Somewhere around the world it’s probably going on 40 degrees C and you’re sweating your knockers off to keep cool, but I’m guessing you’re not really having much like. Am I right?! (Please tell me I’m right)
So, what better way to cool off than with this tropical inspired Mango and Passionfruit smoothie? It’s not exactly what I would be drinking right now in the midst of winter, but it is what I recommend YOU should be drinking if you’re in the midst of summer. You see what I’m getting at?
Now, lets just cut to the chase and provide you with the recipe.
- A handful of frozen mango
- 1 banana
- 1 passionfruit (pulp)
- 1 orange, juiced
- ¼ cup yogurt
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tablespoon honey
- A few sprigs of mint and passionfruit pulp, to serve
- Add all the ingredients to a blender (except for the ice) and blend on high speed for a minute or two.
- Add ice if needed and blend again.
- Serve with mint and passionfruit in a glass.
- You could even add a tablespoon or two of shredded coconut.
Where did I get the idea for this tropically inspired smoothie you might ask. Well, I just so happened to be pondering the idea of myself sitting on one of those fold out pool seats in Hawaii whilst sipping on an exquisitely refreshing drink. Yeah, life’s good! And then I began wondering what type of drink I was holding, which made me think of a very good mango and passionfruit smoothie I made last summer. And so I thought, ‘why not post the recipe on my blog!’ because there’s no time like the present!
This is a great healthy snack option for anyone due to its balanced components of nutrients such as, antioxidants, calcium, protein, fiber and minerals.
Mango is by far my favourite fruit and to be honest, I don’t think it gets all the attention it deserves. Sometimes we get too caught up in the hype of all the super fruits of the moment that we forget about how good all the other over-looked fruits are. Take mangos for example, they’re bursting with fiber, vitamins A and C, and other minerals and phytochemicals. They have even been proven to help reduce body fat and control blood sugars when included regularly in the diet.
In terms of smoothies, they can be a great way for people (especially young children) to eat their fruits and vegetables if they don’t like them in their raw or cooked state. Often you can get away with sneaking in some greens, such as spinach or kale without any notice at all.
For athletes they’re great for getting a high volume of energy packed into one meal. Runners, particularly endurance runners have high energy needs that need to be met by eating lots of food. Often this can become very tiresome, and can leave you feeling bloated and sluggish. So, smoothies are a great alternative to this. Did you know that “AIS Sports Nutrition recommends having a smoothie made with bananas, low-fat milk and honey as a staple snack on a carb-loading day.” (Samuels, 2014)
For some more information try reading an article by Endurance Sports Nutrition called ‘Smoothie suggestions for endurance athletes’.