Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mango smoothie, or how the 69¢ mango became a million bucks

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Before I get to the miracle mango, a few thoughts... Right now, things are winding down after a few particularly busy weeks. We have an appointment tonight, but then the calm sets in, or at least should. Yesterday, we drove to Albany and back for a funeral and when we got home, we were both drained (leftovers for dinner). A little before 8, we sat down on the couch to watch TV and found nothing on, so we decided to watch Food, Inc. from our Netflix online queue.

Food, Inc., is a documentary I'd recommend, but not to the faint of heart. It's a very interesting view of the food industry in America, some of it a bit horrifying. As the film ended, we both questioned our own eating habits. Fortunately we're in far better shape than many others - we cook at home, using fresh ingredients. I eagerly await the summer farmer's market in town to get local produce. But one switch I haven't made is the switch from regular to organic meat. Food, Inc. helped me see just why the switch might be a good one, but even for a middle class couple like us, the price tags are pretty steep. But after watching the film, it's something I'll certainly be investigating further.


I'm sure lots of other foodies have seen the film, so curious what your thoughts are. Have you made the switch? Have you chosen selected organic products to use? Why? Please share your thoughts - I'd love to know.

Back to the mango... My local farm market had fresh mangoes on special for 69 cents so I grabbed a beauty and headed home. I love mango flavor but I've never been a big fan of the fruit on it's own. I decided a hot summer day called for a nice cool smoothie. It was cold, thick and just what the doctor ordered as temps rose into the 90s. One thing I love about smoothies (aside from the freakish power I feel as the blender does its thing) is their adaptability. They're a great way to use extra fruit and there are millions of possible combinations. I've got a pineapple in the fridge that's probably headed the same direction.

Bottom line, this one was delish! My inexpensive little mango became a late morning treat that tasted like a million bucks. Give it a try, or substitute your favorite fruit.

Mango Smoothie

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1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted and cubed, preferably cold
About 8-12 ice cubes (mine are small so I used 12)
juice of 1 lime
1/2 cup non-fat vanilla or plain yogurt
Slice of lime and a strawberry to garnish (optional)

Place the ice cubes, mango, lime juice and yogurt in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a tall chilled glass and garnish with lime and strawberry. Serve immediately.

Make 1 large or 2 small smoothies.

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Coco @ Opera Girl Cooks said...

Sounds like a mango lassi! I make these all the time, using frozen mango chunks from Trader Joe's. They are a time-saver, and very inexpensive!

Mo said...

My eating habits were fairly well-off before watching the film: I eat lots of veggies and cut all processed foods out of my diet, and love farmer's markets. But after watching I decided that I don't want to give money to big corporations who don't treat their animals well. This means that I now won't eat ANY animal products unless I know they came from animals that were raised organically and humanely. Frankly, it's actually cheaper this way. Meat is expensive and I know enough about nutrition to feed myself a well-rounded vegan diet if I have to. Then, on occasion, I'll pick up some organic cheese or meat, usually when they're on sale, and enjoy it. I don't eat yogurt or drink milk, but I do cook/bake with them and I've found generic organic brands to be sufficient so it's not very expensive. I don't miss it and really the only reason I don't just go vegetarian or vegan already is that I can't imagine never having meat or dairy products ever again. So I just use it in moderation instead, which is easier on the wallet and my conscious. :)
As for other organic foods, I try to eat organic when I can, especially with the foods very high in pesticides, but when conventional foods are safe to eat I buy them instead of organic. I know it'd be more environmentally friendly to buy everything organic, but sometimes I can't even afford the conventional stuff so how can I afford the organic ones?!

I'm super jealous that you snagged one for $0.69! Very rarely can I find them that cheap.
The smoothie looks delicious, especially with the addition of lime. :)

The Mom Chef said...

I haven't seen the film yet, no, but I have put our family on a healthier plan, using the farmer's market and making everything from scratch. I love the mango recipe!

Anonymous said...

Sounds yummy and just in time for the summer :)

Julie M. said...

King Corn is another good one to watch and of course Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dilemma, which is basically Food Inc. in book form. We haven't moved to organic meat but I have stopped eating red meat completely for well over a year now. The cow stuff just grossed me out way to much.

Your smoothie looks great! We love to drink them in this house.

Cooking with Kait said...

I still need to watch Food, Inc. Thanks for the reminder. This smoothie looks delicious.

The Housewife said...

I've been trying my best to eat organic and healthy but the cost factor sometimes is a huge deterrent. :( But on a more positive note, I love mangoes and your smoothie looks so refreshing!

Krystle said...

I'm sooo trying this mango smoothie. Looks yummie! Thanks for the recipe! =)

Magic of Spice said...

This looks amazing...very refreshing!

Tanantha @ I Just Love My Apron said...

This looks so good and refreshing! Perfect for summer

Kathy Gori said...

this looks great and I have a 79 cent mango just sitting on the counter with nothing to do!

Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said...

That looks so amazing and I bet it tastes even better! Just made a berry smoothie the other day and it reminded me of how much I love them. I am going to make this one for sure! Thank you for sharing!

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