We all know what the mango season means right? Signs and posters hanging from every bakery and patisserie announcing the arrival of delectable mango tarts, scrumptious mango cheesecakes, sinful soufflés and what not! And who doesn’t want to gorge their face with these delicious delights? Well, some of us don’t or can’t more like because we happen to be watching out waistline too. But worry not! Luckily for us, mango isn’t called the king of fruits for nothing. It tastes pretty darn good on its own and with the addition of a few healthy ingredients you can create interesting recipes that are bound to knock your socks off. That too without the worry of added calories! Win win.
So here we go. Our favorite guilt-free mango recipes that you need to try out this season!
- Frozen Mango Pops:
What better way to beat the heat than an ice-cold mango popsicle right out of your freezer? Homemade, healthy and without any added sugar, this is a great summer snack for adults and kids alike.
You will need:
- Mango cubes, 2 Cups
- Yogurt, 1/2 Cup
- Honey, 1-2 Teaspoon
Whizz everything in a blender, pour in popsicle moulds and freeze till set- preferably overnight. On a related note, if you are in Karachi, Bacha Party stocks some really cute popsicle molds.
- Mango Parfait:
Chilled yogurt layered between your favorite fruits, nuts and granola, who doesn’t love the good old yogurt parfait? All you need to enjoy this wholesome treat is:
- Yogurt of your choice (Greek or Full-Fat Sugar Free-both Nestle and MilkPak do great sugar-free yogurts)
- Mango, cut in cubes or slices
- Granola or crumbled Nutrilov Chocolate Chip & Coconut Granola Bar
- A jar to assemble everything
Assemble: Drop a dollop of yogurt in your jar, top with mango pieces, followed by yogurt and then granola. Repeat the same process for 1 or 2 more layers. Don’t forget to top the final layer with lots and lots of granola for that added crunch. Chill and enjoy.
- Mango-Banana Smoothie
It took us quite a while to figure out why our smoothies don’t taste as good as the ones you buy from juice bars- turns out the secret to any great smoothie is ‘frozen’ fruit instead of fresh. So next time you are worried about your bananas and mangoes browning away, chop them up and pop them in the freezer in a plastic container to be whizzed into smoothies later.
This mango banana smoothie makes a nourishing snack or even a quick breakfast. The added sweetness of bananas also eliminates the need of any sweetener. Here is what you will need:
- Banana, 1 Frozen
- Mango, 1 Frozen
- Cold Milk, ¾ Cup
Blend, serve and enjoy! Slurp.
- Mango Salsa
Sweet and tangy, this recipe is sure to grab your attention if you are looking for a different way to consume mangoes. Mango salsa can easily be enjoyed on its own, served as a side salad or used as a topping in your favourite wraps and sandwiches. Here’s how you can make it:
- Mangoes, 2 diced
- Onion, ½ chopped
- Cucumber, 1 chopped
- Lemon Juice, of ½ lemon
- Green Chili, 1 chopped
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- Cilantro, for topping
Instructions: In a large bowl, mix the mangoes with the vegetables and drizzle with lemon juice. Mix well. Sprinkle salt and pepper, top with chopped cilantro and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
And that’s a wrap. If you are looking for online stores to order your mangoes to be delivered right at your doorstep, we have heard rave reviews about Afzal Mangoes (www.facebook.com/afzmangoes), while you can also order them from MandiExpress.pk and SubziPhal.com