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Pineapple and Mango Smoothie Recipe with Amaranth Oil

Pineapple and Mango Smoothie Recipe with Amaranth Oil

  • 2

    Serving

  • Total Time

    Total Time 7′

  • 2

    Serving

  • Total Time

    Total Time 7'

    PT7M
Vegan

The ultimate tropical combination, our delectable pineapple and mango smoothie also features amaranth oil. This light, mild-tasting oil is packed full of skin-loving nutrients, promising a ‘just back from holiday’ glow.

Tropical fruits, tropical flavours

There’s something about the flavour of pineapple that transports us immediately to the tropical beach in our minds. It’s a taste that demands to be paired with a glorious azure blue sky and a sparkling sea; the gentle sound of waves breaking on soft, golden sand.

While many of us continue to associate the pineapple with Hawaii, it doesn’t actually come from there. Surprisingly, it is likely to have originated from South America, around the borders of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.(1)

While Hawaii was a big exporter during one period, most of our pineapples now come from Costa Rica. Like many holidaymakers, it seems as though the pineapple was ‘just passing through’ Hawaii. However, it remains a popular symbol of the island.

Meanwhile, our other star ingredient - the mango - comes from the other side of the world! It’s native to Southern India, Myanmar and the Andaman Islands. It is the national fruit not only of India, but also of Pakistan and the Philippines.(2)

Quite how these two fruits from the opposite sides of the globe ended up together in every ‘tropical’ fruit combo is a mystery. Yet, they complement each other’s flavours brilliantly; mango with its velvety sweetness, pineapple with its acid freshness. A perfect fusion of the fruits of two very different lands.

  pineapple mango smoothie ingredients

Health benefits of pineapple and mango

Naturally, both fruits have more to offer than simply their flavour (and their ability to conjure up hammocks and cocktails in our minds).

Pineapple, for instance, has been used as a medicinal plant by several cultures, particularly for its digestive and anti-inflammatory effects.

It produces bromelain, a type of enzyme which breaks down proteins. This, along with its anti-inflammatory effects, is thought to give it the ability to help fight off infection, relive symptoms of arthritis and even reduce pain after surgery.(3)

The US National Library of medicine lists burns, skin rashes and sinusitis as among the ailments which might benefit from bromelain.(3)

Meanwhile mango is an important fruit in Ayurveda, or traditional Indian medicine. Within this framework, it has been used to help with all sorts of health issues from dysentery to toothache. All parts of the plant can be used, but the juice of the fruit is thought to be refreshing and thus useful to treat heatstroke.(4)

More modern research has revealed that mango has strong antioxidant properties.(4) This means it can help protect your cells from damage by free radicals, including ageing.   

  amaranth oil with smoothie ingredients