Even Popeye the Sailor Man, must get tired of eating spinach all the time. I bet he would not have any problem drinking this iron rich concoction. And so will I for that matter. 🙂
A great way to boost your fruit and veg intake is by making homemade smoothies. Not just for breakfast, but a healthy and refreshing treat at any time of the day, they’re packed with antioxidants and vitamins and will also quench your thirst and keep you hydrated – by Jo Romero
Apple, Avocado and Spinach
The predominant flavour in this smoothie is apple, but while its texture is soft and creamy, it doesn’t contain any dairy. It’s the avocado that makes the drink pale and smooth. Avocadoes are full of Vitamin E and healthy fats which help keep your skin in tip-top condition. It’s tempting to add more avocado to get the goodness in, but add any more and you’ll taste it. If you’re new to green smoothies, try this one for starters.
one-quarter of an avocado, peeled and the stone removed
200ml fresh apple juice, chilled
small handful washed baby spinach leaves (5-6 leaves)
Blitz all the ingredients together and drink while cold – add an ice cube to the mixture before blending for a cooler drink, if you want to.
Spring is definitely on its way and before you know it, it has rolled into summer. We need to gather all the yummy and healthy smoothies we are going to be enjoying this summer in the sun (we live to hope 😉 LOL).
One of our firm favourites is the apple and avocado smoothie. You cannot go wrong with its taste and the goodness that you can get from it.
The amount of ingredients indicated below will generously serve 2
Apple & Avocado Smoothie
1/2 ripe avocado
1 cup apple juice
3 ice cubes
3 sprigs mint leaves
juice from half a lime
Core the apple then cut into quarters.
Using a blender, combine all the ingredients and process for 25 seconds.
Serve in attractive tall glasses.
Photo by www.sodahead.com
Banana Smoothie is a great favourite of mine. The recipe below is just to die for, so delicious.
The amount of the ingredients indicated below is enough for 3 servings.
55ml or 1/4 cup orange juice
4 ripe bananas
3 scoops of vanilla ice-cream
2 tbsp golden syrup
3 tbsp of plain yoghurt
lemon juice (optional)
Cut the bananas into small pieces and put these in the blender.
Add the rest of the ingredients.
Blend for 20 seconds.
To make the smoothie really interesting, dub lemon juice around the rim of the glasses, then roll the rim of the glasses into some sugar. The sugar would then stick to the glass.
Pour into the glasses the banana smoothies and enjoy!
Kalamansi Juice, photo JMorton
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This is my favourite juice of all time. It is not only healthy but it is kind of nostalgic. As a young girl, I used to eat kalamansi all the time. I love them. Some ripe kalamansi can be really sweet but the green ones are so sour, it will blow your mind. I used to eat this green ones with a good dose of salt to complement the sourness.
Kalamansi or Calamansi are little balls of vitamin C. Certainly good to treat scurvy,
Kalamansi Juice is a very refreshing drink. It can be adjusted the way how sour the juice you wanted it to be by adjusting the amount of sugar added.
Recipe for a glass of kalamansi juice:
4-6 large kalamansi
1 tablespoon sugar or honey
Squeeze and juice the calamansi over a tall glass.
Add some water to a third of the glass.
Mix in the sugar
The weather outside is changing.
Summer is fading fast, and consigned to just being a memory, ever hopeful of a brighter sunnier clime for the next year, that is.
Temperature is dropping fast and the immune system had to be looked after for it to be geared to work in tip-top condition.
We therefore have to do what we can; one of the easiest and tastiest way is to drink gallons of juices rich in vitamin C.
We have a lovely recipe for just this purpose.
Lemon & Lime Ginger Ale Recipe
Big handful of green grapes
1 apple, cored and sliced
1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
1 lime, juiced
1 lemon, juiced
sparkling or still mineral water
lime or lemon slices for garnish
Method of preparation:
Put the apple and ginger slices in a blender and juice. Pour the juice into a carafe or pitcher.
Add the juices from the lemon and lime and top up with either sparkling or still mineral water.
Why not pour over a tumble of ice or crushed cubes?!!!
Be invigorated, enjoy!
Autumn is not far off and as such topping up one’s immunity and resilience to coughs and colds is a must.
Below is a recipe for an invigorating, fresh and delicious drink that is sure to kick-start your fight power against infectious diseases these coming autumn and winter. Better yet, it is extremely easy to make.
Orange, Apricot & Honey Smoothie
3 apricots, stoned and chopped or 150g dried apricots
1 orange, juiced
60ml semi-skimmed milk
1 tablespoon honey
Method of preparation:
Put the chopped fresh apricots in a food processor (if using dried apricots, chopped these as well before blending).
Add the orange juice, milk and honey and throw in a few ice cubes and then blend until smooth.
Pour in a couple of glasses and enjoy immediately with a friend. 😉
Classic Tomato Juice Recipe
It is summer time and the feeling is right for a creamy tomato juice.
We used to grow tomatoes in our garden. We did get a lot of the fruits. Our friend, Mick, who has an allotment said that his tomatoes have not ripen yet. It probably has to do with the weather. We have not had a really prolonged warm weather and it is August already.
But if you are lucky enough to have a surplus of ripe tomatoes from your garden then there is no better recipe to make than our classic tomato juice; full of goodness and delicious to boot.
2 kg ripe tomatoes, cored and roughly chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped including the leafy end
1 large onion, chopped
2 tbsp water
1 heaped tablespoon Demerara sugar
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Method of preparation:
In a large thick bottomed sauce pan, preferably stainless steel, combine the tomatoes, celery, onion and sugar with the water. Bring to a boil and then gently simmer uncovered for at least 30 minutes.
Season with salt, pepper and tabasco.
Press through a sieve using the back of a spoon or run it through a food processor.
Set aside to cool and chill.
Top Tip: Add vodka to the chilled tomato juice and you have a perfect Bloody Mary, do not forget a stick of celery to go with it.
Cholesterol Vs Health
This is rather a weird fact but it apparently works as per research done by the Arizona State University. It was found that writing love letters or rather committing your feelings in paper for your love ones actually lowers your cholesterol, which means a healthier heart. Love does make you healthier and happier! 🙂
Recipe to reduce cholesterol level:
Apparently drinking half a cup of the solution below before partaking your largest meal of the day will help reduce your cholesterol.
Without further ado, here is the recipe:
2 cups grape juice
1 cup apple juice
1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
Combine all the ingredients, give it a thorough mix and then chill. Just before eating your lunch, if this is your largest meal of the day, drink a cup of the solution.
Orangeade is so easy to make. This tasty thirst quenching drink is a winner.
The homemade one is even better as you know everything that is added to this deliciously fresh drink.
Homemade Orangeade Recipe
juice of 4 oranges
juice of 1 lime
50 grams caster sugar
1 litre ice-cold water
Using a large jug or pitcher, pour in and mix all the ingredients together until the sugar had dissolved.
Add ice cubes, again stir well.
Serve in tall glasses and quench that thirst.
If you happen to like the orangeade to be carbonated, instead or ordinary still water, why not use sparkling mineral water! Don’t forget to garnish with slices of lovely oranges.
To celebrate this month as well as the day of lurve tomorrow as it is St Valentines Day, we have a smashing recipe that would stoke your passion to the hilt.
It is delicious and more importantly, it is just a quick whiz in the blender.
(will serve two loving couple)
140 grams red grapes
120 grams strawberries
2 passion fruits
1 tsp vanilla
Cut the peaches in half and remove the stones.
Place the peaches with the grapes and strawberries in a food processor and blend until nice and smooth.
Cut the passion fruits and scoop out the flesh. Add to the food processor together with the teaspoon of the vanilla and give the blender another quick whirl.
Pour the smoothie into a couple of tall glasses and share with love.
Why not add a measure of vodka to the smoothie for a more decadent treat! 😉