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Growing up in South Florida, the beginning of Summer meant hot weather, days at the beach or pool, family reunions, and mango season!  Family members had mango trees in their yards so we always had an abundance of fresh mango to devour.  Now I still have a hankering for anything mango as soon as warmer weather hits.

 

This smoothie cures my mango cravings.  And I love that my son will happily drink this green smoothie.  It's packed with antioxidant carotenoids, potassium, vitamins C & K, B vitamins, and more.  Plus, Iceland Spring water is about as pure as you can get. 

 

I often add chia seeds to my smoothies since they provide essential fatty acids and fiber along with minerals such as calcium and magnesium.  This fits perfectly with the Recipe ReDux theme this month, "Sowing Seasonal Seeds."  For the recipe challenge we were asked to share a seasonal recipe using our favorite seeds.  I think this fits the bill!  Scroll to the bottom of the page for a link to some awesome seasonal seed recipes from other ReDuxers!

 

Update: This recipe has been taste tested and awarded the Kid Kritics Approved seal!  They even begged for the recipe.  Here are just a few of their comments, "Scrumptious ... Fantastic ... It looked like I wouldn't like it. When I tasted it, I loved it, even the seeds ... Delicious and proves you should always try everything - not judge food by its color ... Want seconds, please!"

 

Note: Iceland Spring Water is a Kid Kritics Approved product and is part of the Kid Kritics marketing program.  The company donated samples of this product for the creation of recipes.

Equipment

Blender, measuring cups and spoons

Prep Time

Less than 5 minutes

Number of Servings

3 or more depending on ages

Instructions

  1. 2 cups chopped mango

  2. 1 ripe banana (preferably frozen)

  3. 1/3 cup 100% pineapple juice

  4. 1 cup purified or spring water (such as Iceland Spring)

  5. 1 cup fresh baby spinach, lightly packed

  6. 1 cup ice (optional)

    Add to blender and blend until smooth. Add more water for a thinner smoothie.
  7. 1-2 Tbs chia seeds

    Add seeds and pulse to combine. Serve immediately. If left to sit, the chia seeds will form a gel in the smoothie and change the consistency.

Options

Use frozen mango (may need to increase liquid).  Replace pineapple juice with orange juice.  Use ground flax seeds in place of chia seeds.  Add Greek yogurt for probiotics, protein, and a creamier taste.  Freeze the mixture in ice pop molds for popsicles!

 

Click on the little blue frog icon below for seasonal seed recipes from other Recipe ReDux participants!

 

 

Grocery List

  • Mango, fresh or frozen
  • Ripe banana (preferably frozen)
  • 100% pineapple juice
  • Purified or spring water (such as Iceland Spring)
  • Fresh baby spinach
  • Chia seeds

Comments

  1. Posted by Jaimie on Aug 12, 2013

    Thanks for the comments! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

  2. Posted by Nikki @ The Kids Menue on Jun 26, 2013

    Love your Recipe ReDux! We are in the midst of Winter so for now I will just imagine how much I will enjoy this recipe come summer - thanks for sharing it

  3. Posted by Kelly Sloan on Jun 24, 2013

    I love smoothies but I have never tried chia seeds.. So this recipe is a must!

  4. Posted by Deanna Segrave-Daly on Jun 22, 2013

    While I'm not one to put greens in my smoothies (probably because I don't own a Vitamix) this recipe might entice me to do so!

  5. Posted by Alex @ Delicious Knowledge on Jun 21, 2013

    Yum! I love chia seeds in my smoothies, sometimes I even sprinkle them on top for a little extra!

 

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