Orange Mango Smoothie
This orange mango smoothie is sweet, creamy and has a secret anti-inflammatory ingredient – turmeric! Adding turmeric to smoothies is a great way to sneak more of it into your diet. This smoothie is vegan, has no added sugar and is high in protein.
This immunity-boosting smoothie is not only delicious but packed with nutrition! It’s hydrating, high in fiber and vitamin C and more. Let’s take a look at the ingredients and the health benefits they offer.
- Mango. Mango contains proteolytic enzymes with anti-ulcerative and anti-microbial properties, and they help in the digestion of other foods. In addition, mango contains vitamin A, C, folate, potassium and powerful disease carotenoid and polyphenols.
- Orange. 1 whole navel orange adds tons of vitamin C for a nice boost for the immune system. Oranges are often recommend in anti-arthritic diets due to their inflammation-fighting properties. They contain beta-cryptoxanthin, a phytochemical that has been shown to decrease the development of inflammatory joint conditions. Oranges also contain a range of B vitamins as well as potassium, calcium and nutrients choline, zeaxanthin, and carotenoids. Peel, quarter and freeze the orange first for an extra creamy blend.
- Banana. This smoothie benefits from half a frozen banana for extra sweetness and creaminess. Banana adds more potassium plus fibre, manganese and more.
- Healthy fats. You can use either coconut, almond butter, sunflower seed butter, hemp seeds or another seed of choice to add some healthy fats to this smoothie. I like using hemp seeds since they’re rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E and iron. Perfect for athletes!
- Turmeric. Turmeric adds a beautiful bright orange colour and is one of the most antioxidant-rich foods we can eat. Adding it to smoothies is such and easy way to take advantage of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Smoothie Blending Tips
Here are a couple tips for smoothie blending success.
- Load the container in the following order: liquids first, then small and soft ingredients, then greens and finally frozen fruits and vegetables.
- Start low and slow, allowing it to start blending. Once it’s running smoothly, slowly crank it to high then blend until smooth. If needed, use the tamper or stop to shake the container to get things moving.
- Be patient but try not to over blend or your smoothie will start to melt from the heat of the blender. 30-45 seconds usually does the trick for a perfectly creamy smoothie.
If you don’t have a high-speed blender:
- Grate any vegetables like carrots, beet or zucchini before adding to the blender.
- If adding oats, whole nuts, seeds or coconut, add them first and blend with the liquid only for 30 seconds until creamy.
- You may need to stop and shake the blender or scrape down the sides, be patient for smoothie success!
For more tips on the creating the best smoothies, check out my vegan protein smoothie ebook.
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Orange Mango Smoothie Recipe
Sunshine in a cup, mango orange julius, creamy dreamy mango surprise, summertime mango breezer….these could all be alternate names for this delight. What would you call it?
Whatever you call it, this smoothie is thick and creamy with tons of flavour. You will love it for breakfast, after a hard workout, for an afternoon snack or even for dessert. Try reducing the liquid used to make a smoothie bowl and enjoy it with a spoon!
For a tropical twist, try it with light coconut milk instead of almond milk!Print
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or another plant milk of choice
- 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder (30 g)
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks (140 g)
- 1 peeled, quartered and frozen navel orange (200 g)
- 1/2 a frozen banana (60 g)
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds (12 g, optional)
- 1/2 tsp turmeric (optional)
- Blend all ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy.
To enjoy as a smoothie bowl, reduce the liquid to 1/2 cup and slowly as more if needed. Scoop into a bowl and enjoy with a spoon.
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This recipe was originally published May 1, 2014.