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.
2 cups chopped mango
1 ripe banana (preferably frozen)
1/3 cup 100% pineapple juice
1 cup purified or spring water (such as Iceland Spring)
1 cup fresh baby spinach, lightly packed
1 cup ice (optional)Add to blender and blend until smooth. Add more water for a thinner smoothie.
1-2 Tbs chia seedsAdd 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.
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!