Mango Chia Coconut Smoothie Bowl is a delectable treat packed with satiating nutrients – protein, fat and fiber – a sure way to rein in those hunger pangs any day!
Nothing says “Tropical Summer” like a mango-coconut smoothie topped with juicy lychee served in a coconut shell. Layer that luscious smoothie with some chia seeds soaked in milk for some nutritious texture surprises. Sprinkle some hemp seeds, chia seeds, coconut flakes or almond slices on the top for a delicate crunch and an added nutritional punch. And you have a bowl of goodness in taste, flavor and nutrition with a tropical flair.
I had originally developed this Mango Chia Coconut Smoothie Bowl for those undertaking long summertime fasts, as the satiating nutrients can help sustain a fast. But this could also be a treat “once in a while”, as it is high in fat and especially saturated fat.
There is a lot of debate about the use of coconut products in diet. Some say it is super healthy due to its distinct saturated fatty acid composition and process of digestion. And still several experts caution that there is not much convincing evidence yet to use it routinely in place of confirmed healthy fat sources.
Until we know more, I lean toward the latter held position. I surely love and enjoy coconut but believe that it can be part of a healthy diet when used in moderation.
I cannot tell you enough about mangoes, as I was raised in a home surrounded by 16 mango trees in India, where mango is known as the “King of fruits”. A visit to Indian homes during summer will tell you the story of mango mania.
However, mangoes are not simply about taste and pleasure alone. These fruits are rich sources of vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber. The beta carotene (which converts to vitamin A) is known to be protective against cancer. The high fiber and water content in mangoes aid with maintenance of intestinal health, regularity and prevention of constipation.
The vitamin rich mangoes are also very good for the skin and hair. Mangoes are a good source of zeaxanthin, an antioxidant credited with lowering the risk of age related macular degeneration. It is also a heart healthy fruit.
And if you like using chia seeds, you must check out other unique ways of using it, as in my recipes – Chia Mahalabia with Pistachios and Quinoa Crusted Eggplant Chickpea Patties, where I also discuss about its nutrition benefits.
Globalization has brought many exotic things to your doorstep. So what are you waiting for? Get your mangoes, coconut, lychees and enjoy a tropical summer treat right where you are!!
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- 1/2 cup mango chunks
- 1¼ cups milk reduced fat
- 1/4 cup coconut milk thick
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon honey as per taste
- 1/4 cup lychee sliced
- 1 tablespoon coconut flakes dried
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon almonds roasted, sliced (optional)
Mix chia seeds with one cup of milk and a teaspoon of honey and let it soak overnight in the refrigerator. It helps to stir it a few times in the first five minutes when the seeds start to absorb the milk.
Blend mango chunks with coconut milk and 1/4th cup milk and set aside.
Pour the chia mixture and the mango smoothie randomly in coconut shells or bowls and add the toppings.
Serve the Mango Chia Coconut Smoothie Bowl chilled.