Looking for a creamy, satisfying banana-free smoothie? Look no further, because this smoothie is everything! Full disclosure: mango has never really been my thing, but a sale on organic mango at Whole Foods prompted me to give it another chance and I’m so glad I did. This smoothie is now part of my regular smoothie rotation.
One of the things I love about this smoothie is the fresh mint, it just gives it that extra something. For some reason, adding herbs to smoothies makes them seem fresher. Aside from taste, herbs are the embodiment of the saying food is medicine. Mint helps to stimulate the digestive enzymes that absorb nutrients from food and consume fat and turn it into energy. As if that weren’t enough, mint can also soothe indigestion. Ginger is great for this as well.
The recipe is adapted from a smoothie recipe from Nutrition Stripped. You know when you accidentally come upon a blog and when you start reading it you realize that the author is now your new idol – all in the course of 2 minutes? That’s what happened to me when I stumbled on nutritionist McKel Hill’s blog.
The original recipe called for cilantro and although I love cilantro, I know it can be a very polarizing herb. For those of you who don’t like cilantro, this recipe is just as good without it.
This smoothie is:
+ Perfectly Sweet
Looking for another banana-free smoothie? Try my Cherry Vanilla Smoothie – you’ll be glad you did.
A creamy, banana-free vegan smoothie. Super refreshing and tropical! Nutrient dense and easy to make!
- 1/2 c unsweetened coconut milk
- 1/2 c filtered water
- 1/2 mango
- big handful of organic spinach
- 1 Deglet Noor date, pitted
- 1/4 c raw cashews
- 1 tbsp fresh organic mint (I added ~5 mint leaves)
- 1/2 inch of fresh ginger (peeled)
- juice of 2 limes
- Optional: 2 tsp maca powder and/or your favorite vegan protein powder
- Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
- If you like your smoothies cold, you may want to add a few ice cubes before blending.
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