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Powering Your Active Lifestyle: Mango Berry Kale Smoothie for Ultimate Nutrition
Posted:  July 19, 2023
By:  Match Point Wellness
Reviewed by:  Julie Kulp, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
 

Revitalize your body, fuel your workouts, and satisfy your taste buds with our Mango Berry Kale Smoothie recipe. This isn't just a smoothie, it's a game-changer.  It's about crafting a drink that serves as a perfect ally for your health goals and active lifestyle, including those high-intensity pickleball matches. [1]

The true magic of smoothies lie in their simplicity, their power, and their ability to pack a wealth of nutrition into a single, easy-to-make drink.  Mango Berry Kale smoothie is a model of that potential.  However, it’s worth remembering that not all smoothies are created equal.  Yes, they can be nutrient powerhouses, but they can also sneak in unwanted fats, sugars, and calories if you're not careful.  That's why our recipe is mindfully designed, ensuring that every sip delivers maximum health benefits without loading you with unnecessary calories.

Ingredients: A Symphony of Health Benefits

  1. Water and Ice Cubes:  Water keeps you hydrated, aids in digestion, and regulates body temperature. [2] Ice cubes add a refreshing chill, perfect for warm days or after a workout, and help thicken your smoothie.
  2. Mango-flavored Drink Mix:  This low-calorie drink mix adds a tropical touch to your smoothie.  Real mangoes are rich in vitamins A and C, which support the immune system and promote healthy skin. [3] As drink mixes are a multi processed product, they do not contain these benefits, but they do provide a flavorful, low-calorie way to enhance your smoothie.
  1. Frozen Mixed Berries:  These mini powerhouses are packed with antioxidants, protecting your cells from damage. [4] They are also rich in fiber, vitamin C, and K, all vital for heart health, overall wellness, and may help that swift movement on the pickleball court.
  1. Frozen or Fresh Kale:  Kale is a nutrient-dense leafy green, rich in vitamins A, C, and K, may help maintain healthy skin, support the immune system, and aid in blood clotting. [5][7] Plus, kale's antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.  And, wow, kale also contains more iron than meat. [6]
  1. Protein Powder:  A healthy dose of protein is essential for muscle building, bone health, and immune function. [8][9] Whether you're a fan of whey or plant-based protein powders, incorporating this into your smoothie helps you meet your protein requirements effectively. 

So, are you ready to elevate your diet and power your active lifestyle?  Our Mango Berry Kale Smoothie is a delicious, nutrient-dense addition to your wellness journey.  This recipe isn’t merely about a tasty treat; it’s about fueling your body, invigorating your senses, and giving you that extra edge, on and off the pickleball court.

Disclaimer

The content of this blog post is for informational purposes only.  It is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and/or nutritional changes. 

Individual needs may vary, and what works best for one person may not work for everyone.  Consult with a healthcare professional or a registered dietitian before making significant changes to your diet or lifestyle or trying new supplements.

References

  1. USA Pickleball. (2023, July). What is Pickleball?  http://www.usapa.org/what-is-pickleball/

  1. Popkin, B.M., D’Anci, K.E., & Rosenberg, I.H. (2011, August 1). Water, Hydration, and Health. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2908954/

  1. Fernandez, M.E., AHA. (2021, June 2) Is Mango the Luscious Superhero of Fruit?  https://www.heart.org/en/news/2021/06/02/is-mango-the-luscious-superhero-of-fruit

  2. Zafra-Stone, S., Yasmin, T., Bagchi, M., Chatterjee, A., Vinson, J., Bagchi, D. (2007, June).  Berry Anthocyanins as Novel Antioxidants in Human Health and Disease Prevention. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/17533652/

  1. National Institute of Health. (2022, August 12). Vitamin A and Carotenoids: Fact Sheet for Consumers. https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminA-Consumer/

  2. Ortega-Hernandez, E., Antunes-Ricardo, M., Jacobo-Velazquez, D. (2021, November 29). Improving the Health-Benefits of Kales…: A Review. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8706317/

  1. Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. (2023, July 11[Cited]). The Nutrition Source: Kale.  https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/food-features/kale/

  1. Wolfe, R.R. (2015, August). Update on Protein Intake: Importance of Milk Proteins for Health Status of the Elderly. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4597363/

  1. Cooper, J. (2022, September 21).  Benefits of Protein. https://www.webmd.com/diet/benefits-protein

 

Kale Berry Smoothie Recipe

Recipe from Match Point Wellness

1 to 1½ cups cold Water

½ cup Ice Cubes

1 tube Mango Flavored Drink Mix

1 cup Fresh or Frozen Kale

1 cup Frozen Berry Mix

1 serving unsweetened Protein Powder

Combine in a blender.  For a thicker smoothie, add ice in small amounts until you reach your desired consistency.  Enjoy!

 

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