Iiiiit’s reset time!
Okay, so I’m not a huge fan of detoxes or cleanses or the like. I think maybe the idea is a bit of a myth … then again, if doing a detox makes you feel better, by all means, go for it!
A reset, on the other hand … well, that, I understand, and I definitely need one now and then. When I eat sugar and empty carbs, all I want is more sugar and more empty carbs. So December ends up being a bit of a downward spiral until suddenly, I’ve had enough and all I want are vitamins, protein, and good-for-me goodness.
So green smoothies are never far behind.
This mango green smoothie recipe is my favorite right now. I’m ready (okay, desperately needing) to get back on the health bandwagon and this green smoothie makes me feel like I’m riding high. Or, you know, something like that.
What do I love most about it, other than the taste? How easy it is, that’s what! I mean, yeah, smoothies by their very nature are easy. But this one is super easy because it needs no planning ahead, no chopping. It’s just like four super-simple ingredients into the blender, bam, pour, enjoy.
And seriously, it really is an “enjoy” thing, because this mango green smoothie is truly delicious.
So what do we have here? Baby spinach (no, you don’t taste it), frozen mango (it comes already cubed in most grocery store freezer aisles), banana, and coconut water. (Because of the frozen mango, there’s no need to freeze the banana – again, no planning ahead. Love love love!)
While this smoothie is a bit high in sugars, they’re all from fruit – so that’s something. What else is it high in? Vitamins! Which is why I feel so terrific after drinking it. Let’s see … for half this recipe (one small smoothie) we’re looking at over 50% of our RDA of Vitamin C. 43% Vitamin A, and there’s even a bit of calcium (3%) and iron (5%) going on here. Potassium clocks in at 14% and magnesium, which I’m always trying to tuck into my diet wherever I can, is at 11%.
Shall we do this? Ready, reset, go!
Do green smoothies scare you? Have you had too many bad-tasting, off-putting, strange ones? Well, this one is the most drinkable I’ve found – sweet, refreshing, hydrating, and supremely drinkable. Plus it boasts super-short list of ingredients. Win!
Place all ingredients in the pitcher of a blender. Puree until smooth. Divide between two glasses and serve.
Yield: 2 small smoothies, Serving Size: 1/2 of recipe (about 1 cup)