Start to Finish: 5 minutes
Servings: 1
Difficulty Level: Beginner

Picture ripe, juicy mango seamlessly blended with creamy yogurt, milk and fruit juices — mango smoothies are a sweet and satisfying treat you can feel good about. When you prepare the mango ahead of time, whipping up a smoothie is quick and easy; simply peel and dice the mango and store it in the refrigerator or purchase it prepared from your local grocery store. Opt for a flavored yogurt, add a splash of a complementary fruit juice or incorporate other fresh fruits to punch up the flavor.


Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh mango, diced
  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup mango juice
  • 1 cup your choice of plain or flavored yogurt
  • Splash of lime juice (optional)

Directions

Put all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and frothy, approximately 2 to 3 minutes.

Pour the smoothie into a glass or a portable drinking receptacle with a lid for drinking on the go.

Suggested Substitutions and Variations

You can add fresh fruit. Add a half-cup to a cup of another diced or sliced fruit to the blender to increase the flavor and texture. Pineapple and papaya lend a tropical twist, banana creates a creamier consistency and raspberries add crunch and tartness.

Sneak in healthy greens. A small handful of spinach or kale adds nutrients without altering the flavor.

Spice it up. Serrano and jalapeno peppers pair beautifully with mango. Add a few slices of pepper, seeds removed, to spice up your smoothie.

Reduce the calories. Use low-fat yogurt or skim milk to cut down on the calories. Milk alternatives such as soy milk and almond milk are also great substitutions.

Mix it up with flavored yogurt. Yogurt comes in many flavors; vanilla and honey add sweetness while letting the mango be the star of your smoothie, and fruit flavors like peach, coconut, passion fruit and strawberry create unique flavor combinations.

Make a splash. Add a splash of lime or lemon juice for brightness and acidity, or vanilla or almond extract to lend sweetness without adding volume.

A hint of mint. Toss in a sprig of fresh mint to add a refreshing, earthy element.

Smoothie Storage

Leftover smoothies can be safely stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Keep the smoothie in a tightly sealed container, like a Mason jar. If possible, try to fill the container to the top to reduce the amount of air in the container, as air compromises the nutrients in the smoothie. When you’re ready to drink it, pour it into a glass and stir it thoroughly to recombine any ingredients that may have separated.