Medicinal Mango Smoothie

Medicinal-Mango-SmoothieI’m always amazed at how smoothies have changed my life. They’ve become such an integral part of my daily lifestyle that I often joke with people that my two most important keys to happiness are daily walks and smoothies! The smoothie combinations are endless, which make them a great way to keep things feeling fresh and not getting into the same rut of always eating the same thing over and over again. This mango smoothie is one of my favorites and feels really healing in my body. I like to make it on a rainy or colder day here in Hawaii (yes that does happen here!) because it can be warming to my body, especially with the fresh ginger root in it. You can mix and match any fresh, raw ingredients that call to you! Have fun exploring what feels good to you in your body.

Kitchen Equipment for Raw Food Smoothies

For this easy-to-make raw food smoothie recipe, all you’ll need is a high-powered blender. I personally use and recommend the Vitamix Blender. I wrote a comparison review, comparing the Vitamix with the Blendtec that you can read here. A high-powered blender is one of the top 4 raw food kitchen tools I recommend stocking your kitchen with.

Medicinal Mango Smoothie Raw Ingredients

For this super magnesium rich smoothie, blend the following ingredients in a high-powered blender.

  • 4 bananas (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 mango
  • 1 inch knob of turmeric
  • 1/2 inch of fresh ginger
  • 1 leaf of aloe: Fillet the aloe, open it up with a sharp knife and scoop out the fresh inner gel of the aloe.
  • 1.5 cups of purified water or coconut water

Serve and enjoy!

Health Benefits of Medicinal Mango Smoothie

The health benefits of this super healing medicinal mango smoothie are many including:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Digestive aid
  • Circulatory stimulant

Because whole food raw smoothies are such an amazing source of water and fiber and are low in calories they naturally help keep weight levels in check.

Aloe Vera: Aloe is amazing. It can help improve digestion, alkalize and detoxify the body and help boost the immune system. Read more about the top 12 benefits of aloe vera here. It’s also great for clearing up skin problems. (If you struggle with skin troubles, check out my article on 5 plant-based homemade facial remedies for radiant skin as well as my clear skin juice recipe.

Turmeric: Turmeric, also known as Olena here in Hawaii is another all-time favorite medicinal plant that I love to consume quite regularly. We happen to grow it here on our land, so we have quite abundant amounts of this potent herb. Turmeric is also great for the skin, is a powerful anti-inflammatory as well as a potent liver detoxifier. Check out my article on the top 7 health benefits of turmeric.

Ginger root: Ginger is considered to be a warming food because it can help boost blood circulation. It’s also known to help prevent colds and flus, and I notice that whenever I do get sick, ginger is one of the first medicinal plants I reach for. It can also help prevent motion sickness and can help reduce pain and inflammation.

Mango: Besides being one of the most delicious foods I’ve ever tasted, mangoes are high in beta-carotene,  can help improve digestion as well as prevent cancer due to its high anti-oxidant properties.

Bananas: Bananas constitute such a large portion of my daily diet. They are a great source of fiber, potassium and magnesium and can help relieve depression due to their high levels of tryptophan.

Enjoy!

Aloha from the Big Island of Hawaii!

Laura Dawn, Author of Unhooked: A Holistic Approach to Ending Your Struggle with Food as well as Mindful Eating for Dummies.

One response to “Medicinal Mango Smoothie”

  1. Hi Laura,
    Not sure how I got here but so glad I found your site.

    So many great recipes for my morning smoothie.

    Will be back

    Cheers
    Bryan

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