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Scorching Weather is Here, Never Fear – Go Bananas for Mangos With the Most Refreshing Drink of the Year!

Hello moms! It is finally July and with the weather becoming scorching hot, it has become harder to motivate kids to go outside to have fun. I recently had a few cousins over for a summer reunion brunch, and I had noticed that their children either sat in the shade or chugged glass after glass of sugar-filled iced tea. Rather than give into their desperate pleas of providing ice-cream or more iced-tea and soda, I decided to do something new and fun by blending together a few fruits for a sweet, healthy, and cooling drink that, in the end, the children and adults all loved.

The best aspect of fruit smoothies in the summer is that you are providing your family a cool drink that is almost dessert-like, but is packed full of antioxidants and nutrients that kids often substitute with sugar and artificial flavors during this time of year. Furthermore, it is super easy to whip up – all you need is fruit and a blender!

This banana-mango smoothie recipe is perfect for these hot days, and great for entertaining guests at any outdoor occasion, especially with July 4th coming up!

What you will need:

  • 1 ripe mango
  • 1 large banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup orange juice

Let’s get started:

  • Peel and slice your mango and banana into equal chunks. This ensures for smooth blending later on.
  • Throw the mango and banana slices into the blender and let it blend for about 20-30 seconds. Make sure that the texture is smooth.
  • Add in the frozen berries and continue to blend until the berries are thoroughly incorporated.
  • Add the orange juice and blend for another 10 seconds.
  • Pour into your glass and enjoy!

Serving Size: 2


  • For the best tasting smoothie, pop your fruit into the refrigerator beforehand.
  • If your smoothie comes out too thick, add more orange juice.
  • Substitute with different variations of fruit, or with whatever you happen to have in your kitchen, to keep these drinks interesting and fun for your kids.
  • Chill your mug or glass at least 30 minutes before you make your smoothie so that your drink will remain cold for a longer period of time.
  • Make it with your family! This is a fun and interactive recipe that will keep your kids engaged and active in the kitchen. (However, be careful when handling a knife if you are cutting the fruit)

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Tammy Cheng

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