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Mango Mojitos and the Winter Blahs

Eating fresh is important no matter the time of year. Yet in winter when our foods hibernate it’s even more important. When our bodies crave missing vitamins and minerals they respond slower and we get our grump on.

I’ve been playing with some great ways to lower that grumpy bear in my self. Water – seems to be very key. Blended smoothies with extra boosts also seem to help. Though some fruits like strawberries, mango and blueberries aren’t fresh the frozen seem darn nice to work with. I often use orange juice as a base or a citrus blend to help up the vitamin C in a very natural way.

Currently figs are still in season and what a wonderful treat to enjoy. My family likes them roasted with goat cheese. Though I have to admit my youngest thinks they are cool for about 5 minutes then hands back the “extras”. Pears are also still “in season” and we enjoy them roasted but due to their texture not so much in smoothies.

Being the holidays I’ve been to party after party.  Tired and worn out I began taking mango and boosts with me.

Here has become our favorite midnight recipe:

Mango Mojito

Makes 1 blender jar – don’t forget to share!

About 40 ounces


  • handful of mint leaves, plus several nice sprigs for garnish – adjust your mint to your own taste.
  • 10 ounces lime juice
  • 5 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 pureed fresh mango
  • Crushed ice
  • 5 ounces good quality white rum, like Bacardi’s
    • (after midnight we skip the rum entirely and just make the mojito virgin – drive safe!)

  • Splash of Club soda
  • 1 scoop of each

  

By the Blender:

Blend all ingredients and serve immediately.

For one drink

Muddle mint leaves with lime and sugar in a tall cool glass (old fashion if available.) Stir in mango puree. Add crushed ice and stir in rum. Throw in a lime wedge and top off with club soda. Garnish with mint sprig and serve.

Walking and moving also seems to help. Getting the blood flowing, leaving the four walls and smelling nature at her crispest (being int he US it’s going on winter here). Yes bundling deeper and warmer is often required but worth it. How about a jaunt to the local skating rink – ice or roller – a few jaunts around the rink gets the energy flowing. Wii! LOL Yes I said Wii! The Wii fitness does indeed work for those who can’t seem to fit in a gym to their schedule. Add some friends and make it a roaring good time!!

Stop watching the world go by. 10,000 steps is all it takes each day to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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About MatchaGT by ShelleRae

Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the Smoothie Essentials blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. MatchaGT – the super premium Matcha Green Tea Introducing Matcha GT, the super premium Matcha Green Tea. Matcha GT is nature’s natural source of energy and antioxidants. Used for centuries in Japanese tea ceremonies, Matcha provides a powerful pick-me-up plus antioxidants and other health benefits to keep the body, mind and spirit in perfect balance. While many forms of green tea are strained or brewed, Matcha GT uses the whole tea leaf providing the full benefits and bold taste of whole green tea powder. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com Benefits: Natural Caffeine – longer lasting energy Antioxidants – to fight cancer causing free radicals Chlorophyll – powerful blood cleanse Coffee concepts and juice bars across North America including Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Smoothie King, and Booster Juice have recently started selling Matcha Green Tea smoothies, frappes, and lattes, promoting the great taste and health benefits of green tea. http://matchagt.com/ http://www.smoothieessentials.com/

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