Green mango Bliss

You want a smoothie that tickles your tongue and makes you go "giggity"?

Then you came to the right place!

A quick & lazy version is included of this wholesome & blissful concoction.

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 300 g leafy greens*

  • 600 g ripe sweet mango

  • 1 - 2 tbsp  flaxseed meal

  • 60 g coconut shreds**

Notes:

* Greens 

What kind of greens should I use?

Greens lower in oxalates are preferred. 

Oxalates are antinutrients, that are present in high quantities in greens like, Swiss chard, beet greens and spinach. Minimize these.

If you often make smoothies, minimize spinach for smoothies. It's very easy to consume large amounts of oxalates with spinach.  Large quantities of oxalates can lead to a variety of health issues in some people. We will go into more detail in a future article.

Kale, bok choy, cabbage, endive, lettuce, purslane, collard greens, mustard greens, etc. are all good to use.

If using lettuce, boil for 10 seconds only, otherwise it will discolor. Kale may need a few minutes longer, unless it's cut into small pieces

Why boil the greens, should I not add them raw?

If you boil greens, some vitamins will partly leach into the cooking water. You could also steam them or boil them with less water. The big advantage of cooking the greens first is two-fold:​

  1. You can add larger quantities (a host of nutrients don't leach out into the cooking water)

  2. The taste of the smoothie will be MUCH MILDER. in other words: you have the goodness of greens without their sometimes overpowering flavor.

** Coconut shreds 

If you have really fine coconut shreds, which resembles flour, then you don't have to blend it...

...unless you enjoy blending.

Mix the water and coconut shreds with a fork or spoon instead.

Instructions (easy no layers):

You either don't care about layers or you're just taking the easy way out. Either way, you'll be done in a giggity.

Since all flavors will be mixed from the get-go, this easy and lazy version might even taste better...

  1. Prepare veggies according to 'Instructions for 3 layers' down below.

  2. Add all ingredients to the blender; veggies and mango first.

  3. Press some buttons on the blender until it goes blend.

  4. It may look like green sludge -- that's what you get for being lazy -- but it will taste like heaven's sludge so no worries.

 Instructions (for 3 layers):

Preparation

  1. Get out your greens. (Look at the "Notes" section to see what greens are most suitable)

  2. Wash them well and cut them up.

  3. Boil or steam the veggies for 1 or 2 minutes, until vegetables are soft. Why boil or steam? Good question, check the “Notes” section.

  4. While the veggies are being 'heat treated', pick a (few) ripe juicy mango(s) and remove the skin and seed(s).

  5. Divide the mango flesh into two parts. You don't need a weighing scale for this, but if you are obsessed with numbers, go right ahead. 

  6. If you forgot about the veggies, they will definately be soft now. Cool them off under running water and drain any excess water.

Layer 1:

  1. Add veggies and half of the mango to the blender.

  2. Blend until smooth.

  3. Add the flaxseed meal for some Omega 3's and to make it a little thicker even. Blend again for a few seconds. 

  4. Pour the content in 2 glasses of 250 ml. It's not going to pour out easily (none of the layers will), so be prepared to scrape it out. Using your hand, is probably easiest. Just don't forget to wash it first. If you have long dirty nails...don't even think about trying you dirty son of a gun. Clip those monsters first.

Layer 2:

  1. Give the blender a quick rinse and add the other half of the mango.

  2. Blend the mango without any additional water. We want it to be thick so it can hold the top layer.

  3. Once you transformed the mango into a puree, add it on top of the first layer.

Layer 3:

  1. Add your coconut shreds to the blender.**

  2. If you switch on the blender right now, you'll notice how coconut shreds flying around like little snowflakes in a snowstorm. 

  3. Since this serves absolutely no purpose, let's start adding some water. Take about a 100 ml of water and slowly pour it in the ongoing snowstorm.

  4. If you find there is no mixing happening after adding the water, slowly add more until it mixes. It depends on the blender you use. Just don't go overboard with the water, otherwise the coconut mixture will get too thin.

  5. When you're done pour the top layer on top of the other layers.

You are ready to experience ecstasy now. 

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