With spring coming, you may be looking for some healthy snacks or even just a refreshing treat. And this Mango Berry Smoothie checks all the boxes. Honestly, I make this smoothie all the time (even in the winter). This is one of my all time favorite snacks that is usually part of my daily routine.
I eat a ton of fruit on the regular. Fruit is one of my favorite things to eat, and I guess I’m just lucky that it’s healthy! One of the good things that came out of Covid for me was that I started doing a daily smoothie again. I used to drink daily smoothies a lot when I lived down south as I could easily pick one up somewhere, and I would do that during lunch breaks at work. But, as you know, habits can change when your life or schedule changes. And while I have always loved smoothies, they just became something I hadn’t regularly made for a while.
But when Covid hit, and the bake shop became a ghost town, I had all this fruit that I normally would have been making pies with. Because I hate wasting food, I started making smoothies with the fruit every day. I still wanted to have fruit on hand, should the one person who wanted a pie call to get one, I for sure wanted to sell it to them! So, I started making daily smoothies at that time to use the fruit, eat extra fruit, and boost my immune system!
I’ve been going strong since Covid and pretty much have a smoothie every day now. It’s a great snack, and it helps me get in extra fruit, especially when things aren’t really in season like in the winter when there’s not a lot of fresh fruit at the grocery store. Because, with smoothies, you can use frozen fruit too. And, I actually like to use frozen fruit as it makes for thicker smoothies, which I prefer. My smoothies usually don’t contain a lot of ingredients and they are what Delaney calls “candy smoothies”. He calls them this because they are basically just 100% fruit smoothies. I’m not a huge fan of greens in my smoothie, as I believe that is called a “green smoothie” and there is at time and place for that, but I usually prefer sweeter all fruit smoothies. So today I am sharing a recipe I make literally all the time, it’s my Mango Berry Smoothie. And I like my smoothies really thick, so I’m going to give you some tips for making a thick smoothie.
Tips for Making Thick Smoothies
Use A Mix of Fresh & Frozen Fruit
I use fresh banana, frozen mangos, frozen blueberries, frozen strawberries, and a liquid such as fruit juice, milk, or water. Smoothies need to be able to blend to turn into a smoothie, so there has to be a balance of soft things as well as things that blend easily, as well as liquid. So, this is why I use all frozen fruit, except the bananas. I prefer to use bananas that are no frozen because bananas can blend very easily, so they also create a lot of volume and not just water like other fruits when blended. That’s why I think it’s important to use frozen fruits like berries, where if you blend them they will turn to water, but if they are frozen then they produce a thicker consistency.
Certain Fruits Are Better
When you want a thick smoothie, certain fruits will help give you that consistency. My top three picks for fruits that provide a thicker smoothie are bananas, mango, and dragon fruit. Think of the consistencies in these fruits normally when you eat them, they aren’t as heavily water based as other fruits like strawberries, watermelon, apples, etc. So, when these fruits blend up, they just blend up a thicker smoothie than all berries for example. So, I pretty much always use banana in my smoothies, as that’s an easy one to add to anything. And, mango also has a pretty neutral flavor if you’re adding other things as well. Dragon fruit is amazing, and I love adding it to smoothies as it has such a good flavor! I always use fresh bananas and either frozen mango or frozen dragon fruit in addition to other fruits that are more water based.
I don’t like ice in my smoothies as I feel the texture isn’t as smooth, so I avoid that at all times. Plus, I feel like if you add ice and your smoothie sits for a few minutes it can just turn into water, which can just water down your smoothie. So, I don’t use ice in my thick fruit smoothies.
Use a High Powered Blender
Your blender plays a big role in what kind of smoothie you can make. So, if you have a high powered blender you’ll be able to blend better and therefore use less liquid and have a thicker consistency to your smoothie. I use a Vitamix and since I bought this blender, my smoothies have been the best!
Use A Plunger
Your blender should come with plunger that you can use while blending. The Vitamix does, and while I didn’t use it at first, it really helps when the smoothie gets stuck. Because when your smoothie is stuck and it’s not blending it can be easy to just add more liquid to make it blend, because that will work. But, if you do that, then your smoothie will be more watery. So, if you use the plunger you can usually get it to keep blending without adding more liquid.
Mango Berry Smoothie
Makes 1 smoothie
1 organic large banana
1 cup organic frozen blueberries
1/2 cup organic frozen mango
1/2 cup organic frozen strawberries
1/2 cup organic milk, fruit juice, or water
Add all ingredients into a high powered blender, and blend until smooth.
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