• Lydia Chu

Mango Smoothies

Updated: Apr 6, 2019

When I was growing up, I used to love ice cream. I grew up in Texas where they sold ice cream by the gallons. Everything was big in Texas. When we would go shopping, my parents would buy each of the children half gallon ice cream so we wouldn't fight over them.


Well, after many years of indulging on ice cream and milk shakes, I decided to completely cut dairy out of my diet when I went plant-based. No more ice cream for me. If you ever watched Dr. Neal Bernard on YouTube talk about the impact dairy has on our health or read one of his books, you would understand why. Not only is it bad for our health but has a detrimental affect on our environment.


So, I started experimenting with different things to satisfy my cravings of ice cream, and I can assure you, this healthy and delicious mango smoothie comes very close. I actually think they're better than ice cream. Once my palate got used to eating healthy food, I didn't need a lot of unhealthy fat or sugar to satisfy my sweet cravings, and all the vegetables I used to hate growing up started tasting better. Now, I love all kinds of vegetables and fruit!


Serving size: 2


Ingredients:


  • Frozen mangoes - 2 cups ( I buy frozen mangoes from Costco. They have the best deal)

  • Frozen banana - half or whole banana ( I always freeze ripe bananas ahead of time) Amount of frozen bananas you need depends on your personal preference. If you like bananas and want more of the banana flavor, use a whole banana but if you're like my daughter and doesn't like bananas, use only half)

  • Frozen pineapple - 1/2 cup

  • Almond milk - 1 cup (you can also use soy milk, or coconut milk)

  • water - 1/2 cup

  • lime juice (optional) - 1/2 - 1 teaspoon


Instructions:


  1. Put everything in a blender & blend at a high speed for about 1 minute or until creamy. If it's too thick, you can add a little more water or almond milk.

  2. Note: If you use canned coconut milk, especially full fat milk, it'll be thicker and creamier but will be higher in fat and calories. So, if you're watching your weight, I recommend going with almond milk or soy milk.

  3. Enjoy and let me know how it turns out!

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