Kiwi Mango Smoothie: Loaded with healthy fruits and vegetables (and a fair serving of fiber!) this smoothie is a great way to start your day.
Over the weekend, my diet was not what it should have been. Fried chicken, pizza, mozzarella sticks, popcorn, and ice cream. That and a kale salad pretty much covers what I ate on Friday and Saturday. Worst part was, I went wedding dress shopping in the middle of it all! You would think that putting on a white dress would make you put down the fried chicken, but it didn’t quite work that way.
Instead of beating myself up over it all, I decided to make a real effort in the week ahead to make smart choices for my diet. I have about 2 weeks until I place the order for the dress and if I can stick to healthy eating now I have confidence that I’ll stick with it until my big day.
I’m not doing it to get skinny, but for the added benefits that come with it. I sleep better, I feel better, my skin and hair look better, and I feel better about myself. If I drop a couple pounds in the process, great, but if not that’s okay too.
To kickstart my health conscious week I gathered some of my favorite fruits make a smoothie. I love smoothies for those mornings when I don’t really feel like eating. Those are the worst for me. I won’t be hungry and can’t justify eating something large, so I skip breakfast. Next thing I know, it’s 12:30 and I’m not just hungry, I’m starving. I end up overeating at lunch and the rest of the day goes downhill from there.
Choosing fiber rich fruits and vegetables means that even though this smoothie has under 150 calories, it will takes longer to digest so I feel fuller longer. There is no added sugar and no juice in this smoothie, which helps to keep that calorie count lower.
Now, I am not in the camp that believes a calorie is a calorie. I am in the camp that believes a calorie from a fruit or vegetable will be treated differently by your body than one that comes from refined sugar.
No, I’m not bashing sugar, I love my occasional sweets. Remember? I ate ice cream over the weekend and shared that recipe for the amazing lemon creme brulee a couple weeks ago.
Sugar isn’t necessarily the enemy, but it’s how we consume those sugars that makes a difference. In this smoothie, I used all fresh fruit which makes it sweet enough on it’s own without adding sugar, honey, or maple syrup.
You can also use frozen fruit for this kiwi mango smoothie, if that’s your preference. Also, if you think it needs to be a bit sweeter, but all means make changes. If you are wondering how I got those kiwis perfectly peeled without bruising them, it’s thanks to my Kuhn Rikon Y-Peeler. It’s cheap and makes quick work of any peeling task.
If you have a fancy blender that really purees smoothies, I’m a bit jealous, as mine left this one a bit less than perfectly smooth. If you have one you are loyal to, please tell me about it!
Regardless, the taste and smell of this kiwi mango smoothie is wonderful. If you like your smoothies really frosty, use ice instead of the water. I like the water, only because I drink it faster.
Bonus: it’s dairy free, gluten free, and vegan friendly if you’re into those kinds of things!
What’s your favorite kind of smoothie? Do you have a fancy blender that makes amazing smoothies? If you do, please share below!!
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Kiwi Mango Smoothie
Kiwi Mango Smoothie
- 1 medium sized kiwi
- 2 - 3 medium strawberries
- 1/2 cup of mango chunks
- 1/2 banana
- 15 leaves of baby spinach
- 1/2 tsp chia seeds
- 1/2 cup of water or ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy immediately.