Nothing says summer quite like a chilled mango and their health benefits make them a fantastic choice too. It’s easy to see why they are Australia’s most popular seasonal fruit; we consume around 8 million trays of them every year!
Mangoes (or mangos) are packed full of energy, are low in fat and brimming with calcium and other vitamins that are essential for a healthy body.
An average sized mango provides three times your recommended daily intake of vitamin A and C. They also provide more beta-carotene than any other fruit as well as being an amazing source of potassium and fibre.
Mangoes help you to maintain a healthy blood sugar level since most of the energy they provide comes in the form of carbohydrates. Being low GI means they will always keep you feeling fuller for longer and reducing the tendency to over-snack. Half a mango only contains 248kj or 60 calories for those watching their daily calorie intake.
As well as their health benefits they just taste delicious and are versatile too. You can eat them all by themselves or add them to dishes both sweet and savoury or even make drinks out of them. Try a homemade mango smoothie, or adding some freshly sliced mango to desserts such as Pavlova or to a summer salad for a touch of sweetness and vibrant colour.
Mango season, just like summer, never seems to last long enough so get them while you can. Your health and your tastebuds will thank you for it.
Fun fact: Mangoes have been around for over 5000 years and there are more than 1000 varieties around the world. What’s your favourite?
Check out the Fitstyler Healthy Recipes page (http://www.fitstyler.com.au/Health_Nutrition/Healthy-Recipes/) for some tips!