Mango Berry Smoothie – This yummy blueberry mango smoothie recipe is refreshing, light & delicious. The whole family loves it!
Last October, we started drinking a daily smoothie with our breakfast to help one of my kids meet some of their nutritional needs, and we’ve kept it going 6 months! After 6 months of daily smoothies, we’ve learned a thing or two, and one of those things is that variety is key.
We’ve been trying to mix things up (literally) by trying to sip a variety of colors during the week. Frozen fruit makes this easy, since it’s easy to keep it on hand, and one of our favorite combinations in the last few months has been this mango berry smoothie. Made from a mix of fruit, including mango, blueberry, and peach, it’s got bright, happy flavor, and lends itself well to adding smoothie boosts of all kinds.
Here’s all you need to get started on this mango blueberry smoothie recipe…
Here’s What You Need To Make A Mango Berry Smoothie:
- Frozen Blueberries. Packed with color and nutrients! My kids generally don’t *love* blueberries on their own, but they’ll happily sip them in a smoothie. I love what they add here!
- Frozen Mango. Sweet, creamy and luscious, frozen mango adds gorgeous flavor and color to smoothies!
- Orange Juice. My kids love any smoothie with orange juice! It adds acidity and citrus flavor that’s tough to beat.
- Spinach. Love squeezing some greens into smoothies! This one won’t even *look* green at the end, thanks to that berry color!
- Collagen Protein Or A Smoothie Boost. Adding some protein with collagen or protein powder helps balance the nutrient profile of the smoothie. Eating protein and fat with your carbs helps slow down their impact on your blood sugar, helps keep you full longer, and helps fuel your body and your day!
How To Make A Mango Berry Smoothie Step By Step:
- Add frozen blueberries and mango to a blender.
- Add spinach and collagen or protein powder/chia seeds, and orange juice.
- Blend until completely smooth, stopping to scrape down the edges of the blender or adding a splash of water, if needed to help it blend.
- Serve immediately or top with goodies, like berries, mango, and granola!
Our Favorite Smoothie Boosts To Add
- COLLAGEN PEPTIDES. My go-to smoothie boost is unflavored collagen peptides. This protein powder blends seamlessly into cold things, like smoothies, but can also be mixed into warm things, like soups & sauces. Collagen is gluten-free, dairy-free & paleo-approved, but isn’t vegan. If you need a vegan option…
- VEGAN PROTEIN POWDER. We’ve been enjoying the Simple Green Smoothie’s vegan protein powder, made from only chia, hemp, and flax. It can add a *slight* flavor in some smoothies, depending on how much you add, but it has basically no grit!
- CHIA SEEDS. Another vegan/paleo option is chia seeds. They add healthy fats, protein, and fiber to our blueberry mango smoothie, which help round out its nutrition profile.
- FLAX SEEDS. Or, you can go for flax. Flaxseeds are basically indigestible unless they’re ground, so I recommend buying pre ground flaxseed, which is easy to add to smoothies or granola, and can be used for making flax “eggs” in vegan baking.
- ZUCCHINI. It might sound odd, but adding just 1/2-1 cup of sliced zucchini can be another way to add veggies to your morning smoothie. Start small if you’re nervous, but you might be surprised just how undetectable it is!
FAQ + Tips And Tricks For The Best Mango Berry Smoothie:
Yummy Toppings To Try On Top Of This Smoothie. I love finishing my smoothies off with a few garnishes. This mango berry smoothie lends itself well to fresh berries, mango, or granola, but feel free to experiment with cacao nibs, chopped nuts, and more!
Our Favorite Blender. We’ve been using this blender for the last 9(!!!) years and it’s still going strong, even with almost 1900 blends under its belt! Ours is a refurbished model, and it’s held up like a charm. Buying refurbished can be a great way to save a little on a blender like this. Otherwise, check Costco & Sam’s Club which sometimes run specials.
Don’t Have A High-Speed Blender? Try This Trick! If you don’t have a high-speed blender, I recommend pureeing the orange juice and spinach until smooth before adding the frozen fruit and protein powder.
Is Frozen Fruit Less Healthy Than Fresh? In most cases, it’s a myth that frozen fruit is less healthy than fresh! Many frozen fruits are picked in-season and flash frozen within hours of picking, where the fresh fruits you find in the grocery stores have often been picked days or even weeks in advance, which can cause breakdown of some of their nutrients. Frozen fruit packed without added sugar is often nearly identical to fresh fruit in nutrients. It’s inexpensive, widely available & a great way to incorporate more fruit into your diet!