The tango is the dance of love. So, here’s why you should tango with your mango: mangoes have been named the most widely consumed fruit in the world. Some of the possible health benefits of consuming mango include a decreased risk of macular degeneration, a decreased risk of colon cancer, improvement in digestion and bone health and even benefits for the skin and hair.
Love your mango and it will love you back! Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like mangoes decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, overall lower weight.
Yes, fruits are great, but today I’m talking about mangoes, so here’s how to incorporate more mangoes into your diet:
Do not judge the ripeness of a mango by its’ color. Look for fresh mangoes that yield slightly to pressure when ripe. Avoid fruits with many black freckles on the skin. Mangoes will continue to ripen at room temperature. When at the desired ripeness, store them in a plastic bag in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Mangoes taste best when slightly chilled.
- One of the best ways to enjoy a mango is diced fresh, just by itself. Take the mystery of out how to cut a mango by watching this helpful video.
- Make a tropical fruit salad with fresh papaya, pineapple and mango.
- Muddle mango into your glass of lemonade, iced tea or water for a burst of fresh fruity flavor.
- Make a fresh salsa with papaya, mango, jalapeno, red peppers and chipotle pepper and use as a topper for your favorite fish tacos, baked salmon, tofu or chicken.
- Add a few slices of fresh or frozen mango to your smoothies. Combine with pineapple, strawberries and coconut almond milk for a sweet tropical treat.
- Try tossing mango into your next salad! It will look beautiful up against all those greens and give an added twist for flavor. Drizzle with lime juice for a citrus kick.
To get you started with your mango tango, dance in your kitchen with this new mango salsa recipe — spice things up in your kitchen!
2 cups chopped pitted peeled mango
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
2/3 cup chopped green onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 limes – squeeze for fresh lime juice
1 finely chopped jalapeño pepper (optional, but highly recommended)
Combine the mango,red pepper, jalapeño, green onion, lime juice and cilantro leaves and mix well. Refrigerate for one hour to allow flavor story blend.
Serve with tortilla chips, spread on a taco, top a burger, or bake with fish or chicken— however you decide to use your mango, this salsa is sure to add some spice to your life.
Let life be flavorful.