Remember when Friday used to mean:

Ahh good times. I could not be happier it’s the weekend. I say that every week, but every week it’s true.

Kinda like when I run, my body turns off around mile 3, when I work my brain turns off around Thursday. So the fact that there are Friday posts on this blog is really quite remarkable to it’s blogger. (And yes, I’m congratulating myself for a 5-day work week, around here we celebrate mediocrity with gusto)

So today on Foodstuff Friday, I’m featuring a smoothie concocted by amateur smoothie makers- me and Eric! While I do feature smoothies all the time on this blog, they are usually created by somebody else, namely my mom or Bevan. And while I’m very good at following smoothie recipes, Eric and I decided it was time to make one up ourselves.

First we went to the grocery store to get the stuff. And, you know how when you embark on a task with the goal of making it the best thing ever it suddenly makes you forget how to do everything related to that task?? Like when you want to write the best post ever and suddenly you forget how to string words together into sentences? Well, Eric and I walked into the produce section of Whole Foods like we had never picked out fruit before.

“What should we get?” We kept asking each other quietly as we strolled slowly and wide eyed around the citrus fruits.

Mangoes? Mangoes! We both narrowed our eyes on the mango display and darted over. The only problem was, there were so many different kinds. We normally get the pre-cut mangoes for the ease and accessibility factors but when we saw that something called CHAMPAGNE MANGOES were on sale and sounded fancy we were intrigued. So we got both.

Then we got some kale- once again we stood staring at the kales trying to think of what the best one might be. I actually don’t remember which one we got. And then we also picked up some pineapple, berries and plain greek yogurt. In list form that looks like:

  • Mangos
  • Champagne Mangos
  • Kale
  • Pineapple
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries
  • Plain Greek Yogurt

So then we got home, put the stuff away and went for a hike around the pond, which if you forget what that looks like, I’ll remind you:


And after the hike, we were so thirsty/hungry we were so excited to make the smoothie. We plopped all the ingredients into the blender,  added some ice and a little bit of water and voila!


Brown! (thus the name: ‘Downtown Mr Brown Smoothie’)

It doesn’t look pretty but mark my words it was sensational. We didn’t blend it into oblivion because I personally love a really thick smoothie  (and yes I like to chew my beverages- I like my orange juice in the form of pulp with a splash of juice) so this was really really good. Eric and I credit the 2 types of mangoes  for making it so delicious.

And there you have it. I hope you all have absolutely fantastic weekends. The weather is getting gorgeous in Boston so I’m very excited to get outside.

What are you up to this weekend?

What’s your favorite smoothie ingredient?

What’s your favorite summer cooler-downer: ice cream, froyo, sorbet, sherbert, smoothies or other? (I have to say in the summer, its a very close race between froyo and sorbet)

41 Thoughts on “Foodstuff Friday: Downtown Mr Brown Smoothie

  1. TGIF! I fondly remember all those shows! Now that I think about it, it’s kinda sad how much Friday nite TV I watched! My brain shut down around Tuesday this week so definitely glad it’s Friday. I love sorbet & froyo swirled together. Best of both worlds!
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    • Whoa, it’s not easy to blow my mind with combinations of sweets because I thought I had tried all of them, but sorbet/froyo swirl just totally did- ive never thought of that!! oh i have some research to do this weekend :)

  2. I still haven’t tried a smoothies with mangoes and berries, but I want to so badly! It sounds delicious! Mangoes are so expensive though…last time I went grocery shopping they were 2 for $4…and that was their sale price. Love the color of your smoothie, btw. It looks so…appealing? 😉
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    • Lol so appealing right?! I promise it was good. These mangoes were $1.something- aka an AMAZING deal, which is why we got two kinds. we also could have gone for protein powders and all that pricey jazz but we decided we’d rather have the mangoes than all that. ahh life is all about sacrifices after all :)

  3. Bhahahahah – “celebrating mediocrity with gusto” is one of the best things I’ve read in a long time. I often tell people that I strive for mediocrity, so I’m 100% on board with this policy. :)

    Oh, and welcome to the kale smoothie club! Mangoes + kale are an awesome combination, and I’m glad you had such a fabulous smoothie. Downtown Mr. Brown might also be the best smoothie name ever. Whenever I make mine with strawberries and blueberries, I start singing “One Eyed One Horned Flying Purple People Eater” (am I the only one whose misspent youth involved this weird song?) and have thus started calling my purple smoothies by that name. :)

    Have an awesome weekend, and TGIF!
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    • Hahaha “One Eyed One Horned Flying Purple People Eater” is the best smoothie name hands down! I never actually knew the first part of that phrase I would always sing “he was a na-na, na-na, blimey purple people eater” blimey as in the british exclamation. i can’t explain it. have an awesome weekend chica!

  4. Love smoothies! I like berry ones which I made the other day, but I also like to take frozen pineapple and coconut milk and agave nectar with some vanilla frozen yogurt. SOOOO GOOD!
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  5. I think my brain turned off on Wednesday this week!
    The smoothie sounds great! I’ve never put mango in mine, but now I’ll have to give it a try!
    Have a great weekend, and enjoy the nice weather!
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  6. TGIF! So glad it is finally Friday! The smoothie looks delicious! I my smoothies with any frozen fruit possible… and I like ’em thick so I can “chew” and eat them with a spoon! :) I totally get it! This weekend I’m headed to my cousin’s wedding. Should be an event-filled weekend! Have a good one!
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    • Haha YUP- exactly- I love them so thick i could use a spoon too :) Have a blast at your cousins wedding! Thats so fun! I hope you post about it next week, looking forward to reading about it :)

  7. You’ve inspired me to create something new today…don’t know what, but it will be creative, ugly and new! Delisssssious!
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  8. Haha, I enjoy celebrating mediocrity with gusto too! That was hilarious. Smoothies that are the yummiest aren’t often very pretty. :) That sounds like a delightful recipe. What are champagne mangoes? My favorite smoothie ingredient is frozen bananas because it makes it feel like ice cream.
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    • Oh my gosh how good are frozen bananas in smoothies?! I think we meant to include them in this smoothie and then forgot? I could have SWORN we used them, but then when I looked back I realized we didnt. the mangoes gave it a pretty thick texture. have a wonderful weekend lovelies!!

  9. My fav smoothie ingredient is definitely avocado! And I still have a baby dinosaur stuffed animal at my parent’s house that when you pull the cord says ‘I’m the baby” “You’re the mama”
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    • Hahaha I had one of those dinosaur stuffed animals too! I’ve actually never tried avocado in a smoothie! I’ve been seeing a lot of smoothie recipes calling for avocados lately so I’m dying to try it!

  10. I’ve never tried a smoothie with mangoes but I think it’s time that I got on that train!
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  11. Champagne mangoes are fantastic, right? My boyfriend has an obsession with mangoes and whenever mangoes go on sale for $1 or under we stock up. We once bought a Costco sized box of mangoes, he was in mango heaven! My favorite smoothie ingredient would probably have to be strawberries and if seeds count then chia and flax. I also like to juice, and beets are great in those :) Have a great weekend!
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    • Those champagne mangoes were soo good! we got a few and i ate them plain for the rest of the week. they were delicious! i love strawberries too, i cant believe we didnt add them to the berries we threw in, huh, must have been an oversight! I need to get a juicer- ive heard such great things about beet juice! have a wonderful weekend my dear!!

  12. Remember Sabrina the Teenage Witch? My favorite!

    I honestly don’t make smoothies that often, probably because I hate cleaning my food processor. Also, there was that one time that I had my wisdom teeth removed and made myself sick on smoothies.

    That said, I really like frozen bananas with soymilk and peanut butter. Not really a smoothie, but still delicious.
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    • oh yummm- that frozen banana/soy milk/PB combination sounds like the type of thing I need to start incorporating in my life. YUM!! and yeah- actually i stayed away from smoothies for the longest time bc of my experience with them when i had my wisdom teeth out too!! ive only very recently started drinking them again!

  13. Champagne mangos??! I’m so intrigued! You’ll have to let me know how they are :) And I used to be OBSESSED with TGIF – oh the good ol’ days!
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  14. I love mango smoothies! Or mango anything, for that matter. Berry smoothies are a go-to snack for me :)
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    • Soo good right? Yeah it really hit the spot as like a snack/meal thing in the middle of the afternoon. Mangoes are quickly becoming my favorite fruit.

  15. Um, champagne mangoes? What are those, I’ve never heard of them before! I need to try this recipe, it sounds yum!
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  16. What are you up to this weekend?
    The wknd will be low-key…just how I like it! Movies at home with the hubby tonight, shopping on Saturday and church on Sunday. :)

    What’s your favorite smoothie ingredient?

    What’s your favorite summer cooler-downer: ice cream, froyo, sorbet, sherbert, smoothies or other?
    I’d have to say a really good fruit smoothie, although froyo topped with pineapples, blueberries, kiwi and a little chocolate 😉 is a very close second!
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    • I love blueberries too. And yes- froyo is all about the “stuff” on top. I always get mango, mochi and the third topping rotates between raspberries, blueberries or coconut.

  17. I am HORRIBLE at creating my own smoothies . And I see all these Pinterest pins about how easy it is and still! Epic failure! Which is why my frozen beverages go as follows: frozen fruit, almond milk, spinach. Every time.

    EXCEPT THIS TIME, because I can follow directions like a beast, and this looks totally delicious, even with it’s brown color. You don’t see nearly enough brown food out there 😉 weekend is here, have a great one darling!!
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    • Hahaha i follow directions like a beast too. Its my favorite way to do kitchen stuff. and by kitchen stuff i mean cooking. does making smoothies technically count as “cooking”? ahh the deep questions of life :)

  18. ohhhhhhhhhhh! I love almond butter in my smoothies :) I also got into cherries and bananas with kale or spinach! I LOVE smoothies! Happy Friday : )
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  19. Besides the typical ingredients; fruit, milk, protein powder, vegetables, I think it’s so important to add xanthan gum to smoothies. Makes em extra thick :)
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  20. No matter the color that sounds fantastic! So cute you made it together too : -) My favorite summer cool-downer is either fro-yo or a Popsicle of some sort. Grape, lime, lemonade, whatever! Popsicles scream summer to me!
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