Banana Mango Smoothie

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Today, I started my week of smoothies!

I was a little unsure of what I wanted to start with even though I planned it out the day before. You know how at the time, something seems like a good idea but when it’s time to implement, you question if it really is? Yeah, that’s where I was this morning. The thought of taking on this challenge and potentially failing weighed heavily on my mind. I even had trouble sleeping because I didn’t want to oversleep and not have time to make my smoothie. I’m sure ya’ll are looking all kinds of crazy right now and thinking, “Is she really doing this all over some smoothies?” And the answer to that is both yes and no.

It’s bigger than a banana mango smoothie

If you haven’t noticed, I have a problem with follow through and focus. A girl with lofty dreams I am, but my follow through is almost nonexistent. When I complete a task, the crowds cheers. No, for real. My mom and husband celebrate like I won the lottery or something because it’s so difficult for me to finish what I start. After dealing with this for the last few years, I’ve noticed that I actually stopped starting stuff because I was tired of not finishing. What a shitty way to live.

So, yes it’s about a smoothie. But it’s also about so much more.

When you mix bananas, orange juice, and mangoes

After deciding that I would actually stick to the plan I created last night, I got to work on my smoothie. Full disclosure: I did, in fact, wake up later than I wanted to, so this was a great one to start with because of its simplicity.

Banana Mango Collage

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of 100% orange juice
  • 1 peeled banana
  • 1 cup of frozen mango chunks
  • A handful of ice

Pour the juice into the blender first, then the bananas, then the mango chunks, and then the ice. I read somewhere that putting the liquid in first keeps the blender blades from getting stuck and helps you get a smooth smoothie as opposed to a chunky one. Seemed to work for me.

Blend it until it’s smooth and then simply pour into your container. I decided to go with a mason jar instead of a cup for a few reasons: 1. I wanted something that was portable. Something that I could stick in my bag and not have to worry about it spilling or leaking. 2. I didn’t want to have to clean a straw! I know it’s pure laziness, but I can’t stand drinking smoothies out of a straw…if I have to clean said straw and cup. The mason jar was perfect because it met both of my needs and I could just drink it straight out of the jar. After I was done, I just filled it with water, swished it around, poured it out, and that was it for clean up until I got home. Perfection.

Banana Mango Smoothie Jar

Day one of my week of smoothies was a success! I felt so much better than I normally feel on Mondays…or any day for that matter. I may be on to something.

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