This Mango Spinach Smoothie combines the tropical sweetness of mango, the vibrant green goodness of spinach, and the creaminess of a banana, creating a harmonious fusion of flavors.
Packed with antioxidants and boasting a delightful dose of protein (thanks to the addition of vanilla protein powder), this smoothie smoothie satisfies your sweet tooth while providing a nutritious start to your day.
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I love starting my busy mornings with a smoothie that not only satisfies my sweet tooth but also provides a well balanced choice. And one of my absolute favorites is the refreshing Mango Spinach Smoothie.
This yummy blend combines the tropical flavors of mango and banana with the freshness of spinach, creating a deliciously balanced flavor profile.
It’s an easy breakfast and a great way to kickstart your day because it’s not only filling and delicious but also packed with protein and nutrients that make it a great alternative to traditional high carb or sugar-laden breakfast.
What You’ll Love About This Recipe
You’ll need the following ingredients to make this Mango Spinach Smoothie Recipe:
Mango & Banana: Using frozen fruit will give your smoothie a thicker, creamier texture.
Fresh Baby Spinach: Spinach is great for smoothies! It blends well into smoothies, adding a boost of nutrients without overpowering the taste of the other ingredients.
Almond Extract: This is optional but it will give your smoothie a really yummy taste. Almond extract is strong, so a little goes a long way.
Almond Milk: I like using the vanilla unsweetened almond milk but any milk will work.
How to make a Healthy Mango Spinach Smoothie: Step by Step
Here are quick visual instructions. Be sure to check out the full instructions with exact ingredients in the printable recipe card below.
Step 1: Place all ingredients into a blender.
Step 2: Blend until fully combined and smooth with a creamy texture.
Step 3: Pour into your glass and top with sliced fresh banana, mango, or almonds if desired.
Freeze Your Fruit: To make your smoothie extra cold and creamy, make sure to use frozen fruit. You can buy pre-frozen fruit or freeze your own. For bananas, peel and slice them before freezing.
Blend Greens First: To ensure your spinach is fully blended into the smoothie and doesn’t leave any chunks, try blending it with the almond milk before adding the rest of your ingredients.
Use a High-Powered Blender: If you have one, a high-powered blender such as a Vitamix) will provide the smoothest, creamiest results.
Adjust to Taste: Feel free to adjust the quantities of each ingredient to suit your taste. Like it sweeter? Add a bit more mango. Want more protein? Add an extra half scoop of protein powder.
Additions, Substitutions, and Variations
Milk Alternatives: If you’re not a fan of almond milk, you can substitute it with other non-dairy milks like soy milk, oat milk, or coconut milk. Even dairy milk works if you prefer it and have no dietary restrictions.
Protein Powder: Feel free to use a different flavor of protein powder, or substitute it with Greek yogurt or silken tofu if you prefer a natural source of protein.
Different Greens: If you don’t have spinach, you could substitute it with other leafy greens like kale or chard. Just be aware that stronger greens like kale might give the smoothie a slightly different flavor.
Nut Butter: Add a spoonful of your favorite nut butter (like almond or peanut butter) for added creaminess and a dose of healthy fats.
Yogurt: For extra creaminess and protein, add a scoop of Greek yogurt.
Chia or Flax Seeds: Adding a tablespoon of chia or flax seeds to your smoothie can provide a boost of healthy omega-3 fats and fiber.
Tropical Twist: Add some frozen pineapple or coconut milk for a tropical spin on the smoothie.
Berry Bliss: Swap the mango for frozen mixed berries for a Berry Spinach Smoothie.
Pineapple Juice: Add a splash of pineapple juice to your Mango Spinach Smoothie for a tropical twist. The tangy sweetness of pineapple complements the mango and spinach, creating a refreshing and exotic flavor combination.
Orange Juice: Swap a portion of the almond milk with fresh orange juice to infuse your smoothie with a bright citrusy flavor. The zesty notes of orange perfectly complement the sweetness of mango and add a refreshing burst to your smoothie.
Coconut Water: For a touch of tropical indulgence, try replacing some or all of the almond milk with coconut water. It brings a gentle, natural sweetness to the Mango Spinach Smoothie and infuses a delicate hint of coconut flavor.
This recipe has not been tested with other substitutions or variations. If you decide to replace or add any ingredients, please let me know how it turned out in the comments below…I would love to hear how it turned out.
How To Make A Smoothie Bowl
Transform your Green Mango Smoothie into a delicious smoothie bowl by making a few adjustments. Here’s how:
Thicker Consistency: To achieve a thick smoothie bowl consistency, reduce the amount of almond milk slightly. Start with 3/4 of a cup and add more as needed while blending until you reach the desired thickness.
Toppings Galore: Pour your thickened smoothie into a bowl and get creative with toppings. Add sliced fruits like fresh berries, kiwi, or banana, along with granola, shredded coconut, chia seeds, or a drizzle of nut butter for extra flavor, texture, and nutritional variety.
Enjoy with a Spoon: Instead of drinking your smoothie, use a spoon to enjoy your smoothie bowl. This allows you to savor each bite, providing a more satisfying and mindful eating experience.
How to Make a Smoothie Without Banana
While bananas add creaminess and natural sweetness to smoothies, they’re not the only option. If you’re looking to make a smoothie without banana, you can substitute it with other ingredients to maintain the same creaminess:
Frozen Cauliflower: It might sound unusual, but frozen cauliflower can add creaminess to your smoothie without affecting the taste much. Plus, it’s a great way to sneak in extra veggies!
Frozen Zucchini: Similarly, frozen zucchini adds bulk and creaminess to your smoothie without adding a strong flavor. Make sure to cut the zucchini into chunks and freeze them beforehand for easy blending.
Avocado: Avocados, with their rich, buttery texture and high content of healthy fats, make an excellent choice for adding creaminess to your smoothie. Plus, they are packed with fiber and various essential nutrients, making your smoothie more filling and nutritious.
Cottage Cheese: High in protein and creamy in texture, cottage cheese can make your smoothie thick and filling. Additionally, its mildly tangy flavor can add an interesting twist to your smoothie, balancing out the sweetness of other ingredients
All of these options are low in sugar, making them excellent choices if you’re looking to reduce the overall sugar content of your smoothie. Just remember to add a bit of sweetness from other sources, like a drizzle of honey or a handful of sweet berries, if desired.
Storage & Freezing Tips
While smoothies taste best immediately after blending, you can still enjoy the leftovers later on. Here’s how I’ve managed to store any extra in the fridge and freezer:
Refrigerating the Smoothie:
Air-tight storage: If you have a little smoothie leftover, pour it into an air-tight container or bottle and pop it in the fridge. This will help keep it as fresh as possible.
Quick Consumption: Try to consume the leftover smoothie within 24 hours. If it separates, which is natural, just give it a shake or pop it back in the blender before sipping.
Prepping and Freezing:
Smoothie Packs: If you prefer to prep your smoothie in advance, you can freeze the mango, banana, and spinach together in freezer bags or containers. When you’re in the mood for a smoothie, just take a pack from the freezer, add your protein powder, almond extract, and almond milk, and blend it up.
Freezing Leftover Smoothie: If you find you’ve made too much smoothie, try freezing the leftovers in ice cube trays. These smoothie cubes can be used in future blends, providing both chill and flavor without diluting your smoothie like ice might.
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Mango Spinach Smoothie
- 1/2 cup frozen mango
- 1 frozen banana sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh spinach
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1/4 tsp almond extract optional
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk
- Place all ingredients into a blender.
- Blend until fully combined and smooth.
- Pour into your glass and top with sliced fresh banana, mango, or almonds if desired.
- To make your smoothie extra cold and creamy, make sure to use frozen fruit. You can buy pre-frozen fruit or freeze your own. For bananas, peel and slice them before freezing.
- If you have one, a high-powered blender such as a Vitamix) will provide the smoothest, creamiest results.
- Feel free to adjust the quantities of each ingredient to suit your taste. Like it sweeter? Add a bit more mango. Want more protein? Add an extra half scoop of protein powder.
Please note that the nutritional information provided for each recipe is an estimate sourced from the My Fitness Pal database. It’s important to be aware that the nutritional content may vary depending on the specific products used, the accuracy of measurements, and the reliability of the nutrition data source. While we strive to provide accurate information, we cannot guarantee the exact accuracy of the nutritional information provided.