Takes Two to Mango Green Smoothie

 Drink up for heart health! Takes Two To Mango Green Smoothie | SimpleGreenSmoothies.com

February is American Heart Month. Put a little love in your heart by blending this mango green smoothie recipe!

At the heart of all of our recipes is peace, love, and leafy greens. And this smoothie is no exception. But I guess you could say we took it a little further by creating a recipe with heart health specifically in mind.

Protect Your Heart

Did you know that  in the United States, about 610,000 people die of heart disease every year? To put that into perspective, that’s 1 in every 4 deaths, making heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. “Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack.” It’s a sobering thought. (source)

Preventing heart disease should definitely be at the top of the list of reasons to eat healthier. And for more people, that doesn’t always mean excessive change – sometimes it’s the small changes that add up over time and have as great of an impact as the big things. A small change we made was as simple as blending up a green smoothie. And it led to making more changes. (We’re not there yet! Baby steps!)

Any of our green smoothie recipes are great for your body’s health, but we made this one especially for a heart-healthy boost by including oranges and rolled oats. Oats are high in dietary fiber and studies have shown that oats help lower bad cholesterol levels which can help prevent cardiovascular disease and stroke. And oranges contain plenty of soluble fiber, as well as flavonoids like hesperidin, both of which helps to prevent blocked arteries by reducing blood cholesterol levels. The high levels of vitamin C in oranges are great for the immune system. See what other foods are on our list of things to eat for heart health.

Green smoothies are a great way to get extra fruits and veggies, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and other nutrients into your day to keep your heart and body healthy.

Drink up for heart health! Takes Two To Mango Green Smoothie | SimpleGreenSmoothies.com

Psst! This mango green smoothie is great for your heart, so share it with someone you love!

Takes Two to Mango Green Smoothie

Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Give your heart a healthy boost with rolled oats and oranges in this green smoothie recipe. And don't forget to drink it with your special someone because it always takes two to "mango!"
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 cups frozen mango
  • 1 orange peeled
  • ¼ cup rolled oats

Instructions

  1. Blend spinach, orange, and water until smooth.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

*Use frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.

 

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64 Responses to “Takes Two to Mango Green Smoothie”

  1. Mary Pena 6.9.2015 at 8:37 pm #

    I have made the lucky green smoothie and totally enjoyed it. Are all these smoothies safe for a diabetic. How should I alter the ingredients in order to keep my sugars balanced.

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.10.2015 at 8:52 am #

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for reaching out to us. Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest that any member of our community with health concerns to speak with their healthcare provider to confirm that green smoothies and the natural sugars are okay for their eating plan. Here is a link to our favorite low sugar fruits:

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/low-sugar-fruits

  2. Doug 5.28.2015 at 9:05 pm #

    I noticed somebody talking about using gluten-free oats. I thought gluten was only present in wheat? What gives?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.29.2015 at 7:05 am #

      Hi Doug,

      Great question! The explanation is really very simple; oats are naturally gluten-free but are a rotation crop with wheat, barley and rye. As any farmer knows volunteer plants will grow here and there within the alternative crop if they have been planted in the field the previous year, which is exactly what happens. So the oats become contaminated with wheat, barley or rye in the field and with the harvesting and processing equipment that is also used to harvest and process those grains. In this scenario there is no way to prevent cross-contamination, therefore regular oats are not safe to eat on a gluten-free diet.

      For the gluten-intolerant, the only way to safely consume oats or oat products is to purchase certified gluten-free oats.

      Hope that answers your question!

      • Doug 5.29.2015 at 8:11 am #

        Hey, thanks for that response. Makes complete sense. Nothing is grown in complete isolation when it comes to production fields.

        One thing I’ve added to smoothies to give more protein is nutritional yeast. I haven’t noticed it in SGS recipes I’ve looked at so far. The flavor is fine to me but is not for everybody (but then I’ll choke down pretty much anything for health).

        By the bye, luv ur site!

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.29.2015 at 4:04 pm #

      Hi Doug,

      Your so welcome! Thanks for sharing about nutritional yeast, it’s a great addition to your diet!

      🙂

  3. Jessica 5.4.2015 at 12:50 pm #

    What are the nutrition facts for this specific smoothie? And how many calories is it?

    • SGS Rawkstar 5.4.2015 at 1:48 pm #

      Hi Jessica,

      We personally don’t count calories, so we don’t include them in our recipes at this time. You’ll find that when you consume more nourishing whole fruits and veggies, you will not only feel full longer, but you’ll also have lessened cravings for high-calorie, nutritionally empty foods. So in the end it balances out. But we know many people would like to have calorie info. Three great resources for tracking calories are Self Nutrition Data, and the phone apps: My Fitness Pal and Lose It (my personal favorite).

  4. Marta 4.22.2015 at 4:48 pm #

    Okay gotta try this recipe. Never thought of putting oats in my smoothie, how unique 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.22.2015 at 7:35 pm #

      Hi Marta,

      We love oats! They take a long time to digest. This means that they provide long-lasting energy and help you maintain a stable blood sugar. You can add dry oats, soaked oats or even cooked oats to your smoothie. We usually recommend adding 2 tbs dry oats, or 1/4 cup cooked oats to any green smoothie recipe.

      • dorisha 5.21.2015 at 8:53 am #

        What kind of oats do u sopose to get

      • SGS Rawkstar 5.22.2015 at 2:08 pm #

        Hi Dorisha,

        We love using rolled oats! 🙂

  5. Adam 4.20.2015 at 3:23 am #

    This site is great but you use a lot of spinach. I agree it is the best tasting green for smoothies but there is conflicting info as to whether the high level of oxalates can cause problems. What do you think?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.20.2015 at 8:02 am #

      Hi Adam,

      Great question!

      All raw leafy greens carry a small amount of toxins that protect plants from being entirely consumed by other animals—and wiping out the plant species. It’s a defensive trait, and something even we should be aware of. As humans, if we consume these toxins for long periods of time, they can build up and harm our thyroid. Some symptoms of alkaloid buildup are nausea, tingling in finger tips and fatigue. But before you dump your green smoothie down the drain, you should know that this isn’t anything to worry about as long as you are rotating your greens. Throughout the week, use a variety of leafy greens in your smoothies— like kale, spinach, romaine, herbs and carrot tops.

      http://simplegreensmoothies.com/rotate-your-greens

      • Heather 4.26.2015 at 11:25 am #

        I just made my first green smoothie! I didn’t follow this recipe exactly but threw some spinach, kale, avocado, frozen mango and coconut milk in my new Bella blender. Oh, and a small amount f dried unsweetened coconut flakes for texture. I can do this! I ended up adding water to it because it was actually thick enough to eat with a spoon! Can’t wait to do this again tomorrow! Thanks for your inspiration, I just joined your Fresh start 21 also! Loving the recipes!

  6. Jarrod 4.18.2015 at 9:51 am #

    Trying mangos in smoothies for the first time. When using fresh mangos, do you need to peel them?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.20.2015 at 7:48 am #

      Hi Jarrod,

      Yes, peel the mango prior to blending!

      Cheers 🙂

  7. Lillian 4.12.2015 at 4:54 am #

    Hi~ I can’t wait making this smoothie, but how should I process the rolled oats? Shall I boil it first?

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.14.2015 at 4:29 am #

      Hi Lillian,

      You can add dry oats, soaked oats or even cooked oats to your smoothie. I even like to toast mine before blendin’ it adds a great flavor! We usually recommend adding 2 tbs dry oats, or 1/4 cup cooked oats to any green smoothie recipe.

  8. Holly Griffith 3.28.2015 at 10:25 am #

    I liked this one. I added some pineapple juice because it needed a little sweetening in my opinion. It has been 60 mins since I drank it and I’m still really full. Nice!

  9. Niecy 3.24.2015 at 5:06 pm #

    Hi! Can the oats be replaced with muesli?

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.24.2015 at 7:33 pm #

      Of course!

  10. Karen 3.22.2015 at 9:01 pm #

    Ur it takes 2 types to mango smoothie requires an orange. But I’m allergic to oranges, what can I substitute for it?

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