Mango Chia Smoothie Recipe

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I just finished watching the final episode of The Gilmore Girls the other day. I started rewatching the show from the beginning a few months ago and it has come to a close. Again.

I’ve seen every episode of all 7 seasons at least 5 times each, but I just love that show.

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Lorelai’s quirky humor, Rory’s witty comebacks, the twists and turns of every relationship, and the idea of such a small, close-knit New England town always keep me wanting more.

I want to participate in knit-a-thons to raise money for a bridge (P.S. I don’t know how to knit), go to a Spring Fling with a hay bale maze that weaves through the entire town, and have a Luke’s Diner where I’m a regular and, well, where everybody knows my name.

I know these characters. I laugh at their jokes, I rejoice in their successes, and my heart breaks when theirs do.

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I’ve spent months getting to know them all (again) and then suddenly, it’s all just…over. The final episode came to a close and I was left with the heartless bright blue screen of FBI warnings.

I hate endings, just about as much as I hate goodbyes (AKA badbyes).

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Yes, yes. I know it’s just a TV show, but I connect with people. It’s just what I do.

Whether it is people in TV shows, movies, books, or in real life (I promise, I have nonfictional relationships, too), I just can’t help myself.

There’s a reason I refuse to watch horror movies.

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I feel. Deeply and completely.

You want someone to rejoice with you for overcoming that most recent obstacle in your life? I do that. There will probably be bouncing and hugging involved.

You want someone to double over laughing at something hilarious that happened that day? Oh man, I’m a master of the silent, I-can-hardly-catch-a-breath laugh.

You want a shoulder to cry on? I’m your woman. Tears’ll be falling down my cheeks, too.

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That last one is actually how these smoothies came to be.

Gilmore Girls ended and I was sniffling and trying to accept that there will be no new happenings in Stars Hollow.

Daniel was trying to stifle his chuckles, because he doesn’t get how I can be in such a state of grief over fictional happenings.

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And, all of a sudden, I just knew I needed to make a smoothie.

My mom used to make us smoothies in her food processor on an occasional weekend morning as a special breakfast and I needed a dose of nostalgic comfort, something to bring me back to reality.

And something cold. It’s summer in Tucson and we need all the cool we can get!

Mango Chia Smoothie Recipe : So Very Blessed

I still had mangoes left from the Mango Board, which were perfectly ripe and succulently sweet, so I only added 1 tablespoon of honey, but if your mangoes are more tart, you may want to add more.

Mango Chia Smoothie Recipe : So Very Blessed

And, because it’s me, there were obviously no bananas involved. Blech.

Mango Chia Smoothie Recipe : So Very Blessed

So, I whipped these up and just a few minutes later was sitting down, sipping my tangy, cool treat, remembering how cold my hands would get as I held my little plastic cup full of smoothie as a kid, while our family sat around our kitchen table, taking turns reading the funnies.

Though, we definitely didn’t have chia seeds in our house growing up!

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So, instead of focusing on the end of my TV show, I transported my thoughts to my past, which was at least a partial success, right?

Now, for the important question…

Which show do I start watching next?

Mango Chia Smoothie Recipe : So Very Blessed

Mango Chia Smoothie

  • Yield: 2


  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbs chia seeds
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1-3 Tbs honey
  • 2 cups ice


  1. Place all ingredients in blender and combine on high for 3-5 minutes.
  2. Pour into two glasses and enjoy!



  • Becky says:
    Oh...I've forgotten all about LOST! We watched all of the episodes live, but we haven't re-watched them. And The Office is definitely a favorite in our house! We have watched the seasons sooo many times. The dinner party episode is our absolute favorite! "That one night, you made everything alright..."
  • Becky says:
    Hi Jan! I tell Daniel ALL the time that Gilmore Girls is my comfort show! How funny that you think the same! Oh, the disarming of the church bells cracks me up every time! So glad I'm not alone!
  • Becky says:
    Totally a boy thing. They just don't get it. They're missing out. ;-) And, yes, my mango obsession is still going strong!
  • Becky says:
    It's crazy that your kids don't like smoothies, but they like lassis! How funny! Can't wait to see your new site launch, Rachel!
  • Becky says:
    Thanks, JJ! I love Friends the same way! We own that complete season too and I always avoid season 10, because I HATE saying goodbye! I'm so relieved that there's someone else out there who doesn't like bananas in smoothies. It seems like we're in the minority! ;-)
  • I love your love of the Gilmore Girls :) And this recipe looks so tasty. I just adore mangoes.

    If you're into something a little suspenseful - LOST is a good show. Oh and you can never, ever go wrong with The Office :)
  • Oh these smoothies sound refreshing and perfect. I get so hooked on "fictional happenings" too! And TV. I watch a lot of TV. Hubs and I are rewatching West Wing. Again. For the 3rd or 4th time from the beginning!
  • amber says:
    Try Psych. It is so funny and entertaining. Also, the BBC version of Sherlock and, I'm a little ashamed to admit this one but, The Vampire Diaries. :) Happy TV show hunting!!
  • Jan J. says:
    Oh those Gilmore Girls! I have every episode on DVD too and I have watched them over and over and also still grieve their loss - wish it could have gone on for years. In fact, now I want to watch them again just hearing you talk about it. There has never been anything quite like it - it is my "comfort TV" in the way that a big warm bowl of chicken noodle soup is comfort food. I like to watch it after the kids are in bed and the house is quiet and the lights are out - and just escape into it. I still giggle out of nowhere when I remember Luke and Lorelei going to disarm the church bells and getting caught by the relieved pastor LOL! So, you are not alone! And this smoothie sounds yummy!
  • P~ says:
    I love that you are invested in fictional characters...I do the very same thing.

    Mr. Saucy also shakes his head when I'm crying over a book, movie, television must be a boy thing.

    You smoothie sounds wonderful and I will try it! I'm hooked on the mangoes. Again.
  • Rachel Young says:
    I love smoothies this time of year, when it is warm out (you know that doesn't happen for real long around here). Anyways, my kids for whatever reason don't like smoothies. My daughter will enjoy a mango lassi though, so I made those last week. Your smoothie looks so yummy!
  • Becky - I'm loving your blog! I really enjoy your writing!
    I totally feel the same way with the cast of Friends. I've watched every season at least half a dozen times. I can't wait to try this smoothie. Looks delish! And I agree, no bananas in smoothies! Ick!