Brighten up your morning with this sweet but balanced mango protein smoothie. With just four ingredients, it makes a nutritious breakfast or snack to fuel your day.
Reasons to Love This Recipe
Frozen mango is an underrated food. Honestly, I sometimes eat little morsels out of a bowl as a snack. It’s cool, refreshing, and firm, which lends itself nicely to smoothies. Adding frozen mango makes your smoothies both tangy and velvety smooth.
This smoothie includes just four ingredients (including our friend, the mango), which makes it easy to throw together during a busy morning.
Even though it’s a slightly sweet and fruity smoothie, it also has protein to keep you full and satisfied. (Because no one wants to be hungry thirty minutes after eating breakfast.)
You may be wondering, “What’s so great about mango?”
Other than the fact that it’s juicy, tangy, and downright delectable, it’s also nutritious!
Mango contains some fiber to help with digestion, but things really start to get impressive when you look at its micronutrient profile. One cup of mango (the amount in this smoothie) contains:
- 67% of the daily value for vitamin C, which helps with immunity and skin health
- 20% of the daily value for copper, a mineral that helps your immune system, bones, verves, and blood vessels stay healthy
- 18% of the daily value for folate, which helps your body make DNA
- 12% of the daily value for vitamin B6, an important nutrient for immune and nervous system function
- Use fresh mango: Although frozen is the best option for smoothies (it’s affordable, it can be kept on hand longer, and it makes your drink colder and thicker), you can also use fresh mango. Just add a handful of ice cubes.
- Try with a different type of frozen fruit: Any tropical fruit will work nicely with the mango and vanilla in this recipe. Try pineapple, banana, or papaya.
- Use a different type of juice: No mango juice? No problem! You can omit it and add more milk, or swap in another yellow or orange-colored juice. Pineapple juice or a juice mix like this one from Bolthouse Farms or this one from V8 would work.
- Make with a different type of milk: You can use dairy milk or any plant-based milk in this recipe.
- Use a different type of protein powder: Use any vanilla-flavored protein you prefer, but keep in mind that your smoothie may have a different consistency, especially if you use certain plant-based powders, which can sometimes be chalky or gritty.
- Make without protein powder: Use only 1 cup of your milk and add 1 cup of yogurt.
Mango Protein Smoothie
- 1 cup frozen mango
- ¼ cup mango juice
- 1 cup vanilla soy milk (or your favorite type of milk)
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder (see recipe notes for other varieties)
- Add ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Add more milk or juice as needed to achieve your desired consistency. Pour and enjoy!
- Please note that nutrition facts are an estimate and can vary widely based on amounts and specific types used.
- Blend time and the amount of milk you’ll need may vary based on what blender you have. (I have a Breville Super Q.) Adjust as needed to achieve your desired consistency.
- Your smoothie may have a different consistency if you use a different type of protein powder (especially plant-based powders, which can sometimes be chalky or gritty).