Smoothie Tuesday – Mango Banana Bliss

Posted on September 22nd, 2009
Mango Banana Bliss - Green Smoothie

Mango Banana Bliss - Green Smoothie

Experimenting with smoothies is always fun for me. I usually end up discovering my best smoothies when I run out of mixed berries, which is what I make my daily smoothies out of. Once I run out of those I am forced to get creative.  This particular smoothie was one of those moments. I had just been to Whole Foods but forgot to pick up frozen berries, but I still had a package of frozen mangoes in the freezer. During my trip to Whole Foods I had picked up a batch of rainbow chard.

Rainbow chard can be identified by it’s large fan like leaves. The base of the step is usually multicolored – pink, red, orange and yellow, the leaves are a dark green with red veins and stalks.  Rainbow chard wilts quickly though, so be sure you plan on using it within a couple of days if you decide to purchase some.  This particular chard is also sweeter than most, thus making it idea for smoothies. Unlike kale, you will barely notice it’s there.

The Recipe:

  • Two large Rainbow Chard leaves (or your choice of greens)
  • 5oz of Frozen Mango (half a 10oz package)
  • 1 banana
  • 3 TBSP of Almond Butter
  • 4 TBSP of RAW Honey
  • 1 Cup of Vanilla Hemp Seed Milk
  • 4 TBSP of Hemp Seed Protein Powder (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender (I use a Vita-Mix) and blend until smooth.

4 Responses to “Smoothie Tuesday – Mango Banana Bliss”

  1. Matt says:

    Great tip on the chard being sweeter than kale; I’ll have to try it. I also really like the almond butter idea. I’ve never tried that but its much better for you than say, yogurt.

  2. Yup, much better than yogurt. I don’t think I have EVER had yogurt in a smoothie though, not even before I went (mostly) raw. I always make my own nut butter too. I will have a post about that soon too.

  3. Green smoothies are great. Today I made one with organic dinosaur kale, apples, and lime. My husband was drinking
    his and he said he was so glad we ate as healthy as we did, and that he loves having green smoothies in our life.

    Go Greens,
    Kristen :)

  4. natalie says:

    looks awesome! i must try it! I love learning new recipes and trying new smoothies i just love them!!

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