Whenever the weather warms up, I start to rely on smoothies more often for breakfasts and snacks. This mango smoothie recipe is super streamlined to ensure that it’s creamy, naturally sweet enough, and thick enough for kids who might prefer to eat it with a spoon. It’s a perfect toddler and baby smoothie!
Simple Mango Smoothie Recipe
I love to keep a bag of cubed mango in the freezer (purchased from the freezer aisle!) because it blends up so creamy in a smoothie. This is a great smoothie recipe for kids who can’t have banana or for when you just want something different—it’s plenty creamy without the banana. The ingredients in this mango smoothie are nutritious and straightforward. There’s frozen mango, Greek yogurt, fresh orange, and optional add-ins like hemp or flax seeds, and/or cauliflower or summer squash for a balanced mix of natural sweetness, protein, and fat. It’s seriously refreshing too.
How to Make a Mango Smoothie Step-by-Step
Here’s a look at how to make this super simple kid smoothie recipe. (Trust me, it’s really easy!)
- Gather frozen mango, fresh orange and plain yogurt (regular or Greek). Add any of the optional add-ins for added nutrients or leave it simple.
Can I add veggies to this mango smoothie?
Absolutely! You can add in a handful of fresh or frozen raw cauliflower florets or sliced summer squash. If your kids enjoy green smoothies, you can add a handful of baby spinach or kale. (I like to keep my greens for smoothies in the freezer since that keeps the nutrients, prevents any of it from going bad, and it knocks down the “green” flavor which is great!)
Help! My kiddo doesn’t like smoothies!
Oh, I feel you. I have one who doesn’t like them much either! My best advice is to not worry too much about it because there are a lot of other foods out in the world. But if you want to play around with how you serve a smoothie, that can have a big impact. Try it in a small open cup, in a reusable pouch, a straw cup, or in a bowl with a spoon. There might be one way that your child likes more than others—even if it’s just because it’s fun!
Best Mango Smoothie Recipe for Kids
I know that there are a lot of smoothie recipes for kids out in the world, but I have to admit that I get a little frustrated when so often they call for SO many ingredients. I don’t know about you, but I don’t always have time to measure 10 ingredients for what’s supposed to be quick morning meal. So when I make smoothies for my kids, I tend to make them with fewer ingredients. You can still blend up a super healthy smoothie this way—and often, the texture is much more enjoyable for the littles too! This smoothie has lots of vitamin C from the fruit, fiber, and protein.
Smoothie Recipe for Babies
Since babies are newer to eating and tend to love simple flavors, this is an ideal smoothie. They’ll also enjoy the naturally sweet flavor and the coldness might even be a helpful tool if (and when!) they’re teething. Regardless of who you’re making the mango smoothie recipe for, do use full fat yogurt since little ones need plenty of fat for brain development (and it helps to balance out the natural sugars in this mango smoothie). Skip the optional sweetener if making for babies.
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This simple smoothie is thin enough to drink through a straw and thick enough to eat with a spoon. And of course, it’s super creamy!
- 1 cup frozen mango
- 1/2 cup whole milk plain Greek yogurt
- 1/2 fresh large orange or 1 small orange, peeled
- Optional veggies: 1/2 cup raw cauliflower florets or sliced summer squash
- Optional seeds: 1 teaspoon hemp or ground flaxseed
- Optional sweetener: 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
Try 1/2 orange juice instead of fresh orange.
Add a handful of baby spinach for a green mango smoothie.
Use a favorite nondairy yogurt if needed.