Cool down with a fruit smoothie!

I like to start my mornings with a smoothie. It’s especially refreshing when the weather is hot or just after a workout.

On a Daniel Fast, making a smoothie is a great way to enjoy the mouth-watering fruit God has given us. If you’re brave, you can add vegetables as well to make a green smoothie. Now before you wrinkle up your nose at the thought, hear me out! Green smoothies are not as bad as you might think! They’re actually quite good. The sweetness of the fruit is usually so overpowering that you can’t taste most greens (unless they’re especially pungent, such as with arugula).

Blueberry Mango Smoothie tastes like a Hawaiian drink you’d sip on the beach. It’s satisfying and filling, and your body will be energized by the vast array of nutrients it provides.

 
blueberry-mango smoothie

 

Blueberry Mango Smoothie

1 cup water or unasweetened almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, or soy milk
1 cup fresh or frozen mango chunks
1 fresh or frozen banana, peeled, sliced
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal, optional
1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Yield: 1 serving (serving size: about 8 ounces or 1 cup)

Recipe Notes

    • Make sure at least one fruit is frozen to have a chilled smoothie. You can also use ice.
    • To freeze bananas, remove peels before placing in freezer. Put in a plastic zip-top bag until completely frozen.
    • Pour into popsicle molds for a tasty treat!
    • Make this recipe into a “green” smoothie by adding 1 cup chopped kale or spinach leaves.
    • Add 1 teaspoon spirulina powder. Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids (antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage). It contain B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid).
    • Flaxseed meal is a powder made from ground flaxseeds. It is high in fiber and a good source of Omega-3 fatty acids.

Comments

  1. I Love it! Is sooo good!! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. We are trying it today. We will see how it goes with the kids!

  3. What’s the best way to store this if I want to make ahead of time?

    • Smoothies taste best when consumed immediately. However, you can store this mixture in the refrigerator for a few hours, but you’ll probably have some separation with the ingredients. You can always put it back into the blender to thicken it up. Sometimes we freeze smoothies and make popsicles out of them, so that’s another idea for you.

  4. What does the flaxseed taste like?

    • It doesn’t really have a taste. I like to add it in recipes because it’s high in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, as well as phytochemicals called lignans. One tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains 2 grams of polyunsaturated fatty acids (includes the omega 3s) and 2 grams of dietary fiber and 37 calories.

  5. Kristen, a lot of recipes call for date honey but I can’t find it anywhere! Any replacement for the date honey?

    • Patti, any time you see Date Honey listed on my website in the ingredients list, it should be underlined. That means if you click on it, the link will take you to the recipe. But here it is: Date Honey.

  6. Dana Bowers says:

    What does this recipe yield? I may have just missed it in the instructions.. Thanks so much