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Recipe

Tropical mango and strawberry cacao smoothies

Following some simple guidelines with smoothies will ensure they’re full of fresh flavours and zinginess. Try Nici Wickes combinations including tropical mango and strawberry and cacao

  • 2 mins preparation
  • Serves 2
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This recipe first appeared in New Zealand Woman's Weekly.
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Ingredients

Topical mango and lime
  • 1 cup fresh, canned or frozen mango flesh
  • juice of 2 limes (or one lemon)
  • 1 teaspoon citrus zest
  • 300 millilitre coconut milk or cream
  • 1 cup water
  • mint leaves, to garnish
Strawberry and cacao
  • 2 cup frozen strawberries (or use mixed berries)
  • 1 - 2 tbsp cacao nibs (or use 1 tbsp cocoa)
  • 1 - 2 cups iced water
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 - 5 large mint leaves, smacked to release flavour

Method

Topical mango and lime
  • 1
    Blend all ingredients for 1 minute in a high-speed blender. Garnish with the mint leaves.
Strawberry and cacao
  • 2
    Blend all the ingredients for 1-2 minutes in a high- speed blender until smooth. To serve, sprinkle more cacao nibs on top.

Notes

  • Makes 2 - 4 glasses. - Introduce creaminess with banana, avocado, coconut cream, yoghurt or almond meal. - Ensure there’s a balance of acidity (lemon, lime, apple cider vinegar, berries) as well as sweetness (fruits, milks, dates, honey). - Get the right consistency by adding iced water or coconut water, not fruit juice - Add good proteins and fats with nuts, coconut oils, avocado and nut butters. - Eat your greens – add spinach, kale, feijoa peel, silverbeet or beet leaves.

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