My kids have fallen in love with mangos. Each week, we eat at least 4 of this sweet fruit. Perhaps I need to grow a mango tree. In Wisconsin? Sorry, kids! Did you know mango trees can grow up to 60 feet tall? Not really for my small back yard! This “king of fruit” is rich in anti-oxidants, potassium and fiber. Who can turn down requests for mango snacks?
We love to eat this delicious fruit in its purest form: peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces. However, this week we decided to branch out into the smoothie world. It has been a hot week so far, so we have been searching for cool drinks and snacks. We came up with this recipe to use mango and banana with our favorite vanilla yogurt. Nutritious and delicious!
1½ cups mango, peeled and cut-up
1 medium banana, sliced
1 ½ cups vanilla yogurt
½ cup milk (or more, if desired)
1. For this recipe, it is helpful to freeze the mango pieces for an hour or so to make the smoothie nice and cold! Let thaw for 10 minutes before putting it in the blender.
2. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
3. Add a bright colored straw and drink with delight! If the smoothie is too thick to your liking, add more milk to your cup and simply stir with your straw.
The verdict was “Yum Yum!“ and “Amazing!“ from my two children. Discussions of what to call this drink started very silly and then ended with “It’s Raining Bananas and Mangos.” The children also helped with the visual presentation by adding their toy banana and tropical Little Person to the table. (Sorry, no toy mangos in the toy box!) The best part of this demonstration was watching them drink contentedly in silence until the final loud slurps of the straw emptying every last drop from the bottom of the glass.