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Bone Broth in a Fruit Smoothie? It’s Actually Really Good.

Okay, before you lose your mind (or your breakfast/lunch/dinner), let’s go ahead and get something out of the way. We know how the words “bone broth smoothie” sound: like something Leatherface would make before going out to terrorize people on the dusty landscape of Texas. But, if you’ve ever had any number of Asian dishes or, hell, if you’ve ever had a Hawaiian pizza, you’ve had some combination of meat and sweet before. Sure, the texture is different in those cases than with a bone broth smoothie, but the principles of the flavor still apply.

We’ll admit, when we first saw this recipe, we were skeptical too. Mango is great. Bone broth is also tasty (more on bone broth here). But the two together? Well, we weren’t so sure. Maybe it was a texture thing. Maybe it was the idea of the flavors extracted from the bones of chickens mixing with the paradisiacal delight of a ripe mango. Maybe it was just the words “bone broth smoothie.” Whatever the reason, there was trepidation when we first made it.

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But then we got to thinking about the ideas mentioned above. Could it actually work? Would it be more than just a source of protein and vitamins? Would it actually taste good? There was only one way to find out.

With some hesitation, we dropped the partially-defrosted broth into the blender with the mango. We BAM’ed it with a little bit of sea salt and we were off. Needless to say, we were surprised. If you’ve got a ripe enough mango, the flavors of the chicken are fairly subtle. The saltiness of the broth comes through and melds with the sweet, tropical mango flavors in a really pleasant way.

If you’re looking for a way to mix up your morning smoothie routine, this is a good option. You’re getting similar amounts of protein and vitamins as you would if you were using spinach and kale, but instead of an earthy, green flavor, you’ll find your palate dancing as it would if you were eating a tropical dinner.

Mango Bone Broth Smoothie

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(Servings: 2)

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Blend together all ingredients until smooth. Serve immediately.

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Sam Slaughter was the Food and Drink Editor for The Manual. Born and raised in New Jersey, he’s called the South home for…
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