Mangoes in Mexico
Wow was Mexico ever gorgeous! I soaked up the sunshine, ate delicious, local food, found that I still have a mean volleyball serve and even had some thrills on a seemingly endless zipline that criss-crossed the forest. I definitely replenished my vitamin D and slept soundly (did you know that Vitamin D helps you sleep?)—so important for keeping my Permanent Remission in check.
One of the local foods that I already adored and ate daily while there, is the sweet and tasty mango. I had them blended in virgin margueritas (I avoid alcohol since my double cancer diagnoses), I had them sliced in chunks and I even had them on a stick!
In Mexico, they have a smaller variety that is oh so sweet and delicious. They sell these smaller ones on the beach on a stick, sprinkled with salt and chili powder and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. I can’t describe how delicious this snack was!
Mangoes are actually the world’s most popular fruit! There’s something about their tart-sweet combo that makes them among my favorite foods. Not only are they tasty, but they have some great health benefits. With over 20 vitamins and minerals, the mango ranks in the super food category.
The yellowy orange color is a giveaway for beta-carotene which has been shown to play a protective role against colon cancer. Micronutrients in mangoes have also been shown to have an impact on breast and colon cancers. Rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants, mangoes have zeaxanthin, an antioxidant that is great for your eyes in particular. As if that weren’t enough, they’re also high in vitamin K, which helps with calcium absorption, vitamin A, C and E which are good for your skin and hair, high in potassium which is good for your heart and high in fiber which is good for digestion.
I love them in smoothies (I make a great one with a ripe banana, about a cup of frozen mango chunks, an orange, some almond milk and a big handful of baby spinach) as well as snacking excessively on them dried. Do try to find dried mango without sugar added though–the sugar isn’t needed and is not good for you anyway.
Another favorite way to use them is this quick and easy WHITE FISH WITH MANGO-LIME MARINADE AND COCONUT-LIME RICE recipe! So yummy with the combination of coconut milk, lime, tamari and chili oil. Click here to download the recipe!
Enjoy the tasty and sweet mango, knowing it’s also super good for you. Let me know in the comments below your favorite way to eat them!