Mango Parsley Green Smoothie

Simple & Cheap Green Smoothie

This simple mango and parsley green smoothie recipe is great any time of the year. My children love the sweet flavor of the mango, and the ingredients are quite inexpensive. The dark green parsley is full of nutrients, making this a great green smoothie for weight loss, weight gain, or just maintaining excellent health!

Parsley sprigs are available in almost every grocery store practically year round. They are some of the cheapest produce I see, at less than $1.00 a bunch any time of the year. Plain old curly parsley and Italian parsley are the most common types you will see.

Summers bring fresh red skinned mangoes to every produce department. I usually find them for about $1.00 each during mango season, sometimes cheaper at the farmers market. Frozen mango chunks can be found in the freezer aisle any time of year. They add an easy ingredient to keep on hand all the time.

This parsley and mango green smoothie recipe is a great one to pull out any time. It is cheap on the budget, a quick healthy treat for anyone, and a perfect toddler green smoothie recipe!

What IS That Thing?!

Mangoes! Adding Creaminess to Your Green Smoothies..

We first fell in love with mangoes when we found golden Champagne mangoes at a local farmers market when we lived in Mesa, AZ. We haven't been able to find them in a few years, and have started to look at regular mangoes.


We have learned how to pick out fresh ones... my youngest says they look sunburned when they are ripe. The green mangoes are only sour because they are not ripe. When they turn red, with bits of sunny yellow peeking through, they are soft and sweet.
We have seen how to cut a mango. You are supposed to slice it away from the pit, which is a thin long length in the middle.

But for whatever reason, we have been afraid of slicing up the regular mango.... maybe it is more of a silent protest of not being able to find the Champagne mango!

At this point we have grown to love the convenience of bags of frozen mangoes. There are always frozen mango chunks to be found in our freezer. They are fabulous for green smoothies, fruit smoothies, and even for making a vegan pudding or sorbet.

How To Cut A Mango

This is a simple task, that anyone can do!

I was stumped by how to cut into a mango the first time I brought one home. I had heard that there was a pit in the middle, had cut up Champagne mangoes, and was very familiar with fruit. Yet, when I hit the pit, and mangled my first mango, I was discouraged. The second attempt was no better, so I gave up fresh mangoes. I will admit that every so often we bring a gorgeous mango home from the store, and put it into the fruit basket. A week or so later we throw the mango into our compost pile after having warily avoided it while it silently went way past its prime....

This video shows how simple cutting a mango can actually be,
and encouraged me to try again.

Fresh vs. Frozen

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Tips For Your Keeping Your Parsley Sprigs

Want to keep your parsley fresh after you get it home from the grocery store? Try treating it like a bouquet! Trim the bottom of the stems, and put the whole bunch into a cup or jar filled with water!

If you are planning to use it up within 3-5 days, keep your jar of parsley in water on the table. if you are saving the other half for next week, you will want to put your jar of parsley back into the fridge. The cooler temperature helps it stay fresh longer.

Did you clean out the fridge and find your fresh parsley in the back... not looking so fresh anymore? This happens to me all the time. If I don't put my parsley into a "vase", it ends up dried up on the shelf , hidden behind something else. Even in this form, it is perfect for a green smoothie! Just add a little bit extra water to the blender to compensate!

Mango Parsley Green Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 a Mango (or 4-7 frozen chunks)
4-10 Sprigs of Parsley
2-4+ Cups of Water

Mango: Fresh is always best, but not always convenient. Use what you have available, and what you are comfortable with. I keep frozen mango chunks on hand at all times for a back up. Use about half a mango, or 4-7 frozen chunks.

Parsley: Pick any kind you want, and make sure to wash your frilly branches. Pull 4-10 sprigs out of your bunch to use. A bunch of parsley usually makes 3 or more smoothies for my family. You may want tear or cut your parsley sprigs in half or thirds before adding them into your blender.

Water:
2-4 Cups, depending on how thick you like your drinks. Make sure to add some water to facilitate the blender in processing the foods. Again, start where you are. If you want to use filtered water, it is recommended, but not necessary. If what you have available is tap water, than USE it! To keep your green smoothie colder, you may add ice as PART of your water. Ice is not recommended when you are using frozen mango... unless you want it to be a sorbet!

Blending Instructions:
Put all ingredients into a blender, and blend until smooth.
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5 comments

Anne 6 years ago

It was great...i used coconut water but will also use plain water at times...i will continue to make them..thanks


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Sparkle Chi 5 years ago from Chandler, AZ Author

I sometimes use coconut milk, or add coconut oil, to my smoothies. I like to vary my ingredients to reflect what I have on hand or what sounds good. Thanks for sharing!


Bett 4 years ago

Too much waste! Cut along the pit as closely as possible. I insert blade in middle, angled slightly outward. When I encounter the pit I angle blade just slightly more outward, then follow contour of pit, angling in a bit after I get to the middle, scraping the flesh off pit as much as I can.

Repeat on other side.

Trim flesh from top and bottom of pit using same technique.

Cut the two meaty halves into quarters lengthwise. Lay on cutting board skin downward. Insert blade of knife under skin at one end. Pushing downward with knife, run knife along under skin as close to board as possible. Angle blade as parallel to board as you can. Skin comes cleanly off, leaving only a fraction of an inch left. You can trim it again this way, taking off all but the very skin itself.

Voila, no waste, and some nice big bits of mango!!


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brakel2 4 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The smoothie sounds great and nutritious. I am used to a fruit smoothie with yogurt but will try anything. I have also heard of chopping kale and putting it in the smoothie for nutrition. You sound as if you try to eat healthy, and that is so great. You have answered some of my questions, so I decided to find you and read a hub. Your topics sound very interesting. It is a pleasure to find you on HubPages. Good luck.


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Sparkle Chi 4 years ago from Chandler, AZ Author

Thank you so much! I appreciate the return favor!

I do try to eat healthy. I have been interested in using nutrition as a method for healing for over twenty years, ever since my doctor told me that I do not absorb nutrition from pills.. I have found that eating healthy keeps me healthy, and when I choose unhealthy foods, I feel it quickly!

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