As the fruit snacking mama of the house, I keep lots and lots of fresh fruit around. Since learning to eat healthier (and snack healthier) I find myself grabbing a banana or an apple when I’m craving something sweet. I also like to keep a fruit stockpile around for the kids when the “mommy, I’m hungry” starts just an hour before or after dinner. Among all the fruits we’ve tried or eat regularly, there’s one that hasn’t been in the fruit basket. The mango!
It seems mangos as the soccer of fruit so to speak. They are the world’s most popular fruit but not yet in the U.S. which probably explains why until this week I’ve never even tried one. It was a very unfamiliar fruit and I like to stick with what I know. But I’m glad I was introduced to the mango because it’s a great fruit. Not only is it sweet (but not too sweet), it’s tender and it’s quite healthy for you. I recently learned that …
Mangos are an excellent source of vitamins C and A, both important antioxidant nutrients. Vitamin C promotes healthy immune function and collagen formation. Vitamin A is important for
vision and bone growth. Mangos are a good source of dietary fiber. Diets low in fat and high in fiber-containing grain products, fruits, and vegetables are associated with a reduced risk of some types of cancer.
And, the kicker, they’re only 100 calories for one cup of sliced fresh mango fruit.
So I sat down with the kids, sliced open one and went to work at getting it cut up into bite-sized pieces for everyone to try. If you’re as unfamiliar with the mango as I am, you might want to check out this How to Cut a Mango video that offers up a couple easy techniques.
After taste testing the fruit fresh, we decided to whip up a batch of Apple Mango Tango Mini Muffins that are packed with juicy fruit but tender and delicious for breakfast or an afternoon snack.
The mini version goes a long way in snack bags too. You can watch in below as Emma and I prepare this recipe. For other resources and recipes with mangos be sure to check out this Mango Recipe collection.
The National Mango Board challenged me to spend a week creating healthier eating and snacking habits for my family. Join the conversation and one of my readers will receive a cookbook and a chance to win a shipment of mangos and $200 gift card to Williams-Sonoma.