Prepare yourself for a smoothing that is bursting with flavor and vitamin C. This drink uses fresh orange juice as the base and adds sweet tropical pineapple and mango. The fresh flavor will wake up your taste buds in the morning.
There is a wide scale of vitamins and minerals in this smoothie thanks to all of the fruit. The most prevalent by far is the high vitamin C content. With orange and mango and pineapple all providing vitamin C, you will be receiving well over 100 percent of the daily requirement, which is great for several reasons.
Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant that fights free radicals, slows down the aging process, and decreases the risk of cancer and heart disease. Furthermore, the vitamin supports the production of collagen, keeping your skin healthy and preventing sun damage.
In addition, pineapples and mangoes contain a high dose of fiber. Fiber aids in proper digestion and reduces high cholesterol levels, as well as guards against heart disease. Also good for the heart is the potassium in mangoes, which helps to regulate blood pressure.
By themselves, mangoes supply a significant amount of vitamin A. This vitamin, besides supporting the immune system, is essential for eye health by reducing the risk of macular degeneration and cataracts. Plus mangoes are an important source of folate and vitamin B6.
Pineapples provide almost the entire daily requirement of manganese, which aids in developing strong bones and maintaining your metabolism. The fruit is also a source of the enzyme bromelain, which reduces inflammation and helps to alleviate arthritis and joint pain.
Both pineapples and mangoes are included in this smoothie in frozen form. This makes it easier to enjoy the smoothie at any time of year. Feel free of course to use fresh fruit instead, just make sure to add ice to get a cold smoothie. Start your day with a bright burst of fruit in the form of this tropical smoothie.
1/2 cup diced frozen mango
1/2 cup diced frozen pineapple
1 cup orange juice
1/4 cup Greek yogurt
1. In a large cup (if using an immersion blender) or a blender, combine ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more orange juice if necessary to reach desired consistency. Serve immediately.
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