I’m a huge believer in the importance of eating fresh, local produce. Now that I’m in Brasil, tropical fruit is abundant and as I face my fruit phobias I’m exploring flavours and today I actually used an entire mango and turned it into a delicious salsa. I think I always knew Brasil would be the place that I would have face my fruitty fears and although I’ve had mango before, I’ve never used a whole one in a recipe. There is a first time for everything. Before I begin my recipe, I’m going to tell you about some of the awesome benefits of Mangos, because the fact that they are so healthy is part of my incentive to embark on my new fruit adventures.
Health Benefits of Mangos (sourced from Green Living)
- Contain antioxidants that prevent Cancers such as colon, breast, leukemia and prostate (compounds inclue: isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid, methylgallat, quercetin and abundant enzymes)
- Lowers cholesterol due to high fiber, pectin and vitamin C that result in lowered cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (not so good)
- Promotes clean and healthy skin. In fact mangos can be used both externally and internally for the skin. Mangos clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples, my first TV appearance in Panama included me getting a mango and apple treatment on my glutes! (This post is coming soon!)
- Promotes good eyesight. Just 1 cup of sliced mangoes provides 25% of the necessary daily intake of vitamin A, promoting good eyesight and helping to prevent night blindness and dry eyes.
- Keeps the body alkalized due to tartaric acid, malic acid, and traces of citric acid helping maintain the alkali reserves in the body.
- Helps diabetes because mango leaves can help normalize insulin levels in the blood. The home remedy involves boiling leaves in water, soaking through the night and then consuming the filtered tea in the morning. With a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) mangos have a tendancy not to spike blood sugar levels when consumed in moderate quantities. so moderate quantities.
- Improve Digestion due to enzymes known for breaking down protein and also the fiber in mangos also helps digestion and elimination.
- Green mango juice mixed with water (and a natural sweetener such as stevia) helps cool down the body which helps prevent harm. This is particularly important from an ayurvedic stance to people on their travels to hot climates, as the sun energy burns up the body and muscles causing exhaustion and diuretic and causes overload in the kidneys of harmful toxins.
- Boosts Immunity due to the the generous amounts of vitamins C and A, not to mention 25 different kinds of carotenoids that work to keep your immune system healthy and strong.
- Improves Sex (save the best for last!!) As a naturally high source of vitamin E, mangos when consumed as a whole food and in balanced amounts can help with sexual libido.
Now that I’ve convinced you, here is a recipe to take your tastebuds to the next level of temptation: Brazilian Mango & Black Bean Salsa
- 1 ripe mango
- 1 plum tomato
- 1 small onion
- 1 bunch coriander (finely chopped)
- 1 bunch of parsley (finally chopped)
- 1 hot pepper (minced)
- 1 red pepper (minced)
- 3 ripe limes (juiced)
- 2 tbs Argentine chimichurri spice
- 2 cups cooked black beans
- 1 tbs oregano
- 1 tbs basil
- 2 tbs dried garlic flakes
- 1 tsp minced garlic paste
- 2-3 tbs olive oil (or to desired taste)
- Wash all ingredients before preparation.
- Cut and mix all ingredients as directed. Mix in a large bowl and let sit until juices and flavours soak in.