Sunday Smoothie 7: Apple, Orange, Strawberry and Mint

Back to the berries today. As strawberries are still being sold in large amounts on the farmers market, we bought 3 boxes again today.

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Going with the strawberries, I used oranges, apples, mint and yogurt for this Sunday Smoothie.

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  • Apple; fresh apples help cleanse the system, lower blood cholesterol levels, keep blood sugar level up and aid digestion. Apples help to eliminate toxins in the system. Apples contain vitamins A and some vitamins B and C. Apples also are high in two important phytochemicals: pectin and boron.
  • Orange; all citrus fruits are high in vitamin C and limonene, which is thought to inhibit breast cancer. Oranges in particular can be good for improving mental functions, as they are a good source of choline.
  • Strawberry; strawberry can be effective against kidney stones, rheumatism and arthritis. Next to this, strawberries are also used in cleansing juices and as a mild tonic for the liver. This fruit is high in cancer fighting ellagic acid and vitamin C. Strawberries not only contain vitamin C, but also vitamin A and potassium and some iron.
  • Mint; although mint is now days used a lot in tea, you can perfectly give your smoothie an extra bite by using a couple of leaves of mint in it. Mint can help to treat stomach ache or chest pain. Mint also helps digestion in a way that it breaks down the fats. Because if this, mint is sometimes recommended for treatment of obesity. Fresh mint leaves need to be used immediately, or stored in a plastic bag for just a couple of days in the refrigerator.
  • Yogurt; yogurt can restore and maintain the normal microbial balance in the intestinal tract. For smoothies you can use it to give the drink a somewhat different taste than just mixed fruit. A thick and creamy yogurt can give your thin smoothie more body.

For the Yogurt I always use the organic low fat yogurt from the Trader Joe’s.

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Another healthy Sunday Smoothie.

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Sunday Smoothie 6: Apple, Banana, Pear and Peach

With the summer almost at an end, the fruity fruit are delicious and sweet. So, Sunday morning, the first trip out is to  the farmers market to pick up some fresh fruit for the Sunday Smoothie.

Today we picked up Apples, Pears and Peaches and a lot of Bananas. To give the smoothie some extra bite, I added Mint and a lot of Basil.

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  • Apples; fresh apples help cleanse the system, lower blood cholesterol levels, keep blood sugar level up and aid digestion. Apples help to eliminate toxins in the system. Apples contain vitamins A and some vitamins B and C. Apples also are high in two important phytochemicals: pectin and boron.
  • Banana; use bananas for fruity smoothies. Bananas are antiulcer, antibacterial, they boost immunity and lower the blood cholesterol levels. Due to their ability to strengthen the surface cells of the stomach lining and protect them against acids, bananas are recommended when you have an ulcer. Bananas thicken the mixture and add a fresh fruit flavor to the smoothie
  • Peach; peaches are full with antioxidants, rich in vitamin A and potassium. Peaches also contain Boron, niacin, some iron and Vitamin C. Peaches can help against cancer or heart disease. Although they contain low sugar, peaches taste very sweet. They can make the smoothie a little thick, so combined with bananas, you might need a spoon.
  • Pear; pears are a good source of vitamin C. They can add a sweet taste to the smoothie. Just make sure the pears you use are not hard, but ripe enough so they can add to the liquidity of the smoothie. Pears protect the colon too.
  • Mint; although mint is now days used a lot in tea, you can perfectly give your smoothie an extra bite by using a couple of leaves of mint in it. Mint can help to treat stomach ache or chest pain. Mint also helps digestion in a way that it breaks down the fats. Because if this, mint is sometimes recommended for treatment of obesity. Fresh mint leaves need to be used immediately, or stored in a plastic bag for just a couple of days in the refrigerator.
  • Basil; can help you with your indigestion nervous tension, stress and tension headaches. Just use 1-3 leaves in your smoothie per each cup.

Peeling the fruit is the most work. After this, it’s easy, just blend!

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The smoothie’s viscosity is pretty high because of the banana’s and the peaches. The strawberries were floating on top of the thick smoothie.

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Sunday Smoothie 5: Juicy Juices

For a change I only used my Jack Lalanne Power Juicer to squeeze the juice for my Sunday Smoothie and Vitamin bomb.

Ingredients:

  • Carrots; rich in vitamins A, B and C; iron; calcium; potassium and sodium. Carrots have a cleansing effect on the liver and digestive system, help to prevent kidney stones and relieve arthritis and gout.
  • Watermelon; contain vitamins A and C; iron and potassium. Their high water content make watermelons great for summer refreshments. Use a watermelon to bring more liquid into your smoothie. Watermelon blends well with other fruits to make your smoothie a sweet thirst quencher.
  • Apples; fresh apples help cleanse the system, lower blood cholesterol levels, keep blood sugar level up and aid digestion. Apples help to eliminate toxins in the system. Apples contain vitamins A and some vitamins B and C. Apples also are high in two important phytochemicals: pectin and boron.
  • Grapes; contain large amounts of ellagic and caffeic acids, which deactivate carcinogens, and are a good source of potassium. The flavonoids in grape juice protect the heart, and the resveratrol found in red wine and red grape juice has a protective effect on the cardiovascular system. Grapes also contain boron, which helps estrogen levels, which prevents calcium loss, and may be important in preventing osteoporosis.

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From left to right: Apple Juice, Watermelon Juice, Carrot Juice, Grape Juice. 

Mixed together, the juice is sweet, but at the same time really healthy. Although my version, as displayed below, was very carrot heavy, you can off course mix your own version yourself. Just remember, the carrot taste is pretty dominant,  so you might want to be easy on the carrots at first.

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Sunday Smoothie 4: Beets, Carrots and Berries

For today’s Smoothie Sunday, as it is the first since two weeks, I decided to go big. This means Making a Smoothie with other ingredients than just fruit. I decided to buy some organic beets and carrots on the farmers market, combined with some tasty, fruity berries and watermelon.

Ingredients:

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Watermelon
  • Basil
  • Mint

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BeabaAs we are making a smoothie with the vegetables that are hard when you get them, I used the Babycook from Beaba to steam the carrots and the beets. Don’t overcook the carrots and the beets, otherwise the smoothie will become a mess of slimy vegetable pulp.

Carrots

Carrots are extremely nutritious and rich in vitamins A, B and C; iron; calcium; potassium and sodium. Carrots have a cleansing effect on the liver and digestive system, help prevent the formation of kidney stones and relieve arthritis. For smoothies, carrots are a great ingredient to use, as they are naturally sweet. Carrots can be used in almost any smoothie recipe.

Beets

Beets are high in vitamin A and the enzyme betaine. Betaine nourishes and strengthens the liver and gallbladder. Beets are also full of potassium. Eating beets will have a cleansing effect on the liver, kidneys and gallbladder. For smoothies you can use cooked fresh, frozen or canned beets with any juice. We use fresh organic beets off course!

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The smoothie with carrots and beets was wonderful tasty. The raspberries and watermelon made the smoothie juicy and sweet, where the carrots and beets made the smoothie ultra healthy!

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Sunday Smoothie 3: Berries & Peach

Only a couple of weeks left in the Berry Season, so I thought we would go all berry this week in the Sunday Smoothie. Well, not completely all berry, we just add some other ingredients for the taste. Ingredients:

  • Raspberry
  • Strawberry
  • Blackberry
  • Blueberry
  • One white Peach
  • Mint leaves
  • Basil leaves

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This time I learned my lesson. You put the fruit first in the blender and throw ice cubes  when you already blended the fruit. This way the ice won’t get stuck at the bottom of your blender, and you will get a juicy smoothie from the start.

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I have to say, this particular smoothie was the best so far. All the berries gave it a fruity and sweet taste. And because I only added ice at the end , the ratio between fruit and crushed ice was a better mix.

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Sunday Smoothie 2: Berry Season

The Sunday Smoothie: Strawberry – Blueberry Smoothie

End of July beginning of August is Berry Season. With fresh organic Strawberries and Blackberries available on the farmers market, today’s Sunday Smoothie is all about the berries.

Ingredients: Strawberries, Blueberries, Banana, Basil & Ice Cubes.

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For a little extra flavor and the vitamin B we are throwing a Banana in this pure berry smoothie.

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The only ingredient is crushed ice cubes and some leaves fresh Basil.

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The Basil leaves are not only used in this smoothie for the taste it gives, but also for the specific healing properties Basil possesses: antispasmodic,  soothing digestive, antibacterial, antidepressant, adrenal gland stimulant.

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A wonderful healthy vitamin shot for the Sunday Smoothie today: Strawberry – Blueberry Smoothie.

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For more smoothies, I recommend the Smoothies Bible:

Sunday Smoothie 1: Strawberry & Pineapple

Smoothies can make your day. Start your lazy Sunday with a nice fruity shake, and you are set for the rest of the day. As I could use some vitamins, and there was fresh fruit in the house, I started today with a nice smoothie, one that I made up myself. The Strawberry/Pineapple smoothie.

Ingredients:

  • Strawberry
  • Pineapple
  • Yoghurt
  • Shredded Wheat

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The routine to make a smoothie is pretty simple, you just hack the fruit together in the blender, I use an Oster blender with multiple speeds available. Then you decide how much yoghurt and shredded wheat you would like in the smoothie, and off you go: Will It Blend…

Key for me was to take big chunks out of the pineapple. Usually I use a special device to peel the pineapple, but as we moved a couple of months ago, I couldn’t find my pineapple peeler.

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After a minute or two in the blender, blending and hacking all the fruit and shredded wheat, I could enjoy my multi vitamin shake on the porch. Hhhmmm Smoothie..!

Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

Want to know more about Smoothies? Check out The Smoothies Bible .