There are two types of mangos that grow here, the little mango that grows on big mango trees and the big mango that grows on little mango trees. The big mango trees are much more common than the little mango trees, which is unfortunate because the little mangos are very fibrous and not very pleasant to eat while the big mangos have no fiber, are juicy and delicious.
Jon and I unfortunately do not have a little mango tree in our yard, so to attain big mangos I came up with a simple strategy: to tell every Paraguayan I know that I l-o-v-e big mangos. After my mango campaign I stood at my door and waited to reap the benefits. Paraguayans didn’t disappoint; I received 12 big mangos in two days. Jon was amazed.
To enjoy all of this bounty I have been making these smoothies. They are a tasty, healthy treat. This was my first time using chia seeds and I can officially say that I am a true chia seed advocate. They add a nice texture to the smoothie (plus the health benefits). Enjoy!
Mango-Banana Smoothie with Chia Seeds
Makes 4 generous glasses
3 cups chopped mango (chilled or frozen if possible)
1 cup ice cubes
8 ounces or 1 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
½ tablespoon vanilla
dash of nutmeg
dash of cinnamon
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1. In a blender mix mango, banana, ice, yogurt, honey, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon until smooth.
2. Pour in chia seeds and blend for two seconds. Pour in a glass and enjoy.