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No, not that kind. Today I’m talking about the yummy and beneficial fruit you can add to your salad to create a light yet filling summer meal – it involves no cooking, little time, and it’s delicious!

Mangos carry huge benefits, such as preventing cancer, promoting eye health, boosting memory, and boosting sex drive (move over, oysters,) so you can feel great about devouring this meal. Oh, and don’t forget the amazing benefits mango has on your skin. Scroll down for the salad recipe, a simple dressing recipe you can whip up in seconds, and a quick and easy recipe for your skin.

Healthy Mango Salad

You’ll need:

Lettuce (I usually get a head of red leaf, and a head of romaine)

2 mangos

2 carrots

1 bunch of grapes

1 handful of blueberries

Rinse, chop, toss – done. *Tip: for the carrots, get out your peeler, and once the skin is off, keep peeling the carrot so that you get thin strips rather than cut chunks or circles.

For the dressing:

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

2/3 cup Olive oil

1 tbsp dijon mustard

1 tbsp fresh herbs, your choice (or 1 tbsp Italian seasoning)

1/2 shallot, chopped

1 clove garlic

Toss all ingredients into a Magic Bullet or other food processor for about a minute, and serve.

Mango Skin Treatment

1/2 cup fresh mango juice

1 tsp honey

1 cup rolled oats

Mix three ingredients together, apply it to your face and neck in a gentle circular motion, and rinse off after thirty minutes. The honey retains moisture in your skin, while also absorbing any impurities, which makes it a great treatment for acne; the mango is rich in beta carotene, making it a powerful antioxidant which increases your cell turnover and protects your skin from free-radical damage; and the oats provide a gentle exfoliation for your face. Talk about a fruit with benefits…enjoy!


Alessandra Macaluso is the author of What a Good Eater! , Lucy the Bee and the Healing Honey, and The Real-Deal Bridal Bible. She’s also a Qigong and Tai Chi instructor, and overall wellness advocate. Her work has been featured in several anthologies which can all be found on her Amazon author page, and she has contributed to The Huffington Post, Scary Mommy, TODAY Parents, and many other online publications.

Alessandra is a northerner-turned-southerner, enjoying the south with her children, Penelope and Ciro, and her husband, Greg.

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Wow great tips to know! I’m doing the facial tnight!

Nice, let me know how it goes! I bet you’ll love it…makes your skin so smooth!

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