Smoothies featuring mango

Tropical Turmeric Smoothie

Tropical Turmeric SmoothieThis smoothie exemplifies one of my favorite aspects of smoothies. Creating an absolutely delicious drink containing a number of healthy ingredients that you wouldn’t normally consume individually, unless you like to gag :)

Turmeric is a “super spice” in my book, with health benefits that are vast and various. While I’ve been cooking with it for years, I just recently started adding it into my smoothies, with much success.

Here’s why “hiding” a little turmeric in your smoothies is such a great idea.

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Young Thai Coconut Smoothie

Young Thai Coconut SmoothieWhile picking up produce at my local food co-op yesterday I noticed something out of the ordinary on the extras table – a dozen or so young Thai coconuts. It was a first for the co-op and a treat I hadn’t had in a while; so naturally I grabbed one.

Young Thai coconuts our best known for their delicious electrolyte rich water, but also contain a little meat. You can make coconut milk blending the water and meat, which is perfect for smoothies. Here’s a few of the health benefits of young Thai coconuts.

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Tropical Cilantro Smoothie

Tropical Cilantro SmoothieI got a big bunch of cilantro from my local food co-op this week and have been using it liberally in my salads, omelets, and of course smoothies. A small green leafy herb that’s often used to garnish, don’t take cilantro lightly, it packs a hefty nutritional punch.

In this day and age where we find ourselves bombarded by toxins from every direction it’s important to get enough detoxification agents into our diet.

Cilantro is best known for its ability to detoxify heavy metals, in particular mercury from the body. Studies have shown that consuming large amounts of cilantro daily can actually mobilize mercury and other toxic metals from the central nervous system, which is why cilantro is often used with other herbs and supplements in chelation (removing heavy metals from the body) therapy.

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Avocado Mango Lime Smoothie

Avocado Mango Lime SmoothieYes, this smoothie does taste as good as its name would lead you to believe. Avocado, mango, and lime make a divine combination.

Avocados have become one of my favorite smoothie ingredients because they provide that staple smoothie creaminess I crave and love. They are a great source of healthy fats and an average avocado contains about 4 grams of protein. Avocados are also a good source of dietary fiber and high in vitamins K, C, B5, B6, folate, and potassium.

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Tropical Romaine Lettuce Green Smoothie

Tropical Romaine Lettuce Green SmoothieLettuce isn’t only for making salads, you can use it in your green smoothies as well. It’s low in calories, tastes good, and is easy to blend. A little pineapple, mango, banana, and romaine lettuce make for one delicious smoothie.

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Tropical Watermelon Smoothie

Tropical Watermelon SmoothieLooking to treat yourself with something delicious and nutritious? Try this refreshing watermelon smoothie. It’s perfect for dessert or to quench your thirst on a hot summer day.

With watermelon being the star ingredient of this smoothie, let’s touch on a few of the health benefits before getting to the recipe.

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