If Hawaii isn’t in the cards for you this year, let your blender transport you to the tropics with this Mango Smoothie.
You’ll relish every sip of a healthy breakfast or snack that tastes like a frozen treat.
Mango, banana, and orange blend together with milk and super-charged add-ins like protein and nut butters to leave you full and smiling.
I used to think of smoothies as an obligatory vehicle to check the boxes:
- Start the day with a balanced breakfast: check.
- Get servings of fruits, vitamins, and minerals to stay healthy: check.
- Boost protein to stay full and/or support workout recovery: check.
But I don’t want a smoothie that I force myself to guzzle down in order to check the boxes.
I want a smoothie that I actually enjoy!
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Like, this Strawberry Mango Smoothie and this 4 Ingredient Mango Green Smoothie, this mango smoothie recipe is fresh and jam-packed with nutrients; however, this version is particularly simple and oh-so fresh for when you just want a straight-up mango smoothie.
For those who love mangos: yes, this is the best mango smoothie out there!
How to Make the Best Mango Smoothie Recipe
I love smoothies because you just throw everything into the blender, hit go, and BOOM: healthy breakfast is ready.
Did you also know smoothies can also be made in advance?
- Mango. Opting for frozen mango chunks is a great time saver because it’s already chopped, and it’s more economical. I find fresh mango to be one of the more laborious fruits to prep (I used to think that about watermelon until I learned How to Cut a Watermelon). Mangos are an excellent source of vitamin C (take that, colds!), vitamin A, folate, and fiber.
- Banana. Banana blends well with mango because it adds a creamy texture to the smoothie and makes it more substantial. Banana also adds to the tropical vibe, and delivers potassium, vitamin B6, and more vitamin C.
All About Bananas in Smoothies
- Bananas can be used fresh or frozen for this easy mango smoothie recipe.
- I prefer mine frozen to make the smoothie as cold as possible, but it will still be plenty thick if you are using room temperature bananas because of the mango’s thicker consistency.
- If you are using a fresh banana, start with half the amount of milk to ensure it doesn’t get too thin.
- A very ripe banana means a sweeter banana and sweeter smoothie. This is a great time to use up those brown bananas (if you have even more, try this Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie or Smoothie Bowl too).
- Milk. You can use your milk of choice here. I like unsweetened almond milk because it is creamy and low calorie, and great if you need to keep this dairy free.
- Orange Juice. Pack an extra punch of vitamin C with the addition of orange juice, which also makes the smoothie reminiscent of an Orange Julius (anyone else taken back to hanging out in the mall when you hear “Orange Julius,” or am aging myself as an elder Millennial?), without all the added unnatural sugars.
- Ice. Throw in a couple cubes of ice to ensure your smoothie is nice and cold and your desired thickness.
Add more milk for a thinner consistency or more mango pieces or a few ice cubes for a thicker consistency.
Amp It Up With These (Optional) Add-Ins
- Vanilla Greek Yogurt. Makes the smoothie extra creamy and adds protein and calcium.
- Protein Powder. A scoop of vanilla protein powder will round this smoothie out to a total meal.
- Nut Butter. Almond or cashew butter complement the flavors nicely, and their healthy fats add extra satiation.
- Gather ingredients.
- Add all the ingredients to a blender.
- Blend until smooth. ENJOY!
- To Store. Leftover smoothies can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.
- To Freeze. Freeze smoothies in airtight, freezer-safe jars for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying.
Meal Prep Tip
This fresh and simple mango smoothie recipe can be multiplied, divided into individual servings (I like pouring them into glass canning jars or an ice cube tray), and then frozen so you can have a healthy smoothie on demand.
More Healthy Smoothie Recipes
- Simple Fruit Smoothies. Watermelon Smoothie; Peach Smoothie; Strawberry Smoothie.
- Green Smoothies. Kale Smoothie; Green Smoothie; Strawberry Spinach Smoothie; Avocado Smoothie
- Unusual Smoothies. Beet Smoothie; Oatmeal Smoothie.
- And so many more smoothie recipes!
Recommended Tools to Make this Recipe
- Blender. This blender is high power to get your smoothie extra smooth. This is a more economical blender that also works great.
- Glass Jar. Glass canning jars make storing and freezing smoothies easy because you can drink them right out of the jar. These travel jars come with a leakproof lid and straw.
- Reusable Smoothie Straws. A thick straw is a must for enjoying all your healthy smoothies! These are reusable and dishwasher safe.
Enjoy your escape to the tropics with this mango smoothie!
Frequently Asked Questions
A fun part of a fruit smoothie is it is customizable; however, there are some ingredients that are best left out to keep the health factor (one of the whole reasons we are making a smoothie, right?). Fruit has plenty of natural sweetness, so you should limit additional sweetener. Likewise, avoid ice cream or frozen yogurt would be no doubt yummy, but would put this smoothie in the desserts category. Use fresh or frozen fruit over canned fruit. Canned fruit has less fiber as it’s peeled, and the can can be packed with syrups.
This best mango smoothie recipe contains banana, orange juice, ice, and milk, plus optional add-ins of protein and nut butters, creating a smoothie that is filling and tasty. You could add in a handful of spinach to up the nutrients even more, like this Blueberry Spinach Smoothie.
Yes, smoothies are a great addition to your daily diet. Smoothies are a great way to get a multitude of fruits and vegetables in one cup. If your smoothie is low in sugar, and high in protein, fiber, and healthy fats, you will stay full longer, which can help curb unhealthy snacking and help with weight loss. Stay away from smoothies with added sugars or lacking in real fruits and vegetables. **NOTE: I am not a registered dietician. Please defer to your doctor or an RD for specific advice.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or milk of choice start with 1/2 cup if using fresh banana
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- 1 cup frozen mango pieces
- 1/4 cup banana slices fresh or frozen, about 1/2 small banana
- Ice cubes optional
- Vanilla Greek yogurt
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 tablespoon almond butter or cashew butter
- Place all of the ingredients but ice in a blender: almond milk (start with 1/2 cup if you’re using fresh banana, since it will blend up more liquids than frozen), orange juice, mango, and banana.
- Blend until smooth. Add more almond milk for a thinner consistency or more mango pieces or a few ice cubes for a thicker consistency. Enjoy immediately.
- TO STORE: Leftover smoothies can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 day.
- TO FREEZE: Freeze smoothies in airtight, freezer-safe jars for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before enjoying.
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