It’s been super hot recently and for the sake of my teeth I don’t want to over indulge in ice cream, so next best option was a fruit smoothie. With an abundance of fruit and vegetables in the fridge, I really had a selection to work with!
First up, Strawberry and Mango– two of the yummiest fruits around, in my opinion. Better yet, they are full of health benefits!
“Strawberries are the angels of the earth, innocent & sweet with green leafy wings reaching heavenward.” – Jasmine Heiler
Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamins C and K. They also contain a significant amount of phytonutrients and flavanoids which gives the strawberries their bright red colour. They have both medicinal and beauty properties, where they have been used to help with digestive ailments, teeth whitening and skin irritations. According to Care2 it’s these red colour pigments that can help us burn stored fat!!! Pass me a bowl right now!
What about mangoes? They are just as jammed packed with health benefits. According to the Guardian they contain a ‘store of phenolic and carotenoid compounds (gallotannins, alpha-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin and more) that seem to offer some protection against several types of cancer.’ Not only this, mangoes have a number of beauty benefits! So they can be used externally on your face and body- just make sure not to eat all the mangoes.
(I’ll do a separate post on face masks or teeth whitening)
So beside all these health benefits, these two fruits are delicious to eat. Here’s a simple recipe for a Mango and Strawberry smoothie I made earlier this week.
Strawberry and Mango Smoothie
1 ripe mango
a handful of strawberries
one cup of ice
1 Shape pineapple and coconut yoghurt (optional)
50ml of milk/ almond milk
- Cut all your fruit.
- Add the ice to your blender with your milk.
- To the blender add your fruit and blend.
- OPTIONAL. Add in your shape yoghurt pot to give it a extra tropical flavour. I actually froze my yoghurt pot for extra iciness.
- Blend, blend and blend!
- Serve in a tall glass.