For the last month, during our 30 days of real food challenge, I have been making smoothies a few morning during the week. One of my favorites so far is this Strawberry Mango Smoothie. It reminds me of my trips to Riviera Maya, Mexico, especially the trip we got married. My husband and I enjoyed quite a few smoothies at that particular resort’s smoothie bar.
The recipe for this smoothie is pretty easy. You will need strawberries, 1/2 banana, mango chunks, vanilla Greek yogurt and orange juice. Optional: Agave or honey for sweetener and chia seeds for a boost of protein
I start with frozen fruit because it makes the smoothies thicker. However, I have a very old, cheap blender, so sometimes I get frustrated with how hard it is to get the chunks broken down. Surely I’m losing some of the nutrient benefits of the fruit by doing this. But I digress…
So add your frozen fruits to a blender
Then add in your Greek yogurt, orange juice, and sweetener if you are using it.
Blend until smooth
Add in your chia seeds and give it another few pulses to mix them in.
I have also heard of people putting their chia seeds in a food processor first to grind the seeds into a powder. I don’t mind the texture in my smoothies, but if those seeds would gross you out you can grind them up first. Either way, chia seeds give your smoothie a boost of protein. I’ve even started eating chia seeds with my yogurt and granola in the mornings.
Here’s the full recipe
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1 cup greek yogurt
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1 tsp honey or agave (optional)
- 1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
- Blend all ingredients together until smooth. Serve and enjoy immediately