For The Mango Lover In You: Mango Cinnamon Smoothie

June 15, 2015

IT’S MANGO SEASON!!!

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Can you sense my enthusiasm through my subtle use of caps, excessive exclamation marks, and Jim Carrey’s dance skills?

As my boyfriend says about a few of my favorite things (tacos, Godiva chocolate, cheesecake, etc.), I have a love affair with mangoes. These juicy, hairy-pitted ovals of goodness are my remedy for coping with the summertime. (Yes, “coping.” I prefer the winter.) Mangoes make the heat more bearable and the hurricanes less troubling. I may be exaggerating a bit, but you get the point. Perhaps this undeniable love is a result of my Haitian heritage. (I’m not complaining.)

Mangoes are categorized as “drupes.” These plant fruits are encased within a thin outer skin, a seed nestled in at the core. Other fruits that fall under this category include peaches, plums, olives, and cherries. There are a number of health benefits associated with eating mangoes, and according to Medical News Daily, they are a source of “over 20 vitamins and minerals.”

If I’m not slicing and dicing my mango before forking the pieces into my mouth, then I’m usually peeling off the reddish-green skin and devouring the insides with no sense of etiquette whatsoever. But this summer break, I wanted to get a bit more creative with these golden-fleshed beauties.

Project Número Uno: The Smoothie.

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I was never a huge fan of smoothies, finding them either too sweet or too fruity. I finally came to my senses two summers ago, and I hadn’t had one since around that time. Just the other day I was craving a smoothie, so I figured why not make my own?

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We had a few of these treasures lying around just waiting, begging almost, to be eaten. I cut this baby up and threw it in the blender. I tossed in a little plain Greek yogurt, cinnamon, and vanilla.

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To give the drink a “cooler vibe,” I added a few ice cubes.

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A few minutes in the blender and voila! I had myself the perfect mango smoothie: thirst-quenching, healthy, and tasty, to say the least. I will definitely be making these bad boys more often. And who knows what my next mango project will be? I’m thinking maybe something a bit less…conventional.

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Mango Cinnamon Smoothie

By Shana Antoine

Ingredients

  • 1 mango (peeled and sliced)
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt (Swiss, Greek, your choice!)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ice cubes (optional)

Instructions

  • Join together mango, yogurt, cinnamon, and vanilla in blender. Add ice cubes. Blend for 2-3 minutes or until mixture is smooth and creamy. Enjoy!

Yield:

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 07 mins.

Total time: 7 mins.

© Scappiamo, 2015

 

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10 comments

  1. AAAAKKK!!!! I LOOOOOOOVVEEE ripe mangoes!!!!!!!!!!! (Now, can you sense my enthusiasm? he he) You just reminded me, I just might make a smoothie for the kids this weekend when I go home. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

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  2. Hi mango girl, you belong to the large bandwagon of mango lovers, me included, across the world. Did you know that India is the world’s largest producer of mangoes, boasting of several hundred varieties in various parts of the country? It is the mango season here from March to June, when markets are flooded with varieties of mango, and one simply laps it up…Enjoy yours…

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    • Ah, mangoes galore! I dream of traveling to India some day, especially with my newfound appreciation for yoga. 🙏 I’ve still never been outside of the US! I’d love to try some of the other types of mangoes in the world (…but of course, that’s not my only reason for wanting to travel.) ☺️

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