You know how if there are bananas on the counter getting too soft you put them in the freezer and (intend to) bake with them? I did a similar trick with mangoes lately.
I had 2 very ripe mangoes that I knew were not going to get eaten but hated to see then go to waste: How to use them?
Once peeled and chopped, I dropped them into the blender and puréed the fruit. After pouring the thick liquid into an ice tray, I put it in the freezer.
And now I have a container of frozen mango cubes ready to be added to smoothies.
If the manogoes had been a little firmer I would have done the same as far as saving the fruit, but instead of pureeing, just cubed, placed in the freezer on a parchment-lined sheet pan and once solid, stored in a freezer bag or the like. But this fruit was past that point.
And the bonus about adding mango to smoothies is that the texture of the fruit helps to thicken the the mix, making the drink, well, smoother, if you will. Yogurt and berries alone are okay. But adding mango (or banana) binds the other ingredients, resulting in a creamier snack. Even if you don’t use yogurt.
I often make smoothies a part of breakfast for my kids during the school year because they aren’t big on eating breakfast first thing in the morning; they prefer days off when breakfast can be at 10:30am. That’s when they’re ready to eat. I’m the same, so I understand that. But most days are school days and I want to make sure they’ve started off with more in their stomachs than a small handful of dry cereal.
So I make smoothies probably once a week.
Typically I keep a bag or two of frozen fruit in the freezer. I find that most grocery stores sell a few popular varieties of both mixed and single type berries, as well as a tropical mix, mango chunks, pineapple pieces and some sort of summer medley including peach slices. But more than that, these bags of frozen fruit are constantly on sale!
Fruit that was frozen at its freshest, in the small size I need for the blender? A more economical option than buying fresh berries out of season – and they will keep until I need them? Yes, please.
I usually just toss the ingredients into the blender without measuring. (Who has time for that during the breakfast circus?) But I have measured before, so following is a base guide for breakfast smoothies. Mix and match the fruits you like – or have. Add a little juice for another fruit flavour. Or a spoon of peanut butter if you want a little more protein.
(My) basic breakfast smoothies:
Banana-berry; Tropical Mango; Summer Berry;
- 1 banana, chopped into 3 or 4 pieces; fresh or frozen (if it’s been frozen with the skin on, just use a paring knife to trim off the skin)
- 1-2 cups frozen berries/fruit pieces
- 1/2 cup plain (not flavoured) yogurt
- milk (probably 1/2 a cup, but you have to see how it goes: it depends on the other ingredients and on how thick you like the smoothies)
Puree everything until the blender continues pulling the mix in a steady stream, adding more liquid if you want a thinner drink. That’s it.