This Mango Coconut Mint Smoothie is perfect for breakfast, or as a mid-morning or afternoon snack. It’s also perfect for anyone on a soft food diet or liquid diet.
Last night, a freak accident happened at my husband’s softball game. One of the young men on the team collided with a team mate and ended up with a broken jaw. It was a playoff game, so the kids and I were there to watch. This young man is the same age as my oldest son, so even though he’s not my son, I could only imagine how tough a situation this was going to be.
I rushed him to the hospital where we met up with his parents. When we learned he had broken his jaw, the doctor proceeded to talk about the liquid and soft food diet he would have to be on for the next 3-6 weeks. I’ve taken care of and cooked for people who have been on a soft food and liquid diet before (three of my boys when they had their wisdom teeth pulled, my father-in-law who had Parkinson’s disease, and a friend with thyroid cancer who underwent radiation treatment), so strange as it might seem, I have a lot of experience preparing food for people who are on a soft food and/or liquid diet.
This morning, I made this Mango Coconut Mint Smoothie for my kids as I thought about what this young man could eat when he comes out of surgery today. It will be important to pack protein and nutrition into every sip or bite. This smoothie recipe uses Greek yogurt, which is very high in protein. One cup of Greek yogurt has 20+ grams of protein.
This smoothie can be made thicker or thinner, depending on the consistency you’re looking for. Add more milk for a thinner consistency, or some ice for a thicker one. I made mine more of soft pudding consistency.
I’ll be putting together a post talking more about a Soft Food/Liquid Diet shortly as a resource. Meanwhile, check out my Liquid and Soft Food Recipes, Pureed Soups and Sauce Recipes, and Smoothies and Frosty Treat Recipes if you’re looking for ideas.
Alex, we’re thinking of you, and praying for a successful procedure and a speedy and full recovery. xoxo
Mango Coconut Mint Smoothie
- 2 mangoes flesh only
- 1 cup vanilla non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 cup low-fat milk
- 1/4 cup coconut milk
- a few mint leaves about 1 tablespoon
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Add more milk if a thinner consistency is desired.
Alyssa (Everyday Maven) says
Jeanette – you are so sweet! I think that a lot of people will find a soft food diet resource useful. This smoothie sounds awesome!
Ash- foodfashionparty says
Aw, you are so sweet!!
A refreshing smoothie.
Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking says
I am LOVING the flavor of this smoothie, Jeanette! What an awesome combination in a glass. Gotta try!
I think I’ll try it with the mango frozen.
Karen, frozen mango is great. Sometimes I freeze chopped fresh mango for smoothies – makes them nice and thick + cold.
julie YC says
My 8 year old saw a pic of this, and begged to try it – big hit in the house!
Julie, so glad your 8 year old liked this. Love how your child picked out something healthy!
This is great when your gal friends get together. I put these in a brandy glass and a couple berries on top. Nice and thick with frozen mangos to eat with a spoon.
Chacha – so glad you enjoyed this mango smoothie – I like it thick too!
Two weeks ago, I flipped over my bike handlebars and broke my jaw in three places–the right side was torn completely out of the joint. I got my jaw wired shut, and, like Alex, am on a liquid diet. I love soups and smoothies, but my culinary creativity isn’t the best, and I’ve really struggled to find good guides online (lots of people like to blend pizza and add tomato sauce to thin it out — really???)
This is the first recipe blog I’ve found that’s been so sensitive to people on liquid diets, and I’ve made a few of your recipes now (sometimes adjusted for texture and thickness) and it’s really been a lifesaver! One can only live off of Glucerna for so long before they start to go crazy.
Anyways, I loooove mangos and this sounds like a total winner. I’m excited to make it tomorrow. It’s so simple, but looks so decadent.
Thank you so much for making this horrible accident into something positive — an opportunity to find new recipes and expand my culinary skills. I was starting to suffer from some post-surgery depression, but now I know I haven’t truly exhausted my options…not even close! Thanks for making this recovery period more flavorful and nutritious.
Rori – so sorry to hear about your accident. I am glad you are finding some inspiration in my liquid/soft food diet recipes. Sounds like you are coming up with some creative ideas that should help you through this tough time. If you like science, you might like to explore molecular gastronomy – gels and foams for some fun culinary experiences. Best wishes!