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National Mango Board – My girls love Mangos!

When it comes to easy healthy dinner ideas I usually am at a stump for ideas. I admit I ask my husband a lot for ideas… after all he is a chef.

When we were asked to incorporate Mangos in some easy Back to School Dinner Ideas I had no idea what to do. In fact I don’t think I have ever served my kids Mangos before.

Not because they wont try new foods. My kids love to try all kinds of foods.They are not shy to try anything (unless it has eyes maybe).

I think one of the big reasons we didn’t try Mangos before is because I THOUGHT I didn’t like them!

Boy I was wrong.

I absolutely LOVED the Mango, and I could say it is one of those fruits I could eat almost every day!

Plus once I found out just how good these fruits are, I definitely will have them apart of our weekly store run!

In addition to sumptuous tropical flavor, mangos deliver a host of nutrients and make healthy eating a delightful sensory experience. The versatile mango is available year round and adds delicious flavor to a balanced diet. One cup of mangos is just 100 calories, so it’s a sweet treat that won’t weigh you down. Mangos are a true superfruit, containing over 20 different vitamins and minerals and each serving is fat-, sodium-, and cholesterol-free. One serving of mangos provides 100% of your daily vitamin C needs and 35% of your vitamin A needs, both important antioxidant nutrients. Vitamin C promotes healthy immune function and collagen formation. Vitamin A is important for vision and bone growth. Mangos also provide 12% of your daily dietary fiber requirement.

We decided to make a simple light dinner using the Mangos and make a Mango Salsa! We put it over top of some grilled chicken and jasmine rice.

The girls had fun helping their Daddy make the mango Salsa.

How do you select the right mango?

  • Don’t focus on color. It is not the best indicator of ripeness.
  • Squeeze the mango gently. A ripe mango will be slightly soft to the touch.
  • A firmer mango would be a good choice if you don’t plan to eat it for several days.
  • Use your experience with produce such as peaches or avocados, which also become soft to the touch when ripe.
  • Ripe mangos will often have a fruity aroma at their stem ends.

Try mangos at different stages of ripeness as they have different flavors and textures.

Be sure to head on over to the Mango Board Website to learn all kinds of tasty recipies and ideas for your family.

The National Mango Board (NMB) is a national promotion and research organization supported by assessments from both domestic and imported mangos. The board was created to drive awareness and consumption of fresh mangos in the U.S. NMB works toward this mission through three core programs; Marketing, Research and Industry Relations.

The National Mango Board challenged me to spend a week creating healthier eating and snacking habits for my family. Join the conversation and one of my readers will receive a cookbook and a chance to win a shipment of mangos and $200 gift card to Williams-Sonoma.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of National Mango Board. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.

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Amanda Acuña an influential Mom Blogger created MommyMandy as an online resource to the parenting community. She has four children and they currently reside in Texas.