Recently, I was unexpectedly given a box of mangos. It was filled with fruits, large and small, colors ranging from bright red and vibrant green to golden yellow. Not being one to waste food, I dove right in.
I’ve always been a fan of mangos, but it wasn’t something I put on my grocery list every week. Partly because I thought cutting it was a hassle, and partly because I like my fruit to be portable, like an apple or banana. I put my perceptions aside and hit the interwebs to find a good mango-dicing technique, and while I was searching, I learned more about the popular superfruit and have been incorporating it into my lifestyle ever since.
I found out there are six varieties popular in the U.S., but my favorite, by far, is the Ataulfos. These are the smaller mangos you can commonly find at your local grocery store, but don’t let its petite size fool you. Ataulfos have a high flesh to seed ratio with a super sweet flavor and creamy texture, and its smaller size makes for the perfect single-serve snack.
One cup of mango is about 100 calories, and contains 100% of daily recommended vitamin C intake, 35% of daily vitamin A, along with 12% of your daily fiber suggestion. Mangos are also fat free, sodium free and cholesterol free while serving up 20 different vitamins and minerals, making it bonafied superfood.
Mangos were first grown in India more than 5,000 years ago
Mangos are related to cashews and pistachios
A mango tree can grow as tall as 100 feet
I like to dice one up and add it to my morning protein shake. It’s a nice break from my usual go-to fruit, the banana, but still gives me the nutrients I need to start my day. It’s also perfect as a pre-workout snack, with the right about amount of carbs and sugars to fuel a high-intensity cardio session.
My stance on mangos probably wouldn’t have changed, had I not been given that box, but I’m glad it did. If you’re like me, and you struggle to get your recommended fill of fruits then I’d suggest making the mango a part of your daily diet. It’s packed with flavor and nutrients, it’s versatile, and it’s available year round.
Here are a few links to some recipes I am definitely going to try soon.
All-Purpose Mango Salsa – I’m pre-genetically disposed to try anything that ends with the word “salsa”.
Mango-rita – There always has to be a drink recipe included when you’re talking about tropical fruits.
Mango BBQ Chicken – I love chicken, especially when it’s sweet and savory.