Well, we`re definitely getting right into the heat of summer here in the Baja! As I`m sitting here it`s 10:00 am & the temperature is 93 degrees & rising. Gonna be another hot one or maybe I should say another 3 months of hot. Welcome back, so nice to see you again but let`s try to stay cool this year, no overheating, no frustrations, we`ll limit the sweaty t-shirts & try to spend as much time as possible in that beautiful big ocean we`re blessed with. And… this year I have a secret weapon, cold soup or more specifically Beat The Heat 5 Minute Chilled Mango Coconut Soup. Yep, 5 minutes active time & an hour or so to chill & you`ll have yourself an incredibly delicious treat. This is the perfect summer starter course for dinner, great to accompany a salad at lunch or basically just fantastic anytime.
Now not only is this so crazy good but it`s crazy good for you! Here are a few of the amazing health benefits of Mangos & Coconuts.
From Care 2 Healthy Living http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-health-benefits-of-mangos.html
1. Prevents Cancer:
Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes.
2. Lowers Cholesterol:
The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff).
3. Clears the Skin:
Can be used both internally and externally for the skin. Mangos help clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples.
4. Improves Eye Health:
One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes.
5. Alkalizes the Whole Body:
The tartaric acid, malic acid, and a trace of citric acid found in the fruit help to maintain the alkali reserve of the body.
6. May Help with Diabetes:
Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood. The traditional home remedy involves boiling leaves in water, soaking through the night and then consuming the filtered decoction in the morning. Mango fruit also has a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.
7. Promotes Healthy Sex:
Mangos are a great source of vitamin E. Even though the popular connection between sex drive and vitamin E was originally created by a mistaken generalization on rat studies, further research has shown balanced proper amounts (from whole foods) does help.
8. Improves Digestion:
Papayas are not the only fruit that contain enzymes for breaking down protein. There are several fruits, including mangoes, which have this healthful quality. The fiber in mangos also helps digestion and elimination.
9. Helps Fight Heat Stroke:
Juicing the fruit from green mango and mixing with water and a sweetener helps to cool down the body and prevent harm from overheating. From an ayurvedic viewpoint, the reason people often get diuretic and exhausted when visiting equatorial climates is because the strong “sun energy” is burning up your body, particularly the muscles. The kidneys then become overloaded with the toxins from this process.
10. Boosts the Immune System:
The generous amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A in mangos, plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy and strong.
From Sun Warriors https://sunwarrior.com/healthhub/the-healing-wonders-of-coconuts
Top 10 Health Benefits of Coconuts
1.Supports immune system health: it is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasite
2.Provides a natural source of quick energy and enhances physical and athletic performance
3.Improves digestion and absorption of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals
4.Improves insulin secretion and symptoms associated with diabetes
5.Helps protect the body from cancers due to insulin reduction, removal of free radicals that cause premature aging and degenerative disease
6.Reduces risk of heart health and improves good cholesterol (HDL)
7.Restores and supports thyroid function
8.Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infection
9.Promotes weight loss
10.Helps keep hair and skin healthy and youthful looking, prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, age spots, and provides sun protection
I don`t know about you but I`m feeling pretty good about my Beat The Heat 5 Minute Chilled Mango Coconut Soup!Here`s all you need for your Beat The Heat 5 Minute Chilled Mango Coconut Soup:
Mango- 4 cups roughly chopped Fresh is preferred but frozen will work perfectly here!
Coconut Water- 1 1/2 cups
Coconut Milk- 1 15oz can
Lime- 1 large or 2 small juiced
Habanero, Serrano or Jalapeño Pepper- 1, seeds & veins removed
Mint Leaves- a small handful
Salt- 1/2 teaspoonA quick look at the key players. It`s mango season here in Cabo so needless to say a pretty special time but don`t worry, if you can`t get fresh or they`re super expensive frozen mangos will work perfectly in this recipe!You might be jealous but I also have 2 fresh coconut vendors within a minute from my house but no worries. Packaged coconut water & coconut milk are fabulous! Just make sure you get unsweetened coconut milk, not the cream used for Piña Coladas.Remove the meat from the mango & give it a rough chop. Don`t worry, your blender`s going to do all the work.Add to your blender cup.Add in the coconut water, coconut milk, lime juice, mint leaves, chili pepper & salt. Don`t let the chili`s scare you. Most of the heat is in the seeds & veins that you removed. There`s just this ever so slight spice in the background. I used a Habanero pepper because I love their citrusy flavor. Trust me here, the pepper`s are not scary!Give it a whirl & let your blender do it`s thing. Blend until smooth & dreamy! That`s it, the work is done. Nothing to do now but let it chill in the fridge for an hour or so. If you happened to use frozen mangos you can skip this step & serve immediately because it`s already nice & cold.
Serve & enjoy your Beat The Heat 5 Minute Chilled Mango Coconut Soup!! You might want to bathe in this stuff it`s so good!
You might also take a look at my Chilled Avocado Gazpacho.