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The mango – Folk around the world celebrate it as “The King of Fruit”

yes, well we have to agree. There’s nothing like tucking into one on a hot summers day. Mangoes were born in East India, Burma and the Andaman Islands bordering the Bay of Bengal. All hail the mango.

Who knew…?

  • Its cousins are the cashew, pistachio nut, poison oak and poison ivy. We wonder what their family reunion would be like!
  • Hindus sometimes brush their teeth with mango twigs on holy days (be sure to rinse well and spit if you try this at home – apparently it’s toxic!)
  • Got a pet cow? Don’t feed it mango leaves! They’re considered toxic and can kill cattle or other grazing livestock.
  • More mangos are sold on Earth than any other fruit. Any other fruit. Think about it!
  • Although the mango fruit skin is not considered edible every part of the mango is beneficial in some way and has been used in folk remedies in some form or another. Whether the bark, leaves, skin or pit, they have all been concocted into various types of treatments or medicines down through the centuries.

Why it’s good for you…

  • Mangoes are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, as well as a good source of Potassium and contain beta carotene.
  • Mangoes are high in fibre, but low in calories (approx. 110 per average sized mango), fat (only 1 gram) and sodium.

Famous Mangoes…

  • Mango Joe’s Beach Cafe “enjoy Joe’s Offbeat Seashore Decor”
  • Mango Pirates – What disappointment that this band has nothing to do with both mangoes OR pirates

Ok we’ve clearly got not much to say on Mangoes, so we found this great mango daiquiri recipe we think you should try, in a lame attempt to cover up our lousy research!

Mango Daiquiri – Simply wack 0.5oz lemon juice, 0.5oz lime juice, 2oz light rum, 0.5oz triple sec, a cup of fresh sliced mango and a handful of ice into a blender on high speed. Mmmm yes, this went down too well at last Friday night’s drinks. All evidence of that night was erased!

Get your mango fix at Boost with a…

  • Mango Magic Low Fat Smoothie
  • Passion Mango Low Fat Smoothie
  • Soraya’s Favourite Super Smoothie
  • Mango Tango Fruit Crush
  • Tropical Fruit Crush

Milk – most people associate milk with the creamy taste and white colour, however what you may not know is that not all milk is white.. hippo’s for instance produce pink milk! I wonder if it would be like a strawberry milkshake?

Who knew…?

  • Cows have an acute sense of smell – they can smell something up to 6 miles away!
  • Milk is better than water for cooling your mouth after eating spicy food. Milk products contain casein, a protein that cleanses burning taste buds.
  • There are approximately 340-350 squirts in 1 gallon (4.5 litres) of milk.
  • The International Dairy Federation holds World Milk Day on the last Tuesday of May. It has run every year since 1957…

Most popular cow names:

1. Daisy
2. Ruth
3. Rita
4. Theresa
5. Grace

Why it’s good for you…

  • The major player in milk is calcium – essential for maintaining total body well being. Your body needs it every day, not just to keep your bones and teeth strong, but to also assist your muscles and nerves in working properly!
  • Milk also contains vitamins A, B2 (riboflavin), B3, B6, B12, D, E & K, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and selenium.
  • Milk also provides a complete source of protein (both whey and casein) for growth and development, and a natural source of carbohydrate for energy.
  • Recent research highlights other natural components in milk with health benefits such as antioxidants, growth promotion and immune protection. Milk protein, such as whey, is rich in these natural components, and even milk fat contains a compound called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).  Research in animals has found that CLA may have a beneficial effect on cancer cells.

Where you can find milk…

  • Banana Buzz Low Fat Smoothie
  • Banana Lychee Low Fat Smoothie
  • King William Chocolate Low Fat Smoothie
  • Raspberry Ripe Low Fat Smoothie
  • Cookies & Cream Low Fat Smoothie
  • Gym Junkie Super Smoothie
  • Breakie to GoGo Super Smoothie