I’m aware that it hasn’t exactly been the kind of weather that gets you in the mood to dig into a tropical flavoured smoothie bowl lately.. but I’m really hoping that we’ll get even a little glimpse of Summer in the UK soon! I think I mentioned in my mango overnight oats recipe just how much I adore the champagne mangos! Mangos have pretty much always been one of my all time favourite fruits, but when I discovered the champagne mangos.. well, that was an absolute game changer, let me tell you! I don’t know exactly what it is about these that made me fall in love with them quite so much; they’re just so soft, sweet, fruity and all round delicious! They’re quite a bit smaller than regular mangos and are a vibrant yellow, orange colour. Talking about them now is actually making me feel rather sad that my fruit bowl is currently lacking in mangos- I think a trip to Wholefoods tomorrow morning is in order!
The combination of the mango and vanilla protein powder, makes this SO deliciously sweet and creamy; so it tastes just like a dessert.. but something that you can enjoy for breakfast too! I’ve been really getting into smoothies lately, as I find them a really quick and delicious way to create a meal with a balance of protein and carbs, so great for a pre or post workout dish. I also love the fact that they take less than 5 minutes to make, so if you’re really busy in the morning or want something quick to make in the middle of the working day, then this could be just the thing to try out.
To accompany the mango, I’ve added in my other favourite fruits, raspberries! I eat raspberries at least once a day and thinking about it, I should probably start to include a little more variation in my fruit choices! However, raspberries are delicious and taste incredible blended with the flavours of mango and vanilla. I’ve also added in something a little bit different here, which is Sea Buckthorn powder. This is something that I’d never used before, but I regularly use lots of the other Arctic Berries powders and love them, so naturally, was keen to give this one a whirl too! I’d like to give it a few more tests in some different kinds of recipes, but so far I’m really enjoying using this product and it worked really well in this smoothie. Not only does Sea Buckthorn have various different health properties, but I also found that it didn’t dramatically alter the taste of the smoothie.
Now, I’m all for packing smoothies full of nutritious ingredients; but I don’t really fancy adding in even the most vitamin packed greens powders if they’re going to turn my drink into something that resembles pond water! Luckily, all of the powders that I’ve tried from Arctic Berries taste great and therefore are really easy for me to add into porridges, desserts, smoothies and mix into yoghurt. I talk about this all of the time, but including foods that I enjoy and can easily be incorporated into my daily meals and routine is essential for me to maintain a healthy lifestyle and I know that I would really struggle to stick to eating habits that I just didn’t enjoy!
- 1 ripe champagne mango
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 1 scoop (30g) vanilla protein
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tsp Arctic Berries Sea Buckthorn powder
- 6 cashews
- Pop all of the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve topped with fresh berries and a sprinkling of desiccated coconut.