Breakfasts — By Ben on 20 June 2012
Mango Bomba (Smoothie)

I’m not sure if this qualifies as mango smoothie because, in reality, it is what we call in Mexico City a bomba, bomb, or a drink that has just about any fruit and cereal that you want to put in it. Sometimes even raw eggs are added to the mixture. I’ve written about this drink before and I called it breakfast in a glass, a very healthy one as a matter of fact.

I can’t give you a recipe for this drink because the ingredients I use for it change depending on the season and what cereals I have in my pantry. But what I can tell you is that this is my favorite time of the year to make them because of the mangoes and berries that I find at the markets.

Last Sunday I bought one kilo of blueberries for less than 3 USD and yesterday I saw strawberries for about 90 cents a kilo. Manila mangoes are around 1.50 USD a kilo and ataulfo mangoes around 1.80 USD for 2 kilos. I usually make my bombas with orange juice. I get 2 liters of freshly pressed (they do it right in front of me) juice for around 2.50 USD at the fresh fruit street stands. If you were wondering why I love Mexico so much, well, there’s one very good reason.

Those are some of the fruits that I’m using at the moment to make my smoothies. But there are other fruits that are available throughout the year like bananas and papaya that I always use. However, the fruits and orange juice are only one part of my morning bombas. The other part are the cereals and nuts I throw in the mixture. For this particular smoothie I used raisins, oats, walnuts, amaranth, a mixture of ground flax seed with nopal, orange and pineapple, and, because this is my after the gym dirnk, I added some powder protein.

What is the nutritional value of this drink? I really don’t know. All I know is that it makes me feel great and I’ve been losing body fat since I started drinking it regularly after the gym instead of my regular breakfasts. But the best part is that it’s delicious! I might moan when I’m drinking it. Especially right now because I make sure to put extra mango in it. Life is good, and if you drink a mango bomba in the mornings, it’s even better.

¡Buen provecho!

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grew up around food. His family owned a restaurant in Mexico City and he spent a big deal of his childhood helping and learning after school the art of creating delicious dishes from simple ingredients. He created this blog to share his kitchen adventures with the world.

(8) Readers Comments

  1. This beverage is without a doubt a “bomba”! So nourishing, healthy and divine.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  2. My mom would make these for us when we lived in Mexico. They really are a great way to start the day. I love your combination of flavours. Also that they change according to season. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I can see why it’s called a “bomba” because it’s a dynamite drink packed with antioxidants. Yum!

  4. One of my faves. Wish I was there now getting fresh fruits and a bomba..I thought they were called liquardos. Are liquardos different???
    Have a great day.
    Melanie

  5. Lucky us (for so many reasons), living in Mexico where the fruit is an affordable marvel. I have every fruit in your photo and am now heading toward the blender! Thanks!

  6. Having this smoothie for breakfast would make me SO happy. And losing body fat because of it? Total bonus points.

  7. I had some of the ingredients and I just made my Bomba. Truly delicioso!

  8. Love,love Bombas!! My mom made them for us every morning before school. (we totally kicked ass)!! I really like adding nopales to my juices in the morning. a great kick. thanks for sharing!!

    ps ~ love your blog (swoon)

    vianney

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