mango vanilla smoothie

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As I try and decipher what a healthy, balanced approach to eating looks like to me one thing is clear: start the day with the best of intentions. Nine days out of ten breakfast includes a smoothie or green juice of some sort.

Smoothies have been a mainstay in our house for years now, and it’s interesting to see how they have evolved from glorified milk shakes to nutrition powerhouses with superfoods like greens, goji berries and protein powder (even though one of us still prefers the glorified milk shakes).

A few weekends ago I woke up craving sunshine and something that was closer to the milkshake side of the smoothie spectrum. To be honest what I really wanted was an Orange Julius. I remember as a kid I didn’t really like an Orange Julius all that much, but the thrill was too much to resist. Frozen orange juice concentrate and milk aren’t really my bag these days but I knew that it would be easy to replicate the cool, tropical creaminess of an Orange Julius.

Frozen mangoes and almond milk are mainstays in our fridge and freezer so I started there and then threw in a couple of dates — my favourite way to sweeten just about anything these days. It was the perfect start to a gloomy Saturday morning and was exactly what I was craving.

Mango Vanilla Smoothie – for two with a second breakfast or one very hungry person

Banana

1 heaping cup frozen mangoes

2 dates, pitted

1 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Water to achieve desired consistency (I used about 1/2 cup)

Put everything in the blend and give it a good whiz!

3 thoughts on “mango vanilla smoothie

  1. Naveen Atwal (@nav_een) says:

    Sounds yummy. I grew up drinking Punjabi-style mango shakes (lassi) but they’re usually made with mango pulp and full of sugar. I also started adding mangos to my fruit smoothies and it’s also now a staple ingredient. I also add in hemp seeds. Never tried with dates — do they have a distinct flavour in the smoothie?

    • Amanda Laird says:

      I love lassis! So yummy, but you’re right — also full of sugar. Dates are one of my favorite ways to sweeten a smoothie, if your blender is powerful enough (we’re lucky to have a Vitamix) they blend right in and add a mellow sweetness. Dates are a really great form of readily available energy, so they’re great to add to a pre-workout smoothie.

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