This easy Banana Mango Smoothie recipe is made with 100% whole fruit and juices, so it’s entirely vegan. A refreshing tropical morning treat!
This might very well be the easiest recipe I’ve ever shared with you (apart from this Healthy Cinnamon Plum Smoothie of course). But every zen moment in the morning counts! She said while her toddler was having a tantrum in the background. Le. Sigh.
Truth be told, we don’t make smoothies that often. Despite them being incredibly simple, despite everyone loving them (truly loving them, as the slurp-disrupted silence will undoubtedly tell you) and despite the good-for-you factor.
It’s just one of those irrational things that make me think hassle.
We don’t have the space to leave the blender out on the counter, and putting the jug in the dishwasher makes me feel lazy because my very expensive wedding gift (you should get yourself a Vitamix as an anytime fit here on Amazon, too 🙂*) is almost self-cleaning anyways.
Nothing major, but smoothie making still makes me mildly anxious, and that was the understatement of the year.
The other thing is this: I’m not a smoothie pro. Things happen to me. Things like thinking grapefruit will be an awesome addition to a green smoothie. Hint: It’s not. At all.
I usually just take the easy way out for our daily fruit ratio, peel and slice an apple or hand out bananas. The same goes for snacks by the way, do you really make your own goldfish crackers for everyday snacking? Because this mom right here most certainly doesn’t.
But I must say, we’ve come a long way from the new-parents-who-don’t-have-it-together stage. And while smoothies are still more of an occasional treat than part of our routine, we’ve managed to ban regular mealtimes, scheduled snacks (and bath time) from the hassle list.
Mostly because our girlie now knows how to articulate her wishes. Which she does with very, very great pleasure. But we’ve also done other things:
We lowered our mealtime expectations. No more everyday fancy, sorry inner Kate. Instead our weeknight dinners mostly consist of things like this One Pot Pea and Bacon Pasta or these Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Tacos. Easy is my kitchen’s new middle name.
Breakfast and lunch on weekdays are hardly ever hot meals, period. Sure, when I get bored of cream cheese on rye I might occasionally pull out the grill pan and make a Mushroom Triple Cheese Grilled Cheese. Because melty cheese just wins. But usually we’ll have homemade sunshine granola or muesli for breakfast and lots of colorful salads with simple sandwiches for lunch.
We got more organized in general. More adjusted to being parents. Em started being less needy. And all of us less sleep deprived. Which is something you really don’t have much control over, but it helped to the moon and back.
And with all of that working out better and better, I thought I could start making an effort towards our health and blitz up smoothies on a regular basis. It’s still mostly occasional, and mostly this particular banana mango smoothie. Because it’s about the only recipe I have memorized from way back when I was still young and not in need for as much concealer as I am these days.
Also, prep time is absolutely, entirely minimal. Baby steps, friends.
Let’s make a deal, right here and right now: You will make more smoothies for your family and I will make more smoothies for my family. And if our blenders are not broken by next week, we’ll make it a habit. You pick whatever schedule works for you: Once per day, once per week, once per month.
And let’s make it an Instagram party and share all those blended cold fruit beverages with each other! Tag me with #savorynothings, or get creative and use #SavorySmoothies. Whatever tickles your blender’s motor is fine with me.
And just in case you were wondering: Yes, the tantrum is over. Instead I have approximately 24 hot and sticky pounds sleeping on my chest. Someone needs a smoothie ASAP.
- 1 large ripe banana
- 2 cups frozen mango chunks, 300g
- 1 cup orange juice
- leave Juice of 1 lime (this is optional, the smoothie tastes great either way - just with a bit less tang if you it out)
- Place all ingredients in a high-power blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Nutrition (this is an estimate)
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