Beauty Smoothie: Strawberry-Mango Lava Flow

It’s…strawberry season! Which prompts large vats of strawberry smoothie creations. This very night we are having a smoothie party because we are fun like that.

Here’s a latest and greatest: The Strawberry-Mango Lava Flow, inspired by Blogging Over Thyme (cute name, cute culinary chef).

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It’s sweet, it’s light, it’s ever so delicious! Lucky us, June is here and soon we’l be able to pick our own strawberries.

All winter I’ve been using store-bought or frozen. It works, but the taste of fresh-picked is hands-down superior.

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Mangos are in season somewhere close…the prices have come way down!DSC_0248 DSC_0574 The layer look is fun, so you’re going to start by pureeing 6 or so strawberries and pouring into the bottom of two glasses. On a side note, foodie bloggers always have cute straws. I think I need cute straws.

Then you’ll make a smoothie out of the rest of ingredients.

DSC_0602If you wait too long by taking too many pictures, the colors start to swirl and whirl.strawberrymangoWithout further delay:

Strawberry-Mango Lava Flow

6+ Strawberries (puree and pour into glasses)

Blend:

1/2 Cup Light Coconut Milk

1/2 Cup Full-fat Plain Greek Yogurt (my preference is full-fat)

1 Frozen Banana

1 Mango

1/2 tsp Vanilla

1 tsp Coconut Oil

Pour on top of strawberry puree for two very distinct colors that taste marvelous together. Top with fresh strawberries.

Why do I use full-fat greek yogurt? I stopped buying skim milk and no-fat yogurt awhile ago after reading and listening to Dr. Cate Shanahan. We need fat and if we don’t get it from good sources (dairy, fish, nuts, coconut oil), we’re going to crave it from another source – and in America, we’re eating a lot of bad fats (hot wings! twinkies! crackers! all of which I love :()

I’ve noticed an immediate difference. Now, when I eat full-fat or 2% greek yogurt and fruit for lunch, I’m actually FULL. My body gets great fat, high protein, and fantastic carbs – a full meal that keeps me full until a mid-afternoon snack with the kids.

Why do I call these smoothies, “Beauty Smoothies”? Because of the amazing benefits to the body. Coconut oil and unsweetened coconut milk are both used in this recipe and have fat. Gasp! Yes, FAT! Fat is our friend. The right fats (like coconut oil) are wonderful for the skin, hair, and nails.

Every morning I have a smoothie and a peanut butter sandwich. I feel full and have energy. Oh, the magical of it all!

Strawberries and mangoes are so delicious and have huge amounts of vitamin A and C (more beauty benefits!)

Because the fruit is whole and not juiced, you’re going to get a lot of fiber. So even though this smoothie does not have any vegetables like my smoothies usually do, the fiber and fat will not be burned so quickly and you won’t have a huge spike in blood sugar as you would if you were drinking only the juice from these fruits or a commercially-made smoothie.

You must try…enjoy the Strawberry-Mango Lava Flow!

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Happy Weekend!

 

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