Green smoothie recipes are everywhere!! And for a good reason, they are amazing. One, a good green smoothie recipe is a great way to get your kids to eat a solid handful of leafy greens in the morning (or any time of day). My kids essentially feel like they are eating ice cream for breakfast. Two, you can pack all those goodies into a delicious tasting cup instead of skipping and grabbing donuts instead (note: we have NO problems with a donut breakfast over here). And three, there are just so many different flavors and recipes for green smoothies out there, it would be hard not to find one or two that you love the taste of. That being said, this is our absolute favorite.
Are green smoothies really that good for you?
While there is a lot of debate over whether green smoothies are good or bad, and I can’t speak for every single recipe out there, I believe they have benefits like the ones I’ve said above. They are great for getting those leafy greens into your body. Salads get tiring and no one really wants a salad for breakfast. You could, I guess, just take a handful of spinach straight to the face with your morning coffee, but you might as well just slap a “psychopath” label across your forehead. So what works? Green smoothie recipes.
So let’s break it down:
Green Smoothie Benefits:
Green smoothies are high in vitamins E and C as well as Iron, Fiber, and Antioxidants. All those leafy greens that are generally in green smoothies (they make it green after all), are loaded up with vitamins most people are deficient in. (I am not a doctor or a nutritionist- just talking about general stuff here, everyone is different).
Kids especially can commonly be anemic because they just don’t eat a lot of greens and iron rich foods. Enter this particular green smoothie recipe. We started making these almost every morning for my kids who turned out to be very low in Iron. A few months after letting them drink these smoothies with their breakfast most mornings, they were nice and “regular” and no longer anemic at all. So you can see, green smoothies can definitely have their place in your diet with big health benefits.
Fruit is also a super great way to start your day off. It has energy that will help you through the day, potassium, fiber, and vitamins and minerals loaded in it. Basically, it’s always good to have some fruit with your breakfast. Mango’s in particular are an amazing fruit. They help with digestion, gut health, lowering cholesterol… and so much more!
Cons of Green Smoothies:
Now the cons of green smoothies have more to do with how you use them and what your intent is with drinking them. The smoothies themselves are great for you. The problem comes when you start replacing meals with them, doing cleanses, thinking they will give you your weight loss goals on their own, etc.
I believe you should really listen to your body and eat intuitively. If drinking a green smoothie some mornings does not sound appealing, then don’t do it. If it gives you energy and makes you feel better then make one right now! Don’t think this is a one stop shop for suddenly being a perfectly healthy person. Not everything is perfectly healthy and not everything should be. Make a big pitcher of smoothie and drink as much as you want with your eggs and toast in the morning and save the rest for a different time. Don’t make it complicated for yourself. Obsessing over food is never healthy, treat a delicious green smoothie like this one as a delicious energy boosting treat that is going to treat your body well.
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Our Favorite Mango Green Smoothie Recipe
Now that we’ve covered those questions, let’s make the dang smoothie! In a food processor or blender combine one cup of frozen mangoes, one cup of Aloe juice (we get our from Thrive, keep reading to find out why), one cup of your favorite tropical juice (we use pineapple most often), one cup of spinach, and one cup chopped kale. Blend this all together until smooth. You may have to stop and go with this, mixing and scraping the sides, depending on the power of your blender. Add one more cup of frozen mangoes once that first part is blended fully, and blend all together until smooth. Add half of a teaspoon of ginger (optional) to give it a bit of a kick.
Benefits of drinking Aloe:
We add aloe vera juice to this mango green smoothie recipe because my husband and our kids tend to have a lot of digestion problems and aloe is really helpful for that in particular. Drinking Aloe helps with alkalinity (pH levels), hydration, constipation (like I said helped my kids with this a lot), and a few other benefits as well.
If you don’t have Aloe juice, you can get it from Thrive Market for a really good price. Otherwise you can also just add two cups of your favorite tropical juice (instead of the one) and skip the Aloe. But I highly recommend getting some!
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- 2 cups Frozen Mangoes (split for easier blending)
- 1 cup Aloe Vera Juice
- 1 cup Tropical Fruit Juice (pineapple, guava, etc...)
- 1 cup Spinach
- 1 cup Chopped Kale
- Optional: 1/2 tsp Ginger
- In a blender or food processor, blend 1 cup of frozen mangoes, kale, spinach, aloe juice and tropical fruit juice. Depending on the power of your blender, you may need to scrape the sides as you go and mix a few times to get everything incorporated.
- Once it's nice and smooth, add the last cup of frozen mangoes and the optional ginger and blend until smooth and done.
- Save whatever you don't drink in the fridge for a different day. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 110Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 81mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 21gProtein: 3g