Mango is one of the best alternatives to bananas during your cleanse. It provides the thick, sweet, creamy texture that we all love as a base for smoothies, but it is cleanse-friendly. Bonus: its flavor will instantly transport you to a warm, sunny beach, no matter what the weather is outside!
Mango Helps Protect Your Eye Health
Mango is part of the drupe family, a type of fruit with outer fleshy meat surrounding a shell (along with olives and dates). Mangos are incredibly hydrating, making this smoothie bowl the perfect way to start your day. They are also rich in fiber. The combination of fiber and water make mangos incredible for digestion. They help remove waste from the body, keeping bloat at bay. Mangos contain an important nutrient called beta-carotene, found in carrots, papaya, and pumpkin. Beta-carotene is wonderful for skin health, eye health, and protecting immunity.
Coconut Yogurt Is A Great Replacement For Dairy
We remove dairy from the diet while cleansing, since it can cause inflammation, digestive issues, and is a common intolerance for many people. Instead, we've used unsweetened, plain coconut yogurt. Most coconut yogurts are high in vitamin B-12, a common deficiency for vegans and vegetarians, making it the perfect addition to a plant-based diet. Like regular yogurt, coconut yogurt contains live cultures and good-for-you bacteria to help maintain healthy gut flora. Be sure to choose a brand that is carrageenan-free. Carrageenan is often used in dairy-free milk and yogurts to help thicken and emulsify but recently has been linked to digestion and bowel problems.
Mint Can Really Aid Your Digestion
We love the mint in this recipe for its refreshing flavor twist. Mint is incredible for digestion and bloating since it increases bile secretion and encourages bile flow, helping waste flow through the body so the body can successfully remove toxins. It has also been shown to soothe upset stomachs and indigestion.
2 cups frozen mango
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut yogurt
1/4 cup mint
1/2 lime, juiced
1/2 cup coconut milk
Step 1: Prepare toppings for smoothie bowl. Thinly slice kiwi (optional to remove skin), remove stems from mint, and wedge limes.
Step 2: Juice lime directly into the blender. Add all other ingredients to blender, only adding half of the coconut milk to begin. Blend on high, slowly adding milk if necessary. You want to keep liquid to a minimum to keep the smoothie very thick.
Step 3: Pour mixture evenly between two bowls. Add desired toppings and serve immediately!
Recipe and photography by Kaitlyn Noble
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