One of our most favorite fruits is a mango. Ever since I was a child that is one fruit we always enjoyed in our home. So when I got the opportunity to share my love of mangos with our readers, I got so excited and the endless amounts of recipes went through my head. This delicious, sweet and juicy fruit is so versatile and enjoyed with just about any meal or snack.
In addition to sumptuous tropical flavor, mangos deliver a host of nutrients and make healthy eating a delightful sensory experience. The versatile mango is available year round and adds delicious flavor to a balanced diet. One cup of mangos is just 100 calories, so it’s a sweet treat that won’t weigh you down. Mangos are a true superfruit, containing over 20 different vitamins and minerals and each serving is fat-, sodium-, and cholesterol-free. One serving of mangos provides 100% of your daily vitamin C needs and 35% of your vitamin A needs, both important antioxidant nutrients. Vitamin C promotes healthy immune function and collagen formation. Vitamin A is important for vision and bone growth. Mangos also provide 12% of your daily dietary fiber requirement.
One of our most recent recipe obsessions is my Mango-Cilantro Salsa. About a month ago I was in the grocery store shopping and got a craving for some Mexican food. I had mangos at home that I needed to use and threw together this recipe in my head. The salsa is incredible and can be enjoyed with chips or incorporated into a meal.
Instead of posting the recipe, I decided it would be more fun to create a video of how to make this salsa. I promise it is quick and easy and your whole family will love it.
If you would like the recipe for the Coconut Chicken Tacos that I mentioned in the video, here is the link.
Don’t they look delicious?
If you aren’t sure how to select the right mango, here are some great tips:
- Don’t focus on color. It is not the best indicator of ripeness.
- Squeeze the mango gently. A ripe mango will be slightly soft to the touch.
- A firmer mango would be a good choice if you don’t plan to eat it for several days.
- Use your experience with produce such as peaches or avocados, which also become soft to the touch when ripe.
- Ripe mangos will often have a fruity aroma at their stem ends.
For delicious recipe ideas and information on mangos, head over to www.mango.org. They feature a new recipe a month!
As a bonus, the Mango Board has been so generous and is offering one of my readers an amazing cookbook containing full of recipes! So comment below to be entered to win!
What are your family’s favorite ways to enjoy fruits and veggies?
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.