Mango Coconut Smoothies | Fresh Ways to Eat Fresh


Eat your vegetables! Have some fruit! How many times did you hear that growing up?

And for those of you with little ones, how many times do you say that each day?

I have two very different eaters here at my house. My son is our fruit and vegetable lover – he is just as happy eating a whole watermelon or a bowl of edamame as he is a burger. My daughter, well, it’s a little more challenging. Fruit is her preference, with a slant towards the tropical. But when it comes time to eating her veggies, it requires lots of persuasion.

As you know, we strongly emphasize healthy eating.  There are always fresh fruits and veggies packed in lunches, salads at dinner, and fruit bowls on the kitchen table. One walk through the kitchen, and I always hope that you’ll be tempted by a bowl of berries or slices of melon. When everything is already rinsed, sliced, and within reach, it’s easier to eat healthy.

And then there’s the smoothies.

Our smoothie ritual started when our daughter was a toddler, when we were living in LA. Back then, my husband trained on his road bike for hours, hugging the coast and climbing the hills in Malibu and back. When he would return, he needed something to replenish after his ride, and we started making smoothies full of fruit, soy milk and yogurt. My daughter would lap them up, as did my son, when he came along a few years later. To this day, the kids look forward to a smoothie after school, and I am always happy to make one, knowing they will drink extra servings of fruit.

I don’t stop there. I try to incorporate fresh fruits or vegetables in lots of dishes, as you know by now. Zucchini finds its way into becoming noodles, or bread, or even cupcakes. Bananas find their way in muffins of all varieties. Beautiful salads are a great way to enjoy variety with each bite.

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Mango Coconut Smoothies

Yield: Serves 2

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

My daughter loves mango smoothies, and she loves anything coconut, so when I made this for her, she was in heaven. It's creamy and tropical, and a great way to drink your fruit.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups light coconut milk
1 ripe banana
1 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks, slightly thawed
juice of one lime
agave nectar, to taste

Directions:

Place ingredients in a blender, in listed order. Blend on high speed until smooth. Serve immediately.

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by Liren Baker on August 24, 2012

17 Responses to “Mango Coconut Smoothies | Fresh Ways to Eat Fresh”

  1. kelley {mountain mama cooks} — August 24, 2012 @ 6:42 am (#
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    Love the freshness and color of this smoothie. We eat them so often it’s nice to have a new recipe and see what others are making! have a great weekend.

  2. Kim - Liv Life — August 24, 2012 @ 7:54 am (#
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    Saw your photo on Facebook and it nearly leaped off the page!! Smoothies are a frequent occurance at our house, and this one will be a welcomed addition! Beautiful.

  3. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — August 24, 2012 @ 8:49 am (#
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    I’m with your daughter – this smoothie would take me right to heaven too :).

  4. amelia from z tasty life — August 24, 2012 @ 10:18 am (#
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    sounds almost like a delicious virgin colada!!! We do smoothies every morning in our house (sometimes I throw in vegetables: carrots, kale, spinach, cucumber…). I use a Vitamix (just love how easy and fast it works)

  5. The slim duck — August 24, 2012 @ 10:44 am (#
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    The idea of a smoothie with mango sounds so great. I would have gone directly for a Sorbet!
    SImply gorgeous.

  6. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — August 24, 2012 @ 10:56 pm (#
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    This looks incredibly refreshing! I have to make this, especially in this crazy heat we’ve been having here!

  7. Jen @ Savory Simple — August 25, 2012 @ 5:19 am (#
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    I bet this is wonderful! Mango, banana and coconut. How can you go wrong?

  8. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com — August 25, 2012 @ 9:02 am (#
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    Love fresh smoothies — it’s our go-to snack, packed with flavors and nutrition :)

  9. divacrudites — August 25, 2012 @ 1:22 pm (#
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    Awesome breakfast smoothie…yummy

  10. Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet } — August 25, 2012 @ 4:36 pm (#
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    What perfect smoothie! My mouth is watering right now and just wish I had one in front of me right now. Lovely photos!!! Happy Saturday!!

  11. JulieD — August 27, 2012 @ 10:18 pm (#
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    I love mango and coconut…I have to make this smoothie ASAP!

  12. Beth Michelle — August 28, 2012 @ 9:30 am (#
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    LOVE these smoothies. It is mango season here and I just cannot get enough. I will for sure be trying these.

  13. Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — August 30, 2012 @ 7:51 pm (#
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    We just bought some beautiful mangoes and since my daughter doesn’t care much for this flavorful fruit alone I’ll make this smoothie for her. Give her a straw and she drinks everything I give her

  14. sarah — October 3, 2012 @ 2:38 pm (#
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    What blender do you use?

    • liren replied: — October 4th, 2012 @ 2:46 pm

      Hi Sarah, right now I use a VitaMix, and I love it. But for years, I have also used a Breville, which is also great. Hope that helps!

  15. toni — March 3, 2013 @ 8:30 pm (#
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    this looks amazing! do you use the coconut milk that comes in a carton (refrigerated, for drinking), or the kind that comes in a can (usually for cooking)?

    • Liren replied: — March 4th, 2013 @ 11:24 am

      Thanks, Toni! I used light coconut milk in a can for this – creamy but not too heavy! Hope that helps, good luck!

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