Friends and friends,
We are gathering here today to take a look at this random, yet intriguing, smoothie recipe that we found on thepkpway.com some time ago.
We are also thinking about making this a series, which focuses on attempting online recipes. Hopefully, you will find some insights from our first-hand experience. Drop us a comment if this was at anyway helpful. We’d really appreciate that.
That being said, this was the first time we had conducted such session. Mistakes were bound to happen, so excuse us if you can.
Enough said! We roll in!
We deliberately chose a simple recipe to go about so us lazy creatures can all follow without extensive instructions. We might as well spend most of our attention to something else, such as FACTS!
Banana is without a doubt among the most popular food and the potassium powerhouses. You know what that means: relief from stroke, high blood pressure, heart and kidney disorders, and anxiety and stress; it helps enhance muscle strength, metabolism, water balance, electrolytic functions, and the nervous system.
Banana contains a moderate amount of dietary fiber, vitamin C and vitamin B6. You can’t really go wrong with a few cuts of banana in your drink. The only concern is the sugar amount, but the recipe takes only ¼ cups (32g) so i’m guessing we’re good.
Liking the recipe so far, nutrition-wise.
Looking at the nutrient table by the USDA, you can easily see where most of health boost effects from mangos come from. Even though one mango is loaded with calories, a considerable supply of vitamin A and C comes along as well.
While vitamin A found in mangos are beneficial to eyes health, vitamin C plays a different role in promoting a healthy immune system.
The downside here once again stands to be judged: sugar. I would say you should take a quick look at the sugar content of both bananas and mangos to decide for yourself if it’s okay with your diet.
Orange juice benefits
This particular extract is no strangers to us human. It remains the most common juice in human history for decades. I doubt that I have to talk much about this one, even none at all.
The author of the article from The PKP Way also mentioned that she chose this seed as an optional choice to protein powder, which I think is pretty clever.
Because of its protein-rich nature, quinoa has become a common alternative to wheat or rice. Plus, it also contributes decent levels of calcium, magnesium and manganese to the recipe.
The best thing is it doesn’t taste as bad as I first looked at it. It has a delicate and slightly nutty taste when cooked and husks removed, which makes it acceptable to be put in our drink.
Let us here from the team confess something: we did not weigh the ingredient exactly to the recipe. As you may well know now, we are a collection of lazy men and women. So, we went with rough estimations.
Don’t judge …
First, we put one peeled and diced small fresh mango (about 120g) + half a peeled and sliced banana in the freezer compartment of our fridge. The recipe says to make them frozen so we decided to keep them in there for at least 2 hours.
Oh, and we mostly used stamped knives to cut up the fruit and veggies. If you are curious about stamped or forged knives at all then have a read here.
Next, we prepped the quinoa. We were not able to buy the Success® Quinoa. Fortunately, we managed to find some in one of the local stores.
We tossed about 2 tablespoons of the seed in boiling water. After a while, the husks started to crack and a thin, white covering appeared. About 3 minutes after that, we poured the seeds out on to a strainer and wash the left-over husks off.
Then, we juiced one orange. ¾ cup of orange juice is about 96g.
So it’s one small orange.
After the ½ banana and whole mango froze, we took em out, put everything in the blender and started blending, until it seemed drinkable.
“Surprisingly delicious” was the initial thought of mine and some after we’d had a taste. Given the fact that we mostly estimated the quantity, the final mixture didn’t feel unbalanced. In fact, it tasted quite lovely overall.
Some of our members, however, prefered a slight adjustment to the density.
We recommend less orange juice. Half an orange would do, for a thicker consistency.
Mango Quinoa Smoothie Recipe
Yield 1 pint-sized jar
It was surprisingly delicious, given the fact that we only estimated the quantity, refreshing and with interesting texture thanks to the quinoa.
- 1/4 cup sliced frozen banana
- 3/4 cup diced frozen mango
- 1 bag Success® Quinoa, cooked and cooled
- 3/4 cup orange juice
How to Make
- In a one-pint mason jar, add the banana, mango, 1/4 cup quinoa, and orange juice.
- Fit with a blender blade and blend on high until desired texture.
Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.73 g
Sodium 1.7 mg
Total Carbohydrates 40.5 g
Dietary Fiber 5.52 g
Sugars 31.8 g
Protein 2.41 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.