This Month’s Super Food: Luscious Mango

It’s late summer, and mango is everywhere. In fact, mango may be the most widely-consumed fruit in the world. A stone fruit (as peaches are), it has been cultivated for over 4,000 years overseas, but is a relative newcomer to North America.  Low in calories (one cup is just 100 calories), it is packed with Vitamin C, has great antioxidant properties and may help boost immunity because of its relatively high level of Vitamin A. Mangos also contain a group of digestive enzymes (amylases) that help aid in the breakdown of food for easier absorption by the digestive system.

Did we also mention mango is delicious? Instead of ice cream this week, why not try this quick and healthy mango dessert alternative?

Mango Ginger Parfaits

Compliments of  |  4 servings (serving size: 1 parfait)

2 cups plain 2% reduced-fat Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons mascarpone cheese
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
2 ripe mangos, peeled and chopped
1/4 cup gingersnap crumbs (about 4 cookies, finely crushed)
2 tablespoons flaked sweetened coconut, toasted

Combine yogurt and mascarpone in a small bowl.
Combine sugar, lime juice, and mango in a small bowl; toss to coat.
Combine gingersnaps and coconut in a small bowl.
Place 1/4 cup yogurt mixture into each of 4 parfait glasses. Top yogurt with 1/4 cup mango mixture and 1 1/2 teaspoons gingersnap mixture. Repeat layers with remaining ingredients.