Basic SmoothiesSmoothies are a good and quick way to get the daily balance of fruits and/or vegetables in one glass full. It is more a time saver than juicing and uses less fruits or vegetables to get a more than a glass. The blender does it all, it is good if your blender will crush ice. The ingredients are simple: juice, fruits and/or vegetables, combined or all one flavor, add ice. Blend to mix, add honey if sweetness is preferred or make a dessert smoothie with the use yogurt or milk instead of juice.
Benefits of Smoothies
When using the whole raw fruit or vegetable, it gives the vitamins, minerals, sugars, starches and almost all of the plant’s nutrients. The fiber from the fruits provide the benefits to the health of the colon and bowel. Remember to wash the raw fruits and vegetables.
Does your winter diet need altered?
Our morning smoothie gives us a good way to start the day. It is a bit of sunshine for these dark and cold mornings. Have you noticed you like your comfort foods this time of the year? Think of the times you pamper yourself with a chocolate bar, desserts, dish of potatoes, gravy, noodles, macaroni and cheese, and pasta.
Basic Mixed Fruit Smoothie
A quick healthy way to get the nutrients from fruits and vegetables in a refreshing beverage in one glass by drinking a Smoothie
- 1 cup mango and passion fruit juice (consider "Lite" juice)
- 1 banana (sliced)
- 1 small orange (peeled and sliced)
- 1 medium apple (cored and cut in small chunks)
- 2 tablespoon of blueberries
- 2-3 cups of ice cubes
- Using a blender which crushes ice or crush up the ice cubes.
- Pour juice into the blender.
- Add the banana, orange, apple pieces.
- Puree until blended.
- Add the blueberries
- Blend briefly
- Add ice cubes, few at a time and blend until the ice is crushed.
Add a carrot, celery, or ginger to the fruit blend. Use your imagination of combinations of fruits or vegetables. Use less ice if a thinner smoothie is preferred, more ice makes it frozen slush. Yogurt, sherbet, milk, ice cream added would make dessert smoothies, though a lost in the amount of nutrients from the fruit.
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