy greens should be included as a regular part of your daily diet. Don’t like leafy greens? Try making a smoothie. TRUST ME! You barely even taste them. (Start with spinach if you’re new to smoothies)  I know it’s a weird color, but it tasted wonderful!

i-love-green-smoothies

 

 

 

 

About Tamara Hoerner (726 Articles)
I am a student at Hawthorn University working toward a MS degree in Holistic Nutrition. For me, the name Purple Almond symbolizes “Good, nutritious, whole food bringing light and life to the body, awakening the inherent healing mechanisms within.”

10 Comments on Quick & Easy Banana Mango Smoothie

  1. onlinebeautyblogger // January 10, 2017 at 12:36 pm // Reply

    I love smoothies they are amazing I normally have them for breakfast 😅😅 I’m trying to move off of unhealthy food because my dream job is to be an air hostess and they are super skinny and I’m not so I’ve got to start now as before them I’m going to work at Disney to learn to smile for ages and because I love Disney 😅😅😅 any tips on cutting the unhealthy stuff out being the cookies always get the better of me 😪 darn you cookies 🙀 I would always risk it for a chocolate biscuit but I want to be healthier but I can’t I’ll be on a diet for a week and then I’ll eat to much chocolate and come off it 😂😂😂🤣 any tips x

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    • I just found this in my Spam folder! Sorry for the delayed reply! Read my article about using the 85/15 method. Basically it says that you eat healthy 85% of the time the other 15% you can eat anything you want.
      Here is the link: How to eat healthy: You don’t have to be perfect. You wouldn’t start out at that level, but work your way up to that. With this method, you are eating healthy the majority of the time and are more likely to stick with it because you know you can still have a treat now and then. Hope that helps.

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  2. I’ve just started making smoothies at home too (rather than paying exorbitant prices for them). I freeze banana slices so that I can use them whenever I fancy a smoothie. Just made a banana strawberry smoothie yesterday, yum! I’ll try mango and a bit of green next time.

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    • Yep, we’re hooked on smoothies at our house. I LOVE to use frozen bananas. If you have a good blender, try making “banana ice cream” sometime using frozen bananas, with a bit of dark chocolate sauce on top, YUM!

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  3. I am curious as to which one of those additives is good for us as they all sound bad. My normal smoothies consist of either almond milk or plain yogurt with frozen fruit such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mangoes, sometimes bananas, kale and spinach. Kale and baby spinach is a must for me in my smoothies.
    I will try a few of the other ingredients that you suggested such as honey, and a few of the powders that you listed under optional ingredients. I just need to figure out where to get them.
    Why would someone use the whey protein powder? What is the benefit?
    Thanks for the help.

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    • Hello! and thank you for your questions and for replying to the article. PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE is the chemical name for the unprocessed form of vitamin B6, and is part of the essential, water-soluble B-vitamin family.
      I’m not sure where you live, but Amazon.com has most of the things I mentioned.
      If you want to boost the protein content without dairy or whey, I recommend the protein powder I mentioned in the article.

      I like to add GRASS-FED whey protein powder, for a few reasons.-(1) It helps me stay full longer. As super healthy as smoothies are, they are essentially fruit and vegetables. Almond milk is wonderful, but not high in protein. Plain yogurt is a wonderful option to whey, as long as it is grass-fed organic. However, yogurt makes it a bit creamy and heavy. I, personally like my smoothies with water. It’s simply a matter of preference and what you’re used to. Another option to whey powder is hemp seed. Hemp is a complete protein and a good source of omega-3 fat. Whey simply gives the protein with fewer calories and the heaviness of yogurt. (2) Some of the substances in grass-fed whey help boost the immune system. (3) the right kind of whey contains the powerful anti-oxidant glutathione-super important for us (I’m talking about pure whey-from organic grass fed NOT whey isolate-NEVER buy an isolate of any substance)
      Here are a few articles for you to reference on the benefits of whey:
      1) http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/04/10/can-you-use-food-to-increase-glutathione-instead-of-supplements.aspx
      2)
      http://nutritionexpert.com/blog/2015/01/5-reasons-you-should-be-drinking-grass-grass-fed-whey-protein/

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  4. Great recipe – defiantly going to try out. I love making smoothies especially with herbal powders, it really tastes good and makes you feel healthy! Do you use Ashwagandha powder often in your smoothies? I wrote an article on the amazing benefits mentally/physically that ashwagandha presents if you want to check it out:

    https://mindnudged.wordpress.com/2017/02/15/best-benefits-of-ashwagandha/

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