Once you’ve mastered the basic mango smoothie form, you’re ready to start trying different additional ingredients. Here are some of my favorite add-ons to my mango smoothies:
- Berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries)
- Fresh Coconut Meat
- Spirulina or Vega powder
- Healthy Oils like Hemp Seed Oil and Flax Oil
Add all of those ingredients at one time, and you have one heck of a powerful nutritionally dense mango superfood smoothie!
Smoothie Blending Secrets
Allow me to save you some of the trial and error I went through in my quest for the perfect mango smoothie.
First off, the key to the perfect smoothie is in nailing exactly the right amount of liquid you include. Your blender needs to have a minimum amount of liquid to begin turning the ingredients over and fully blending them. If you add too little liquid, the blender will rev and not much blending will happen. Too much liquid, and you’ll have a nice blended juice rather than a thick delicious smoothie.
Add your liquid with care until you’re sure you’ve got exactly the right proportion of liquid to non-liquid ingredients.
Secondly, watch out with adding water to your mango smoothies. If you have an overly thick smoothie and add water to thin it a little, your smoothie will taste remarkably less flavorful. This goes for ice as well–never trust any smoothie recipe that advocates you adding in ice to your smoothie ingredients.
Water in any form dilutes the flavors of your smoothie. If you don’t like things tasting too sweet, this may be just what you’re looking for. But if you can handle whatever amount of sweetness and are instead looking for a rich, delicious mango smoothie experience, stay away from water and ice.
Finally, don’t be afraid to add the greens (spinach, kale, parsley, etc.) and/or the green nutritional supplements (spirulina, vegan nutritional powder, etc.). Most people are a little nervous about adding greens in any form into their smoothies. But here’s why you should feel free to be bold with adding greens to your smoothies: first off, most people don’t consume as many leafy greens as they should. Mango smoothies easily mask all but the most intense greens, so feel free to add some to get the nutritional and energy benefit of consuming more greens right along with the delicious mango smoothie you’re already having.
For some reason, most people recoil when I show them the green hue of some of the more nutritionally fierce mango smoothies. What’s wrong with the color green? Add a handful of spinach to your next mango smoothie and tell me you barely taste the spinach while feeling incredible after drinking it!
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