This is a mango smoothie with a delicious citrus twist. A nutritious breakfast mango smoothie bowl, perfect for starting your day the right way.
I love mangoes – they are a fruity, creamy, rich, and beautiful tropical fruit to add to healthy smoothie bowl recipes. This mango banana smoothie has the tasty additions of papaya and lime juice for a tropical smoothie twist. Plus, this mango smoothie bowl can be topped with a variety of healthy, nutritious toppings to fuel your body.
How to Make A Mango Smoothie
Making a mango smoothie is just as simple as any delicious smoothie. First, choose your base of greens. Then select any additional fruit and liquid such as almond milk or coconut milk (great for a tropical mango smoothie). Then popping into the blender and blending it until smooth – voila, a mango banana smoothie recipe.
For this mango citrus smoothie, I decided to combine the flavors of papaya, lime juice, banana, and mango.
Personally, I love to use frozen mango chunks in my mango smoothie recipe. That is because it results in an ultra-creamy, thick smoothie that feels dessert-like and is always appreciated. I usually stock up on mango while they’re in season. Then, I chop them into chunks and freeze them – ready to pop into a smoothie recipe whenever I feel like it.
That way there’s almost no ‘prep’ needed for this recipe. However, you can always use fresh mango, if preferred. Just chop it into rough chunks just before making the smoothie, to retain as much nutritional value as possible.
Mango and banana are a dream combo. Both are sweet and creamy. Your breakfast smoothie bowl will feel more like soft-serve ice cream that the healthy, nutritious meal that it is.
This mango smoothie is also an excellent base for a green smoothie recipe. Simply add a handful or two of kale or spinach to your smoothie. You can also add some cucumber or avocado, and all add different nutritional benefits to your body.
Health Benefits of Mango
Mango is great for smoothie recipes as it is fairly low calorie but highly nutritious. It contains high amounts of Vitamin C and A and is packed with antioxidants. These are great for a healthy immune system.
Mango is also linked with improved heart health, hair & skin health, and even eye health.
The Mango Smoothie How-to
Preparing this healthy mango smoothie bowl is super simple and only takes a couple of minutes.
If you’re using fresh mango, then you’ll need to chop this up. However, if you’re using frozen mango, then it’s even faster to make this recipe. It is as simple as placing all of the ingredients into a blender and blending till thick and creamy.
First, add the liquid, then the frozen bananas and other fresh or frozen fruit, and the kale. Finally, blend.
For bonus nutritional value feel free to add in optional extras such as plain protein powder, flaxseeds, or chia seeds.
Note* You can add some ice-cubes to the smoothie to make it even more slushy-like. You add bulk without calories. However, I prefer to use frozen fruit and have a thick, creamy smoothie bowl rather than a watered-down version.
Next, it’s time to decorate your smoothie bowl.
I love to have my breakfast as a smoothie bowl rather than a simple smoothie. This is because of how easy it is to boost nutritional value with your choice of toppings.
If you want to boost fiber, then you could add fiber-rich fruits, granola, or something similar.
You can add healthy fats to the recipe in the form of chopped nuts and/or chia seeds. Or even blend some avocado into the smoothie. This won’t affect the flavor but adds a delicious creaminess.
For added protein, you have a variety of choices: oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, coconut milk, puffed quinoa, hemp seeds, etc. You could also include a few spoonfuls of yogurt for additional protein if you consume dairy. Unfortunately, coconut yogurt doesn’t contain much protein- in comparison.
Also, when making a treat bowl, you can be a little more flexible with the ingredients. I sometimes omit the greens and get a beautiful yellow mango smoothie bowl.
Citrus And Mango Smoothie Bowl
- 1 banana frozen
- 1/2 cup kale
- 1/2 cup mangoes frozen
- 1/2 cup papaya frozen
- 1.5 cup almond milk or your choice of milk
- 1/2 lime juiced
- 1 tBsp protein powder
- 1 tBsp oat flour optional
- If you're using fresh mango then this needs to be prepared first, by chopping into chunks. If using frozen mango, just measure the required amount.
- Add the almond milk and lime juice to your blender.
- Add the rest of the ingredients.
- Blend till smooth and enjoy!The smoothie is best consumed immediately. If you have any leftover, you can freeze them in ice cube tray or freezer safe container for up to a month.