This delicious Tropical Mango Carrot Smoothie is the perfect healthy breakfast! The kids get their first serving of fruits and veggies and you have breakfast on the table in less than five minutes.
And it’s vegan… yay for Tropical Mango Carrot Smoothies!
I couldn’t sleep last night, so I woke up early thinking of what else…breakfast. We received around a foot of snow this past week and guess what I have been doing ever since…feeding little people. As in all the time….every time I turn around they are hungry! This mango carrot smoothie was created from the little remaining food I have in the fridge and freezer.
During all of the snow I dreamed of taking a tropical vacation where I would be served fruity drinks on the beach, but since that won’t be happening anytime soon and the kids need to eat…I came up with this tropical mango carrot smoothie recipe to tide us over until the next meal.
My kids enjoyed the lazy mornings and hot breakfasts last week, but one of them has been struggling to get back on track with the school schedule this week. Smoothies are my go-to when we need a quick and healthy breakfast. Quick, easy and so nutritious!
Of course, each kid has their favorite smoothie and wouldn’t you know they are never the same! #everysingletime Luckily, this is the type of meal where I bend my rule of not being a short-order cook. It is really not a big deal to use a different fruit or liquid base for each smoothie recipe.
You can further speed up your breakfast prep by keeping all of your smoothie ingredients in one handy location. I store all of our favorite dry ingredients on a tray in our cupboard and simply pull out the tray in the morning. All of the frozen fruits and veggies for smoothies are stored in one bin in the freezer for quick access.
My son does not like the taste of any type of milk or yogurt in his smoothie, so I use plain coconut water for his smoothies to add some calories and nutritional value. Coconut water is super hydrating and rich in potassium. You could also substitute almond or coconut milk for the water for increased calories.
I always try to add a vegetable to each smoothie concoction and they have their first serving of veggies before leaving the house that day. My daughter does not care for orange fruits or vegetables, but does enjoy them in her smoothies, so the tropical mango carrot smoothie is a win! Smoothies are a great vehicle for children to try fruits and vegetables they may not like on their own.
This smoothie recipe contains carrots and cauliflower; two veggies that do not have a strong taste and pair nicely with the mango. I sprinkle a few coconut flakes on top to boost the visual appeal and add a little more tropical style flavor. The flakes can be left out if your child struggles with different combinations of textures (many children do!).
Let me know your favorite smoothie combos…I am sure my kids will change their minds next week!
This kid-approved fruit and veggie smoothie is an easy, quick breakfast or snack!
- 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1/4 cup frozen cauliflower rice
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1/8 cup pre-shredded carrot
- 1/2 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 1/4 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes optional garnish
Blend mango chunks and next five ingredients until smooth. Pour into a glass and garnish with coconut flakes if desired.
Mango is naturally sweet and the addition of honey can be adjusted according to your preference.
This recipe serves one adult or two small children.