Mmmm…I love mangoes. My children love mangoes. They fight over who mom really bought the mango for. I wish we could grow mangoes in the backyard.

Here’s a question I’ve been starting to ask whenever I eat something: Is it nutrient dense?

Those snack size cheese pringles I ate yesterday – just because they were in front of me! – gave me absolutely nothing nutritionally. What they did do, was tell my brain that I wanted more. Because neuroscientists have engineered our food to make it addictive. I’m on to ya, suckas!

Anyway, mangoes are not pringles. Since you pick them off a tree and eat them in their whole form, It’s no surprise that they are chock full of nutrition:

  • Skin: mangoes clear pores and eliminate pimples
  • Vitamin C
  • Fiber
  • Vitamin E: healing!
  • Vitamin B: hormone production
  • Immune System Boost
  • Vitamin A: eye health!
  • Potassium and Magnesium
  • Gut Health: everything is tied to the gut
  • Antioxidants: fights the cancer!
  • Low glycemic index
  • Alkalization: acidity creates body inflammation

mangoCut on either side of seed to get two halves. Slice in chunks and use a knife to scrape into blender.

What’s even cooler? You can eat the seed! Skip the above step and just peel the whole mango and plop right into the Vitamix. No waste! More nutrition. Yes.

Now that we’re all agreed that mangoes are the way to go in life, here’s the Mango Beauty Smoothie that you can drink or use as a facial mask tonight. And then lick off 🙂

Mango Beauty Smoothie

  1. 1 Cup Water
  2. 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
  3. 1 Green Apple
  4. 1 Large Carrot (scrubbed, not peeled)
  5. 2 Large Mangoes (or try some frozen)
  6. 1/2 Avocado
  7. 1 Tbsp Hemp Seed

Blend it up! Use some ice if you like it really cold (I do!)

I didn’t list the other ingredient benefits, but with everything plant-based and nutrient dense, you’re bound to feel like a superstar. In this smoothie you have healthy fat (to add more, add some coconut oil), protein, and those much-needed carbohydrates for energy.

Know someone who might benefit? Please share!

Have a great weekend. I am already smiling because the sun is finally shining in New Hampshire xoxo.



  • Dana says:

    My daughter loves mangoes; I have two in my fridge right now. The smoothie looks great, although I think she prefers them in solid form. I have a mango cutter from Pampered Chef that makes it super easy to cut one by removing the seed (like an apple corer). It was one of those on a whim purchases that turned out to be great!

  • Tina Muir says:

    This looks wonderful! I LOVE mangos!!!! Yum! I have one I can use too, cant wait to try!

  • Dave says:

    Found your blog from the article on the Deseret News. Been scrolling through it and want to say you are an excellent writer. I am not Mormon but some of your posts brought tears to my eyes (and my wife’s too). Thank you for sharing your talent – and please tell your cousin congratulations. Sounds like you come from a wonderful family.

  • 4amWriter says:

    I love mangoes, but my kids aren’t wild about them. The downside is cutting them. I find that I waste a lot of the fruit around the seed. I didn’t know the seed wasn’t too hard to chop up in a blender. I’ll have to try that!

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