Mango Berry Smoothie
I've recently found out that I'm a smoothie person (and by recently, I mean in the past couple of years). Growing up lactose intolerant, smoothies were never really an option. But with the new health trends and people wanting healthier variations of their favorite treats, cutting out the yogurt and cream from a smoothie has become super simple! Plus, I got a fancy blender a couple years ago and can now make them for myself. YES! One thing I absolutely love about smoothies is that you can combine a bunch of different things (maybe even some things you don't like) and create a crazy delicious treat! This smoothie is one of my favorites to make (especially for breakfast)!
Now, I actually don't like mango, so going back to the whole combining things you don't like - try it! Put fruits and veggies together that you may not eat otherwise and you may be surprised what you come up with.
I also add a nutritional powder to my smoothies, which is of course totally optional. You'll notice I don't mention this in the ingredient list because it's not an actual ingredient, just something I add in after. If you're curious, I use this one and LOVE the way it tastes in my smoothie (and the energy it gives me). Basically, my body doesn't absorb nutrients like it should due to my autoimmune disease, so I need the extras and that mix does the trick. Of course, I always recommend checking with your doctor or nutritionist before adding something like this into your diet. :)
No on to the good stuff!
I use frozen fruit to give the smoothie a nice thick consistency without using ice cubes. It also stays fresh in the freezer a lot longer than fresh fruit will in the fridge. Personally, I buy fresh fruit and freeze it myself, but you can definitely buy the fruit pre-frozen if it's easier. Gathering the ingredients is probably the hardest part, the actual smoothie making process is super quick!
[yumprint-recipe id='6'] Told you it was a quick recipe! That's why it's one of my favorites to make for breakfast before work. It takes about the same amount of time to make as a bagel and gives me way more energy!