This easy strawberry mango smoothie is a delicious treat any time of day. If you want something sweet and tasty, look no further!
My sister-in-law gave us a ton of mangos that were ripe and needed to be eaten soon. I knew I needed to figure out a way to use them up quickly so they wouldn’t go to waste. That’s how I came up with this recipe. It was so delicious and a huge hit with everyone at my house, so of course I wanted to share with you!
Health Benefits of a Strawberry Mango Smoothie
Strawberries are rich in Vitamin C as well as antioxidants. Additionally, they are also considered a great source of magnesium. Magnesium supports muscle and nerve function, as well as energy production.
Mangoes, like strawberries, are also rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. They are high in fiber and provide a good source of folate and vitamin A. Both of these fruits are great for immunity and many other health factors.
The Mayo Clinic shares that “honey contains…a mix of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, iron, zinc and antioxidants. In addition to its use as a natural sweetener, honey is used as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial agent.”
Honey can also help combat allergies if you use honey that is local to your area. This is because the bees making that honey collect pollen from local plants, which may cause allergies. Eating that honey can possibly help combat allergies associated with those types of pollen.
Orange juice is a fantastic source of vitamin C. Depending on what orange juice you choose, it could also be a great source of added vitamin D and calcium. It is wonderful in supporting your immune system and combating the common cold. Orange juice is also great for helping iron absorption, an important factor if you are anemic. Read this fantastic article about orange juice if you want to learn more about its health benefits.
Strawberry Mango Smoothie Ingredients
How to Make a Strawberry Mango Smoothie
First, measure out 3 cups of mango and add it to your blender.
Next, add 3 cups of strawberries.
Then, add 2 tablespoons of honey.
Finally, add 2 cups of your favorite orange juice.
Blend it all together until it is smooth.
Serve up, and enjoy!!
What makes smoothies thicker?
If you use fresh fruit your smoothie may not be very thick. You might just prefer a thicker smoothie. If you want a thicker smoothie you can add oats or chia seeds without drastically changing the flavor.
Both of these options add nutritional benefits to your smoothie.
Chia seeds provide omega-3 fatty acids, similar to flax seeds. This will help the smoothie digest slower and can aid in preventing blood sugar spikes. They also contain a good source of fiber which, plainly put, helps keep your bowel movements regular and will help flush out toxins in the intestines.
Oats undergo minimal processing and contain soluble fiber. Making it great for reducing constipation, as well as lowering blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
How to offset the natural sugars?
You can add ground flax seed to help offset the amount of sugars in the fruit. It will help the smoothie digest slower and could help prevent blood sugar spikes.
How to make it even more healthy?
Another option is adding spinach. It can be hard to get in the right amount of greens everyday. Adding spinach to your smoothie is an easy way to add in those greens. Spinach is a great green to add because it doesn’t have a strong flavor and won’t change your smoothie flavor too much. The only down side is it changes the color and makes it a bit less appetizing. My kiddos never complain though. As long as it is tasty, the spinach goes unnoticed!
Can I use frozen or fresh fruit?
Either will work just fine! With this in mind, remember that if you use all fresh fruit, it will not be as cold or as thick as a typical smoothie. I highly recommend using frozen fruit for at least one of your fruits. I have made it with frozen strawberries and fresh mangoes and had no issues.
Are smoothies good or bad for you?
Just like anything, moderation is key. Smoothies are a great way to increase your fruit consumption, and even veggies, if you add them in there. Should you down a smoothie for every meal…I’d suggest not. Don’t overdo it, but an occasional smoothie, or even a daily smoothie in place of a meal, would be good for you.
What blender works best for smoothies?
The black and decker is by far the cheapest option. We owned ours for about 6 years. It was a decent blender. However, we didn’t use it very often, this was before we became huge fans of smoothies. It finally broke and we were out of a blender for a good half a year until my cousin found us a good deal on a used vitamix.
This is the one we have, except we have the silver model. Let me just tell you, if this thing ever dies, which I don’t expect, because this thing is a beast, I will find a way to buy another one. It is amazing! It is surprisingly quiet for the crazy amount of power it has. It gets our smoothies so smooth I don’t notice any strawberry seed crunch when I’m sipping.
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I didn’t grow up eating mangos so it is new territory for me. Do you have any good recipes? What is your favorite way to use mangos? Please comment below and let me know!
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Easy Strawberry Mango Smoothie
- measuring cups and spoons
- 3 cups chopped mango
- 3 cups strawberries
- 2 Tbs Honey
- 2 Cups Orange Juice add more if you want a thinner smoothie
- Add all ingredients into the blender.
- Blend together until smooth.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!