It’s SUMMERTIME! If you’re like me, the fun of summer becomes a bit more intolerable around August. The vacation bags are unpacked, school is looming, heat and humidity become a bit intolerable. Having an afternoon treat that captures the spirit of the season makes things a whole lot better, and there’s really nothing better than a seasonably ripe mango, right off the tree, or better yet, a traditional summer treat crafted from these beauties! In the wake of last year’s memorable Florida hurricane, I affectionately named my Mango Coconut Smoothie, “The Irma.”

The height of mango season, July through August, yields perfect mangoes. And for this nearly vegan girl, I’m always in search of an “eat clean” recipe that uses every last mango I’ve gathered from our tree. With approximately 100 calories from one cup of mango, Proclaiming mango is the best choice for dieting or weight loss would be a lie. However, mango DOES have other great health benefits and possesses a low glycemic index. Here you go…

Mangoes are rich in over 20 vitamins, minerals and enzymes.  They are loaded with fiber, pectin in particular, which is known for lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol and to fight cancer along with mangoes’ Vitamins A and C. But let’s not forget that Vitamin A also boosts eye health while Vitamin C creates healthy, beautiful skin and improves immunity too. Are you seeing where this is going? 

Often overlooked as a beneficial fruit due to their higher sugar content, mangoes should be in your summer diet! Found to lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels, promote heart health, support your body’s alkalinity, improve digestion, decrease cancer risks, and more, why not indulge in some summer fun with my Mango Coconut Smoothie?  Something this good should be illegal! Healthy and delicious…are you kidding? 

My treat is both luscious and is fun with its creamy mango goodness! Your whole family will enjoy, and you’ll feel good knowing it’s a clean recipe.

“THE IRMA” MANGO COCONUT SMOOTHIE: serves 4
2-3 cups mangos, cubed and frozen
1-1.5 bananas, sliced and frozen
1 cup non dairy milk (Califia Farm’s Coconut Almond Milk used in this recipe)
1/2 to 1 cup (depending on consistency) tropical juice (Apple & Eve Mango Juice used in this recipe)
5.3 oz Unsweetened Coconut Yogurt (So Delicious used in this recipe)
Garnish: Bare Snacks Toasted Coconut, chopped mango
Place all ingredients in blender or Vitamin and blend until smooth. Divide between glasses, add straws, and enjoy immediately!