Posted: Jul 04, 2013 8:00 AM
 
Mangos, papayas and bananas! Oh my! Summer is the season fruit lovers dream of and it's finally here. Load up your reusable grocery bags with your favorite tropical fruits and dust off the blender. It's time to whip up some tropical smoothies the whole family will love. Don't forget the umbrella.

Fresh fruit smoothies are the ultimate treat during the hot summer months. Not only are they a refreshing drink but they are also packed with vitamins and nutrients your body needs. Plus, kids love them!

allParenting Mango smoothie

Mango smoothie

Serves 1 

Mangos have become one of the most popular fruits on the planet — and for good reason. They are sweet in taste with a soft, pulpy texture that adds creaminess to smoothies. Mangos are high in vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, niacin and fiber. They are the definitely the shining star in this simple yet satisfying mango smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango, cut into chunks
  • 1/2 freshly squeezed lime
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of Himalayan pink salt
  • Coconut water
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until desired consistency, adding more coconut water as needed.
  3. Pour into glass and enjoy!

allParenting Pineapple ginger smoothie

Pineapple ginger smoothie

Serves 1

Pineapples can be found in most grocery stores all year long, but they are best in summer months. Full of manganese, vitamin C and potassium, pineapples are a healthy addition to sweeten any smoothie.

Ginger helps stimulate blood flow and increases nutrient absorption in the body. Its warm, spicy flavor is the perfect complement to the sweetness of the pineapple in this tropical fruit smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • 1 generous cup pineapple cubes
  • 1 pear, sliced
  • 1/4 to 1/2 piece freshly peeled ginger
  • Coconut water
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until desired consistency, adding more coconut water as needed.
  3. Pour into glass and enjoy!

allParenting The Creamy Papaya smoothie

The Creamy Papaya

Serves 1

Rumors state that Christopher Columbus dubbed papayas the “fruit of the angels” after trying them for the first time. With a sweet taste, creamy texture and loads of nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium, it's hard to disagree with Columbus. While most people only consume the ripe fruit, papaya seeds can also be eaten and are said to have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects in the body. The seeds have a spicy flavor similar to black pepper so be careful when adding them to your smoothie recipes.

Ingredients:

  • 1 papaya, deseeded and cut into chunks (include a spoonful of papaya seeds only if you want a spicier smoothie)
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon dried, unsweetened coconut shavings
  • 1 freshly squeezed lime
  • Almond milk
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until desired consistency, adding more almond milk as needed.
  3. Pour into glass and enjoy!

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