As parents, we love smoothies because they’re a healthy snack masquerading as a fruity milkshake. Kids consider smoothies in the same boat as ice cream, and yet there are so many ways to make them not only taste delicious, but also good for you!
I get bi-weekly produce deliveries from Hometown Harvest, and in my last fixed bag there were two beautiful, organic mangoes. Aside from tasting great, mangoes are full of vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber, and they have a low glycemic index which means they won’t spike your sugar levels.
Coconut milk, which is a bonus for those that can’t (or don’t like to) use cow’s milk, also has some health benefits. Compared to coconut water, coconut milk does contain a lot of fat, but it’s considered a healthy fat and may help increase metabolism while also helping your body feel full.
Bananas have loads of potassium, and I’ve found that if I give my 5-year old a banana a day he tends to have less “growing pains” in his legs. They also aid in digestion, are soothing to and easy on the tummy, and help to restore electrolytes. They’re often an underappreciated super food!
All the “good for you” facts aside, this smoothie blend simply tastes amazing. It has a hint of sweetness from the fruit and honey, but it’s not over-powering. My kids enjoyed them, and loved the frozen pops I made from leftover smoothie mixture!
Mango Smoothie Recipe
Prep: 5 mins | Blend: 2 mins | Yield: 4 cups
- 1 can of coconut milk (13.5oz)
- 2 ripe mangoes, peeled and cut into chunks
- 2 bananas cut into chunks
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 cups ice
Add all the ingredients to a blender. Use the setting to crush the ice first, then switch to puree until all the ingredients in the smoothie are combined.
Like a thicker smoothie? Add ice and continue to puree until it hits your desired consistency.
Serve immediately and freeze any leftover smoothie mixture into freezer pop molds for another delicious treat your kids will love!