Simple Mango Banana Smoothie

September 05, 2015

With the way things are going right now, I just can't imagine life without my blender. The recent weeks have been incredibly busy for me, both in school and out of school. I admit that the work sometimes gets a little overwhelming, but I feel secure knowing that no matter how busy I get, there's always going to be time for a smoothie! It's the fastest, easiest and most convenient way to nourish my body for when I'm short on time to cook meals. It's also great in helping me practice incorporating more raw fruits and vegetables in my diet. As much as I'd like to share some new and exciting recipes that I've churned out, I'm going to leave you with something super easy today and wait until I find the time to prettily present them.

This is the smoothie that I find myself making almost everyday of the week. It keeps my energy up, especially in the afternoon when I most need it. The ginger in this recipe is helpful too; not only does it add beautiful warmth to the smoothie, it also fights inflammation and promotes better digestion. But the best part? This smoothie doesn't cost much money at all!

Meek x


Prep time: 5 min (+ overnight)


Serves 1-2

Ingredients


1 large mango
2 very ripe bananas
1 tsp maple syrup
dash of cinnamon powder
1cm piece of ginger
water

Optional ingredients:
maca powder
spinach leaves

Topping:
desiccated coconut

Method

  1. Scoop out the flesh of the mango and then dice it. 
  2. Chop the bananas into coins. Place these, together with the diced mango, in the freezer overnight (or between 4-6 hours).
  3. Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Add as little or as much water as you like, depending on how thick or thin you want your smoothie to be, and then whiz it all up.
  4. Sprinkle desiccated coconut on top. Serve immediately.

Notes

When choosing bananas for smoothies, make sure that you go for the riper ones. The spottier, the better. Despite them being less pretty than the fully yellow (unripe) ones, spotted bananas are easier to digest and are actually where you can get the most nutrition from. By this stage, the starches will have fully developed into healthy natural sugars!


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