Tropical Mango & Arugula Smoothie Recipe – Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie!
Anyone who’s a smoothie fan has their go-to ingredients for delicious sweetness and maximum nutrition. But, if we JUST stick with these classic ingredients, we miss out on a world of wholesome foods and tasty flavors. Change up your routine with this tropical mango and arugula smoothie recipe!
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Forget Salad—Get your Leafy Greens in a Smoothie
Fruit and vegetable smoothies give us a great opportunity to sneak all kinds of different, nutritious foods into our diet that we might not eat otherwise. Spinach is just ONE popular choice! This mango & arugula smoothie features a unique leafy green that you don’t often see in smoothies.
Arugula contains many of the same nutrients as spinach, like vitamin K, vitamin A, and folate. And it even contains more calcium per serving than spinach. Plus, arugula is known for the isothiocyanates that it contains—special chemical compounds that can help fight off inflammation and even cancer!
Mango to the MAX
We can also go beyond the classic frozen bananas for sweetness and creaminess in smoothies. This mango & arugula smoothie is just as scrumptiously sweet as any recipe using bananas—maybe even sweeter!
A ripe mango actually contains more sugar per serving than a ripe banana, making this mango & arugula smoothie taste like a tropical dessert. And, mango is thick and dense, making for a perfectly creamy texture.
I recommend using frozen mango in this tropical arugula smoothie for the best results! Plus, swapping out banana for mango means we’re getting a greater variety of nutrients in our diet.
By weight, mango gives us four times as much vitamin C and twenty times as much vitamin A in comparison to bananas!
Just Add Coconut Water: Ultra-Tropical AND Nutritious!
To really capture that tropical flavor, this mango & arugula smoothie also uses coconut water as its liquid base instead of milk or water. Not only is the mild flavor delicious, but coconut water adds a dose of satiating fats.
That includes coconut’s MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides)—a unique type of fat that can be used immediately for energy, and the body is less likely to store it as fat.
And, combined with the wholesome fats from the avocado, this arugula smoothie recipe is ultra-creamy, so satisfying, and fuel-filled! It’s truly MANGOnificent!