This is a tale of a treat with an identity crisis. Technically, it’s a smoothie because it
A) is made in a blender
B) has fruit
C) includes a little nutrient-rich protein powder
D) is kinda an ugly green color (a non-essential but frequent result of smoothie making).
Yet there’s something about this blend, with its thick frosty creamy mangos and sweetly inviting flavor that makes it more than “just a smoothie.” I make it a little extra thick, throw it into a bowl, and eat it with a spoon as a quasi-sherbet-like dessert. So is it a smoothie? Is it dessert? Unnecessarily complicated semantic questions like this demand unpronounceable answers, don’t you agree? Therefore, I think this treat is best summed up as a smoossert.
By the way, I’m kinda in love with Vega’s new Sport Protein Powder — 20 grams of protein, high quality ingredients, and a smooth viscosity when mixed up into drinks. Another hemp or rice-based vanilla protein powder would probably do the trick here too, but the Vega blend pretty much rocks.
Green Mango Smoothie Recipe:
You can increase protein powder to two servings and add a little extra water for a more traditional smoothie result and less of a dessert.
2 heaping cups frozen mango chunks
1/2 cup hemp milk
1/2 cup water
1 scoop vanilla flavored Vega Sport Protein Powder
touch of white stevia, to taste (optional)
2 Tbsp shredded coconut (optional)
Blend mangos, hemp milk, water, and protein powder together in a blender until completely smooth. If desired, boost sweetness with a touch of stevia, to taste, and blend again. Serve in a bowl and top with shredded coconut. Serves 2.