Our lives are so busy (I know mine is) that we sometimes fail to achieve our daily nutritional goals and requirements, this newly found love of mine -Mango Apple Carrot Smoothie offers a deliciously easy and healthy way out.
If you are like me for whom skipping breakfast and/or dinner (while forgetting to take the recommended 5-A-day) is fast becoming a norm, then this might come in as a very healthy alternative.
I have been on the sidelines for a while watching and reading different ‘fitfam’ posts and recipes that are all over the NET but as I basically have no extra weight to lose, I merely contented myself with being a cheerleader.
The desire to start making healthy decisions and clean up for a greater body and mind led me to explore this and I am glad I did. I currently feel like I just found the solution to the world’s nutrition problems in the Mango Apple Carrot Smoothie!
HOW TO MAKE A DELICIOUS CUP OF HEALTHY MANGO APPLE CARROT SMOOTHIE IN 5 MINUTES OR LESS
Total Time Taken / Required: 5 minutes
INGREDIENTS (I USED)
2 Medium sized (Frozen) Mango
2 Medium sized (refrigerated) Carrots
1 Medium sized (refrigerated) Green Apple
2 tbs Skimmed Milk (My tolerance for evaporated milk is poor, hence this option. You can substitute as desired)
1/2 cup of water
PS: Depending on the quantity required, you may want to reduce or increase the fruit portions accordingly.
I previously (erroneously) believed making smoothies could only be achieved with some specialized fancy Smoothie Blender and I was ready to invest in one until I tried with my ‘normal’ Kenwood Blender today and it worked.
By the way, I found some really cool and sleek Kenwood Smoothie maker online and I think I still need some education.
Does a specialized smoothie blender make the process easier / better or add to the taste of the smoothie, anyone?
I’d say to ‘newbies’, if you want to blend fruits / make smoothies, start with some quality Blender and you are good to go.
So, back to our 5 minutes or less easy-to-put-together yummy Mango Apple Carrot Smoothie.
Trust me, this is very easy to throw together…just check out the easy steps below.
Wash your mango(es), apple(s) and carrot(s)…I used 2 mangoes, 1 apple and 2 medium sized carrots, you can play with the quantities depending on the flavor you prefer to be dominant.
*I did not peel the mangoes and apple, I blended the fruits with the ‘skin’ to get the utmost from the fruits…and I love it*
- Cut up the fruits, remove the seeds (as necessary),
- Add water or milk to the Blender -I made use of Skimmed Milk and half glass of ‘chilled’ water but you have the option of using milk only or water only and/or throw in some iced cubes,
- Turn on your Blender, start blending on low speed to finely chop / marsh the fruits and increase to high speed setting for a smooth and creamy consistency,
- Pour into a glass or cup,
- Enjoy your yummy and creamy cup of fiber-full goodness -Mango Apple Carrot Smoothie.
*It is advisable to clean out your Blender immediately to make it easier to get out all the fruit pieces. If left to dry before cleaning, you risk having the fruits / veggies becoming hard / caking on your blender which might be kinda difficult to clean off.
I normally clean out my Blender by pouring in water, adding one or two drops of liquid wash, covering the Blender and squishing it all around.
NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS OF THE MANGO APPLE CARROT SMOOTHIE
According to research, Mango has antioxidant compounds which protects against cancers of the colon, breast, blood and prostate.
They are also thought to help reduce serum cholesterol levels, improve eyesight, boost the immune system, fight against diabetes and aid digestion among other benefits.
Apple is found to be rich in ”antioxidants, flavanoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease”.
It may help improve neurological health, reduce the risk of stroke, prevent dementia, diabetes, breast cancer, etc
Carrots are known to be rich in Vitamin A which helps in improving vision and beta carotene which has been linked to a reversal of / in colon cancer. It is also thought to help in fighting cancers of the Lung, blood, Prostate, etc
You see, we would be doing our bodies a world of good by combining these great and nutritious fruits.
Whatsmore, it also offers a great way to get our children on a very healthy path.
This morning, my lil men were eager to taste the smoothie and I graciously
coerced obliged them.
D1, my picky eater does not like mango and considering that it is the dominant ingredient / flavor in this smoothie, I did not expect him to love it.
Predictably, he did not go beyond his first and only mouthful. I watched in amusement as he wrinkled his nose and announced that it looks like poo and tastes yucky!
D2 was more adventurous and went on to help himself a second time and he seemed to like it.
It was quite refreshing and filling, I did not have anything to eat until after 2 hours or thereabouts.
We are definitely going to be experimenting more with different yummy and healthy combinations until I get the perfect one for them, but for now, I still am enjoying my Mango Apple Carrot Smoothie in my cute little cup (You want to scroll up to have a peek?).
I’d really love to know your favorite fruits combination.
Have you tried the Mango Apple Carrot Smoothie before?
Is it a combination you are willing to try?