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June: Mangoes


Mango is a great source of vitamin C—it has even more per serving than oranges! Vitamin C works to protect us from disease. Mangoes also help protect our eyes and are rich in fiber and potassium. Eating mangoes will aid your digestive system and help to keep your heart healthy.

Tropical Breeze Smoothie

Tropical Breeze Smoothie

1 to 1 1/2 cups of water or coconut water
1 cup of frozen mango
2 handfuls of baby spinach
1 handful of Swiss chard or kale
1 tablespoon ground flax seed
1/2 cup of fresh or frozen pineapple

Blend and enjoy. You can use water or coconut water in this recipe. (Note: not coconut milk, but coconut water. This smoothie should be more than sweet enough, but if you would like to add chunk or two of frozen banana, you can add it to sweeten things.)

Mucho Mango SalsaMucho Mango Salsa

2 mangoes
1 yellow bell pepper*
1/8 cup red onion
1/2 cup cilantro
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/2 teaspoon – cinnamon

*Peppers are part of the Environmental Working Group's "Dirty Dozen" and best to buy organic if possible.

Wash the pepper and peel the mango. Dice them, along with the onion, and chop cilantro. Transfer to a bowl and add lime juice and cinnamon, stirring well. Serve with whole grain tortilla chips or sliced veggies, or use as a delicious sandwich or salad topping!