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Pretty In Pink AND Purple

Friday, February 15, 2013

Colorful concoctions on a whim..
Not just pretty colors but also such delicious flavors....hmmm, they're divine. New favorites of mine I'll be sharing with you in a moment. I cut up a mango the other day to freeze so I could make ice cream but then I changed my mind. I made an amazing raspberry concoction with it instead. It's similar to ice cream but without too much of the creaminess (no mylk used at all). The flavors combine incredibly well. Was it an accident? I don't think so; don't believe in them : ) Five ingredients, two minutes, and you'll be in heaven, I promise!
I made this with raspberries first and devoured it all and so the next day I had to make more, almost the same blended up yumminess where I replaced the raspberries with blueberries, since I had no more raspberries :) Make it either way, depending on what you have available or which sounds more delicious to you. They're both so flavorful and satisfying.
I could call it a "Mango-Berry Frozen Dessert" but that would be too usual, wouldn't it?

Pretty In Pink (or purple) 
(Serves 1, maybe 2)
1 mango (that has been cut into chunks and frozen)
1 box of raspberries or blueberries (the typical 6 oz box sold at grocery stores, I know, shame on me....but the market was sold out so what's a girl to do? )
1 pink orange*
2 tbsp coconut butter
sweetener of your choice: dates / honey / whatever you prefer

*You can use any kind of orange of course but these Cara Cara Oranges are so incredibly tasty and go so well with this recipe. They're not quite red on the inside like blood oranges but pinkish color. Beautiful and so delicious. Get them if you can find them. I got them at a local market.

How to make it:
Put the berries on the bottom of the blender (unless they're frozen too, then leave them for the top), then the peeled orange cut into chunks, then the butter and your sweetener, then top it all with the frozen mango chunks (and the berries, if you're using frozen ones). Blend it all up.
Wait, save a berry or two to place on top of your cup of yumminess, I didn't remember to do this the first time around, with the raspberries so I had to use something else.
You're in for a TREAT! 

...And the nutrition they will provide you:
In general, mangoes and berries are known for being very rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber. They're also mentioned in lots of literature for their anti-cancer qualities and are notably high in certain minerals. Here's the breakdown:
Mangoes: high in vitamins C, E and B 6, fiber, and copper. They provide lots of skin nutrition and support digestive health.
Raspberries: rich in vitamins C and K (!), fiber, and exceptionally high in manganese (!!!), which is rarely found in fruits. Manganese is an important mineral for maintaining strong bones and helping prevent premature graying of your hair.
Blueberries: rich in vitamins K, and C, fiber, and is also quite high in manganese....providing similar health benefits to those of raspberries. Blueberries also stand out for their 6:10 ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acids and are a good brain-food, so make friends with them, if you haven't yet.

Enjoy these quick desserts and have a lovely weekend!

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