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Guest Post & Mango Banana Smoothie Recipe

Interested in a simple easy way to improve your health and nutrition?  Juicing and making smoothies are a great way to get your daily nutrition in and create a healthy, delicious drink at the same time.  It's also an awesome way to get the kids to try new things and get their daily intake of healthy fruits and / or veggies.  Here's a great guest post and mango banana smoothie recipe from Chris Wimmer from HealthSmartLiving.com.

Benefits of Mango
Sometimes when something tastes so good you think it can’t possibly healthy. A good example of this is the Mango. They are a delicious rich fruit but don’t let the decedent taste fool you. Mangoes have been linked to several major health benefits.  They prevent cancer by supplying you antioxidants (quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, and gallic acid), lowers cholesterol because its rich in pectin, fiber, and vitamin C and boost your immune system with mega doses of vitamin A, C, and carotenoids.

Benefits to Smoothies
There are many great benefits to smoothies but my two personal favorites are improved hydration and the perfect on the go breakfast. Dehydration comes in variations and is often overlooked as the root cause of common symptoms. These symptoms include dry skin, headaches, constipation, dizziness, and sleepiness. We are especially at risk for dehydration in the summer so this is also the perfect time of year to enjoy smoothies as a smoothie contains a high percentage of water.

Breakfast on the go
Smoothies are way better than grabbing those convenience bars or (gasp) donut. With very little planning a smoothie can be whipped up as fast as a cup of coffee and enjoyed just as easily on the morning commute. The big difference is the smoothie will give you a power punching boost vs. most other ‘convenient’ breakfast options.

Ingredients
• 1 cup of peeled organic mango (cubed)
• 3/4 cup ripe organic banana (sliced)
• 2/3 cup organic fat-free milk.  You can use (Flax Seed milk or Almond milk as alternatives)
• 1 teaspoon organic, raw honey
• 1/4 teaspoon organic vanilla extract

Directions
Place mango cubes on a tray and put in the freezer for 1 hour. Cubes should be firm not rocks. Place frozen mango and the remaining ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth.  Enjoy!


Author Bio: Chris Wimmer writes and blogs at HealthSmartLiving.com about cooking and juicing as ways to improve your health.


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