I don’t know about you, but Mango from Saturday Night Live gave me the creeps. I think Chris Kattan is funny, but I preferred him in The Roxbury Guys to his Mango character. Known for his line “You can’t-a-have-a de Mango!” Chris Kattan was wrong because we should indeed “have-a-de Mango!”
Mangoes are known as the “king of fruit” (just like Michael Jackson was the King of Pop?) Mangoes have been growing in Southeast Asia for more than 4,000 years! In India mango trees are the symbol of love and some even believe that the tree can grant wishes.
Mangoes are great for dieters because they are a high volume food, which I’ve touted before as an excellent way to lose weight (think Volumetrics diet.) An entire mango only has 135 calories, 3 ½ grams of fiber and is loaded with potassium, vitamin A, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin K, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.
This morning I made a mango, banana, pineapple and protein smoothie. I used unflavored whey protein powder made by Unjury, so I could savor the tropical flavors. It was delish! I actually bought my mango last week and tried to eat it fresh, but I had a heck of a time cutting into it and cutting the flesh away from the huge pit inside. I ended up mangling the beautiful fruit and freezing the little pieces that I managed to cut off. I also had several overripe bananas earlier in the week, so I froze them as well and used them in my smoothie this morning. What a great way to have a refreshing breakfast with fruit that otherwise would have gone to waste!
I should have paid more attention to how to tell if a mango is ripe because I would have had more luck cutting into that sucker. You can tell if a mango is ripe if it is slightly soft to the touch and yields under gentle pressure. You can also quicken the ripening process by placing the mango in a brown paper bag with an apple.
Have you ever had a mango? Do you like them?