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?
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Mango Smoothie Shots with Rum
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!
- 1 mango, peeled and cut into cubes
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
- ¼ cup white rum
- 2 TBS Malibu Rum
- ½ teaspoon 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
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Disclosure: Yes, the Mango Board sent me a box of mangos to enjoy, but the opinions I expressed in this post are 100% all mine. My family and I have been in love mangos long before I met the Mango Board!
One of my favorite fruits! That rum drink looks killer.
I wish mangoes would be available throughout the year! All your recipes look fantastic, Laura!
I love mango, but only on sweet preparations (or by itself), pity that it doesn’t grow in New Zealand :-(, when I go to South East Asia I eat tons of it!!!
Mangoes are great! One of my favorite fruits. And you can do so many things with them. And now you have me craving mangoes. Serious craving here. Luckily we’re going to be walking to the grocery store soon, so I’ll be able to take care of that! Fun post – thanks.
Since those delicious mangoes from Camp Blogaway, my family is craving more sweet mango-ness! Love all your creative recipes!
I have 8 mangos sitting on the countertop! You can bet I’ll be making at least one of these recipes! We love mangos!
Darn it, I have to wait for the seasons to change 🙁 ! Love mangoes to bits too, of course! Love the idea of the coleslaw and the stirfry [yup, stupid me! have not tried!], and., very much that gorgeous mango-rum smoothie! But can one beat standing at the kitchen sink making an utter little piggie of oneself just eating it as it comes . . . . ?
Fantastic collection of mango recipes!! I love mango but unfortunately really good ones can be hard to find here.
Wow, so many mango dishes! I love the idea of using mango in scones – never thought of that :-). And the mango rum smoothies look gorgeous! Beautiful post!
I still haven’t written about camp blogaway! Argh. I keep meaniing too, but something else gets in the way. I was going to do a post tomorrow but the day got away on me and it’s going to have to be a shorter post. Love all your mango recipes. Thanks for “featuring” me manhandling a mango 😉
Wow, you got a lot more mileage out of your mangos than I did. I don’t know where they all went. Someone must have just eaten them… (Looks nervously over shoulder)
But seriously, I love all of these! Great seeing you at camp! xoxo
So funny… I have a Mango Slaw on my list of things to make for tomorrow. We are big mango fans here!
I love all these mango recipes, Laura! The mango-rum smoothie, the protein shake, the sorbet – they all look delicious! I love mangos in a salad with grilled shrimp, raspberries, and a raspberry vinaigrette.
Mango and shrimp is soooo good!!
Laura!! Wow I love this post with many mango recipes!! We love mangoes too and so happy they are in season! I need to cut mangoes to a perfection like you did! I can eat mangoes all day long… with your recipe, looks like we can eat mango all day long start from mango protein shake for breakfast, smoothies and cole slaw for lunch, and scones for snack, and chicken, ice cream, and cocktail for dinner! I want to pin this but Pinterest is not working… hope to remember to pin it later… Thank you for trying the chicken teriyaki… Read more »
Your teriyaki sauce is my go-to recipe and the family loves it because it’s not overly sweeet. You definitely have to try it with mangos!
Yikes, my mango colada goes up this weekend – but it is different than yours. What a rich post – so much work here…Your photos make me drool!
Mmmm… mango colada! Now I’m singing that song, “Do you like piña coladas?”