Creamy Dreamy Mango Pineapple Sunshine Smoothie is a nutrient-packed, delicious drink that can be enjoyed first thing in the day or anytime you need a boost of energy, vitality, or something beautiful to nourish yourself with!
Vegan, No Added Sugar, and Gluten-Free
I hope you’re all having a wonderful Friday so far. Before the weekend reaches us, I thought I’d share a new recipe with you that’s part of a special feature this month on SoFabFood.
Creamy, Dreamy Mango Pineapple Sunshine Smoothie is one of my latest favorite recipes because I have been ALL about the oranges the last month.
Navel oranges are so much better when they’re in season and are packed with potassium, vitamin C, soluble fiber, water, and the same type of special fiber found in apples: pectin. Pectin helps eliminate bad cholesterol out of the body and is great for heart health as well as digestive health.
Oranges are also a great source of folate—a crucial B vitamin for women— and they’re a wonderful source of plant-based calcium, containing almost 10% of your daily needs in just one orange.
But an orange smoothie alone? Ehh, not so much. A bit watery, too sour, and a little bland if you ask me. While I love eating my oranges, I thought it would be fun to create a special recipe with them too!
Creamy, Dreamy Mango Pineapple Sunshine Smoothie also features pineapple, a super anti-inflammatory fruit that’s packed with vitamin C and bromelain, a digestive enzyme that helps break down protein in the body and relieves inflammation as well as aids in digestion.
I also included a little non-dairy milk for a boost of creaminess (unsweetened or light soy, almond, cashew or coconut milk all work well here) and frozen mangoes for a delicious flavor and even more nutrition. Mango is packed with prebiotics, a special type of nutrient that feeds good bacteria in the digestive tract; they’re also rich in vitamin C, soluble fiber, and beta-carotene, a form of vitamin A. I love mangoes for beauty purposes as well; they really brighten up the skin and also support collagen production naturally due to their high vitamin C and vitamin A levels.
Finally, I provided the option of adding a touch of plant-based protein powder (such as Vega One) for more staying power, as well as a light garnish of unsweetened coconut flakes. Feel free to leave both of these out since this smoothie is completely delicious, even without them. I like using Silk light soy milk for natural protein, especially since Silk produces a non-GMO, clean-sourced variety of soy milk that works for my body. You can use any variety of non-dairy milk you like, though!
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- ½ cup frozen mango
- 1 cup unsweetened or light soy or almond milk (choose non-GMO brands, such as Silk)
- ½ an orange, peel removed and sliced into cubes
- Optional for more protein if desired: 2 tablespoons of vanilla plant-based protein powder
- Garnish: Orange slices and unsweetened coconut flakes for garnish
- Add all of the ingredients to the blender in the order listed.
- Blend on low, then progress to high. The smoothie should be thick and creamy and fully blended which takes my smoothies about 10-15 seconds.
- Using a spatula, scoop the smoothie into your favorite smoothie glass and top with a fresh orange slice as well as a tsp. of coconut flakes if desired, or just eat it plain!.
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This recipe first appeared at SoFabFood where I contribute recipes from time to time. See it here!