Smoothies aren’t just for breakfast, and mango smoothie shots with rum make a fun cocktail to cool off at the end of the day. The base recipe can be served to kids and spike the rest for Mom and Dad!
To say that my family is crazy about mangos is an understatement. So when I returned from my Camp Blogaway weekend and told them we were going to receive a box of fresh mangos in the mail from the Mango Board, my babies thought I was Super Mom!
One of their favorite ways to enjoy mangos is to eat them straight up. I cut the mangos in half and remove the seed. Then I score each mango half to make a checkerboard pattern, don’t cut it all the way through. The last step is to turn the mango inside out and out pops the flower.
Are mangoes healthy?
I already knew about how nutritious mangos are, so here are some amazing facts I want to share with you about the mango:
- One serving of mangos provides 100% of your daily vitamin C and 35% of your vitamin A.
- Mangos provide 12% of your daily dietary fiber.
- Mangos contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals.
- One cup of mangos is just 100 calories and it is fat free, sodium free and cholesterol free.
How do you know if your mango is ripe?
One of the key things I learned about the mango, my light bulb moment, was that the color of the mango’s skin does not tell you if a mango is ripe or not. You can have a ripe, green mango and it tastes the same as a red-skinned ripe mango.
We also learned about how you can use an “unripe” mango in your cooking and baking, as well as the ripe ones. The sweetness of the mango intensifies the riper it gets, but a hard mango is just as edible as a soft one.
Mango smoothie recipes
When you receive a box of mangos, you find that they will ripen all about the same time. So I had to get crackin’ with my mango recipes! Smoothies are a huge hit in my house, so that was a no-brainer.
You can make smoothies with just one fruit or a combination of fruits. I always add a ripe banana because it adds sweetness to the smoothie. If I want the mango flavor to really be prominent, I do not add any other fruits to the smoothie.
Spinach doesn’t add much flavor to smoothies, but it sure does add nutrition – and look at that beautiful green color!
Do I have to use milk in my smoothie?
When you have kids, you always have milk in the fridge so it is usually my go-to liquid for my kids’ smoothies. You can use low fat or full fat milk, either is fine. For this mango smoothie I use Greek yogurt. For a non-dairy option, you can use almond or coconut milk.
If you are making boozy mango rum smoothie shots, add a little bit of Malibu rum to the mix. You can also use spiced rum or regular rum. Rum and mangos were really made for each other. You’ll love these boozy smoothie shots, especially in the summer when it’s hot and you want to cool off with something delicious and fun!
More mango recipes
I mixed in mangos in my coleslaw and it was heavenly!
And my no churn mango sorbet is always a big favorite in our house.
Alas, my mangos are all eaten. But, lucky for us, it’s mango season and we can find them at the grocery store – and typically on sale, too!
What’s your favorite way to eat a mango?
- 1 mango, peeled and cut into cubes
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup white rum
- 2 TBS Malibu Rum
- ½ tsp diced candied ginger
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
- Pour into desired glasses and serve with straws or small spoons.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 123Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 15gProtein: 6g