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 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..!

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