Refreshing, sweet, and amazingly delicious. This Mango Smoothie Bowl is the perfect recipe for a light breakfast, or a pick me up snack in the afternoon.
Why We Love Frozen Fruit in Smoothies
When it comes to the perfect texture of smoothies, frozen fruit is the way to go. Especially frozen mangoes! And especially with kids. Smoothies made from frozen fruit have:
- Better texture. It feels more like a slushy or milkshake, rather than watered down.
- Better taste. Fruit is able to be frozen at the peak of ripeness, rather than buying fruit that isn’t quite ripe yet.
- Better nutrition. Because frozen fruit is picked at the peak of ripeness, the nutrient content is at its highest. It doesn’t spend time on a truck or shelves losing nutrition.
But what we really like about using frozen mangoes is that fresh mangoes are not that easy to cut and peel! A whole mango, after cut and peeled, usually only has a small amount of flesh left! Yet frozen mangoes are ALL flesh with no cutting necessary. Smoothie’s aside, even when snacking we prefer frozen mangoes. The texture in the mango itself doesn’t feel stringy or mushy. Frozen mangoes are just better!
Frozen fruit is also great for putting smoothie making into a simple and easy breakfast. We try to keep frozen fruit on hand, just for smoothies! Usually we’ll do it because we got a great deal on fruit.. or because we grew some. The most common fruits we freeze for easy smoothie making besides mangoes are strawberries, bananas, cherries, and peaches. We also spend some time making frozen smoothie packs. The frozen smoothie packs we make include a cube of yogurt to make the smoothie creamier.
How to Make a Smoothie Bag
For this recipe, we would make a frozen smoothie bag to pull out later by:
- Blending 2 cups of Greek yogurt with cinnamon, honey and vanilla.
- Freezing the 2 yogurt into an ice cube tray.
- Buying frozen mango cubes.
- Then assembling with half the yogurt and 1 cup of mangoes in each bag!
If your picky eater is hesitant about trying or eating mangoes, you’ll definitely want to start with frozen mangoes. They soon might become their favorite fruit. Also, try serving it in a fun new way! Cut a pineapple in half, remove the pineapple and use the pineapple as your bowl!
For more tropical fruit tasting smoothie recipes, try:
- 1 cup Greek yogurt, plain
- 2 cups mango cubes, frozen
- 1 cup pineapple, fresh cubed
- 2 medium bananas
- 1 cup berries seasonal
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut
- Add yogurt, mango and fresh pineapple to your blender. Blend until smooth. If it is too thick for your blender, add a little bit of water or almond milk.
- Top with your favorite fruit. Sliced bananas, blueberries, shredded coconut, pineapple, or whatever is in season.
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