Our love-hate relationship with summer is nothing new. Each year, we wait for summer with bated breath, and once the heat becomes intolerable, we cannot wait for it to get over soon. However, throughout this spell, if there is one thing we are almost, always kicked about are the mangoes. Vibrant, pulpy and juicy, mangoes are India’s summer essential, and is consumed both raw and ripe. You can sneak them in your salads, cook with them, or blend them in smoothies. Mangoes lend a rich, sweet flavour to whatever it is added to – this is why perhaps we don’t leave a chance of including mangoes in our summer preparations. Thankfully, there are so many kinds of mangoes available in India throughout summer, that we do not have to worry about monotony either.
Smoothies have become the talk of the town, and looks like the trend is here to stay. And, why not? Is there anything simpler than blending together your favourite fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds to have a thick and luscious drink for yourself? Besides the room it leaves for experiment, makes it a hit among picky eaters too.
You can always customise your smoothie as per your liking, there is no ‘formula’ to the ideal smoothie. Take for instance, in this mango coconut smoothie, which packs the goodness of mango, coconut, oats, yogurt and sunflower seeds. It is enriched with protein, which is often called the building block of life. Moreover, it helps build muscle, aid muscle recovery and facilitate healthy weight management. Protein helps induce satiety. If you feel satiated, you would keep away from munching mindlessly, and thus eat in controlled portions. Practicing portion control is one of the key essentials for sustainable weight loss.
The smoothie is not sweetened with refined sugar, but instead it uses honey which is said to be a healthy substitute for sugar. Since mangoes are already so sweet, you do not need to add a lot of honey to your smoothie. And as we said, it is completely your call to omit or add more ingredients – it is your smoothie after all. Have fun blending!
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About Sushmita SenguptaSharing a strong penchant for food, Sushmita loves all things good, cheesy and greasy. Her other favourite pastime activities other than discussing food includes, reading, watching movies and binge-watching TV shows.