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Strawberry-Grapefruit Smoothie July 29, 2012

I bought a juicer at the beginning of the new year.  The goal was to bring some power-packed nutrients right into my body, and so far I’ve been pleased.  I’ve tried many juices that are both fruit and veggie based, and I’ve enjoyed them all.  However, when spring came around I was able to try out some strawberries, and I love the crisp, tart, freshness they bring to a serving of morning juice.  I stumbled upon this recipe from Whole Living Magazine’s May 2012 issue.  It was part of their 3 day cleanse.

It’s believed that by using seasonal fruits and vegetables in a specific combination, one can begin flushing old waste and toxins from the digestive system.  This in turn brings a sense of well-being, possible weight-loss, and increased energy.  I must be honest, doing a cleanse is not the most fun way to experience food, but Whole Living Magazine does an excellent job at making the food tasteful, as well as interesting.

This smoothie by far is one of my favorites, and I still make it when time permits in the mornings.  If you have a high-powered blender you can use it to make these ingredients into a smoothie.  I opt to use my juicer getting down to the pure nutrients of the fruits.  Let’s get to the YUM! You will need the following ingredients:

Ingredients:

1 Ruby Red Grapefruit, peeled, seeded, and chopped

2 cups of hulled, fresh strawberries

1 sweet apple, cored and chopped.  I prefer to use Fuji apples.

1 inch fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

1 cup of water (blender only)

Press all ingredients through a juicer, or place in a high-speed blender.  Process until smooth and enjoy!

 

Ginger-Peach Smoothie August 1, 2011

There is nothing better than the simple satisfaction that comes from putting yummy goodness into a blender…pressing puree…and then enjoying a frothy, healthy, fulfilling smoothie.  With the invention of the smoothie there is no reason not to have time for a good start to your day.  This month’s featured smoothie is the Ginger-Peach Smoothie from Weight Watchers.  Ginger has many health benefits, as do Peaches. 

Ginger can help stimulate digestion, relieve nausea, and sooth cold symptoms to name a few. Peaches are a powerful anticarcinogenic.  Which simply means it’s believed to fight some cancers since it contains high level of antioxidants.  They are also believed to help with digestion due to their high water and dietary fiber content.  The nice thing about peaches is they can be found year round in your grocery store freezer section.  Always seek frozen fruits that have no added sugar.

Let’s get to the YUM!  You will need the following ingredients:

1-2 pieces of crystallized ginger (can be found at your local health food store.)

2 tbsp of agave nectar

1 cup of unsweetened, sliced, frozen peaches

1 banana

1/3 cup of nonfat, plain, Greek yogurt

3 tbsp of orange juice

1/2 cup of water

handful of ice cubes

Combine all ingredients into blender.  Puree until smooth.  Depending on level of hunger could yield 1-2 servings. 

Enjoy!