When Chris Kattan's "Saturday Night Live" character Mango asked, "Can you say to a rainbow, 'Hey, stop being a rainbow for a second'? No! Such is Mango!" he was being an ol' smoothie, touting his magnificence - and rightly so.
Mangoes are a super fruit, containing more than 20 vitamins and minerals: One 7-ounce mango contains 96 percent of your daily dose of vitamin C, 32 percent of vitamin A, and 4 g of fiber.
And the nutrients in mangoes can help boost your bone health and digestion, lower the risk for colon cancer and help prevent macular degeneration.
But for a real super summer smoothie, try introducing mangoes to mint and papaya!
-Peel (wash first) and dice two mangoes.
-Grab some fresh mint-for its anti-inflammatory powers and wonderful flavor. It contains rosmarinic acid, which helps relieve seasonal allergies. Chop the mint leaves finely so you have at least 2 tablespoons.
-Next, peel and remove seeds from one papaya (wash this first, too); cut the flesh into chunks. This creamy fruit delivers lycopene and folate as well as vitamins A and C. Papaya also contains an enzyme called papain that helps digest proteins, and lowers your chance of feeling tired after a meal.
-Put the ingredients in a blender. You can add 1/2 to 1 cup nonfat, no-sugar-added Greek yogurt (optional); 2 cups ice cubes; 1-2 cups fresh orange juice with pulp. Combine until desired consistency; you'll get 2-3 servings.
Now go take that 60-minute walk around your neighborhood. You're all fueled up.
© 2014 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
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