In this series of Let’s get healthy; I will help you uncover some myths about healthy eating of fruit and vegetables in the form of delicious smoothies and juices and what ingredients go well together, over the next four weeks.

Create your own nutrient-rich juices or healthy smoothies with these great food and flavour combinations.  I am very much trying smoothie and juices, part of a meal replacement program.  The list below is not complete, but will help those of you not familiar with smoothies and juices to ensure that you receive your “5-a-day”

Start with these
Add in these
Apples, pears, nut milks Cinnamon, nutmeg, almonds, walnuts
Kale, swiss chard, lettuce Lemon, pear kiwi, ginger
Green tea Berries, tart cherry & pomegranate concentrates
Carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash Turmeric, maple syrup
Rocket, spinach Mint, pear, apple
Pineapple, mango, papaya Banana, coconut
Strawberries Mint, basil, goji berries

 

I like to put drinks into these 5 categories:

Detox/cleanse – fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices that help give your body a beneficial detox boost.

Heart health – foods that can help encourage circulation and reduce stress, to keep you in a healthy manner.

Longevity & beauty – recipes that help strengthen your immune system and bring a glow to your skin.

Mood & immunity – antioxidant rich vegetables, fruits, fresh herbs and even coconut water – electrolyte builders (minerals in the blood and effect the amount of water in the body and controls muscle function).

Weight loss – add a green based smoothie or juice to your daily routine can aid a weight loss scheme.

My next post will be going back to basics about fruit and vegetables in smoothies and juices.  I will also be introducing you to great flavour combinations and adding some new smoothie/juice recipes in the coming weeks, for you to try and share.  I will indicate which category(ies) that they fall into, to help you plan your wellness program.

My first smoothie recipe is for a Green Zinger.

 


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