Start your day with a sunny, tropical immune-boosting mango smoothie. With mango, cashew yogurt, turmeric and orange, this sweet and refreshing mango smoothie recipe is the perfect way to boost your health.
Ingredients + health benefits of a mango smoothie
When it comes to keeping your immune system healthy, this nutritionally dense mango smoothie is just what your body needs. It’s packed with powerful antioxidants like vitamin C, and also contains anti-inflammatory compounds from the turmeric. Enjoy it for breakfast, as a healthy snack or as a refreshing post-workout treat.
Mango– Mangos are packed with beta-carotene, which has protective effects against skin cancer. Mango also contains vitamin A, C, folate and potassium.
Orange– Oranges are an excellent source vitamin C, which supports a healthy immune system. Oranges are also a good source for fiber, which is associated with digestive health and weight loss. It also serves as some extra liquid in this mango smoothie.
Turmeric– Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties due to the active compound curcumin. The strong medicinal effects of turmeric work at the molecular level to tame inflammation that leads to diseases like heart disease, cancer, metabolic syndrome, and Alzheimer’s. With a beautiful golden color, turmeric delivers powerful antioxidants for boosting your immune system. This recipe only calls for ½ teaspoon, so you won’t taste the turmeric in this smoothie but will still get the health benefits. You can swap out the dried powdered turmeric for fresh turmeric in this mango smoothie. Use about a ½ tablespoon-sized knob. Peel first, then grate it before adding to the blender.
Cashew yogurt: The cashew yogurt in this mango smoothie is packed with live active probiotics, as well as plant-based protein. Enhance your gut microbiota and boost your immune system as you sip on this smoothie. Cashew yogurt also contains heart-healthy fats and keeps you full for hours.
Cashew milk: I use cashew milk (and I make it myself!) as an alternative to dairy. It adds a creamy thickness + irresistible nutty flavor to this mango smoothie. Cashews contain heart-healthy fats, folate and magnesuim.
Fresh vs frozen mango?
Personally, I typically buy frozen mango from Costco, because the price can’t be beat. Yet if it’s on sale, or fresh from a market, then I’ll spring for non-frozen. If you’re using a fresh mango, then I’ve got some tips to help you easily peel + core for this mango smoothie.
How to cut a mango
Make sure your mango is ripe but still firm. It should have a little give when you squeeze it lightly. Wash and dry the mango before cutting it.
- With one hand, stand the mango on its end with the stem side down. The pit is located in the center of the mango, and has a slightly flat oval shape. Cut along each side of the pit from the top down, separating the mango flesh from the pit. You should now have two mango “boats” or halves that are separated from the pit.
- With one mango half, use a sharp knife and make both lengthwise and crosswise cuts in the flesh about ½ inch apart (otherwise known as scoring the flesh), being careful not to cut through the peel. Invert the mango half by pushing up on the peel side of the mango half. The segments that you cut should be raised and look similar to a hedgehog. Repeat with the other mango half.
- Use a small paring knife to separate the mango flesh from the peel. You’ll end up with cut mango flesh segments on the cutting board. Discard the peel.
- There will still be some flesh on the pit. Lay the pit flat on a cutting board and use a paring knife to cut the flesh from the pit. Then cut the flesh from the peel. Discard the peel and pit. Now you’re ready to add this to your mango smoothie!
How much does one mango yield?
It all depends on the size of the mango. A small mango may only yield ½ to 1 cup of mango flesh. Yet I’ve been able to get 2 full cups out of some mangos! If using fresh, it’s okay to eyeball the measurement before adding it to your mango smoothie. The more mango, the better, right?!
Mango smoothie recipe
Add the cashew milk, cashew yogurt, mango, orange and turmeric to the blender. Blend until smooth. Add more cashew milk or water for a thinner consistency. Unlike green smoothies, this smoothie doesn’t have leafy greens that need to be chopped up before adding other ingredients. So don’t be afraid to toss all the ingredients in at once.
Thick, creamy and tropical, this nourishing mango smoothie recipe is the perfect way to start your day! Enjoy this smoothie often during cold and flu season for a healthy immune boost!
More smoothies with mango
I could probably add mango to any smoothie I make, I love it that much! Here are a few more of my fav smoothie recipes with mango:
- Mango orange smoothie
- Strawberry mango smoothie
- Sweet potato smoothie with mango
- Kale mango smoothie
- Cilantro mango detox smoothie
Did you sneak in some leafy greens when you blended this mango smoothie, or did you blend as-is? Leave a comment + review and let me know what you thought!Print