Healthy Fruit Smoothies and Vegetable Juices
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I find Healthy Fruit Smoothies and freshly squeezed vegetable and fruit juices to be the most refreshing and tasty way to get a great energy lift and a whole bunch of nutrients to boot. A couple years ago I bought a vegetable juicer and it sits proudly on my counter top and I use it to make Vegetable Juices and Fruit concoctions almost everyday. I contend that by starting everyday with one of my juice combinations, especially during the winter months, I have avoided colds and flu for the past few years. Try it and see if it works for you too!
You will find that I use Echinacea* drops in some of my Fruit Smoothie Recipes and Homemade Vegetable Juices – I believe that it works to ward off colds and flu but if you do not want to use it, try the juices anyway – they not only taste good, but they are really good for you.
Peel the ginger root but don't peel the other veggies and fruit. Process each fruit/vegetable (including ginger) in the juicer. Drop in the Echinacea drops and mix. Drink this while it is still fresh. I find it gives me a real morning boost – almost like a good cup of coffee but the "feel good" feeling lasts right through the morning – no caffeine crash after drinking this Elixir.
*Echinacea can be bought at health food stores and vitamin shops. Per Wikipedia, Echinacea is popularly believed to be an immunostimulator, stimulating the body's non-specific immune system and warding off infections.
Summer Energy Juice
These drinks taste great and are really good for you. You get a good dose of vitamins and nutrients from the fresh veggies and fruit without expensive synthetic vitamin tablets – save money and feel good – sounds like a good idea to me!
Of course you can have fun playing around with different flavour options – beets are really good for you but don't taste so great so adding a sweet fruit makes it easier to drink. I tried to use sweet potato once and that was just horrendous so I wouldn't recommend it! Don't try kohlrabi either – it was not good at all! But melon can be good and grapefruit, orange, ginger and apple are great together – see what works for you.
Healthy Fruit Smoothies
Banana Pomegranate Shake
Blend all the ingredients together in a blender until smooth and frothy.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Coffee Banana Shake
These are all great homemade vegetable juice and fruit smoothies options - but of course, there are tons of other combinations. Try my Fennel and Apple smoothie to jump-start your day! Fresh pineapple, papaya melon, watermelon make great shakes too – try them all out in different combinations. Coconut milk, although packed with calories, tastes great in smoothies. You can't go wrong with any of these ideas!
For more smoothie ideas, check out this awesome site for a whole range of health-beneficial smoothie recipes!
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