A green smoothie is a healthy and tasty to start off a day, or recharge in the afternoon. This green smoothie recipe has a lot of great stuff in it but features the tomato.
Here is more about the lovely tomato than you probably ever wanted to know!
Are you aware that tomatoes do not have to be a deeply red shade to be an outstanding resource for lycopene? Lycopene is a carotenoid pigment that’s always been associated with the strong red color of many tomatoes. A small preliminary study on healthy women and men showed that the lycopene contained in orange- and tangerine-colored tomatoes may actually be far better absorbed compared to the lycopene from red tomatoes. This is because the lycopene in deep crimson tomatoes is mainly trans-lycopene, while the lycopene in orange/tangerine tomatoes is generally tetra-cis-lycopene. In a very recent study, this tetra-cis kind of lycopene was shown to be more effectively absorbed by the study volunteers. Although a lot more study is needed in this area, it is appealing to find that tomatoes might not have to be deep red-colored in order for us to obtain excellent lycopene-related benefits.
Among those benefits are indications of a significant link between lycopene and strong bone health. While we don’t frequently think of antioxidants such a lycopene being important for a strong skeleton it is.
All this makes this green smoothie recipe a great way to do something good for your whole body.
In your favorite blender mix:
– 2 cups sliced tomatoes
– 1.2 cup cold tomato juice
– 1/4 cup cold apple juice
– 1/2 cup sliced carrots
– 1/4 cup chopped celery
– 2 cups of ice (or to taste)
To create your tasty green smoothie, cut up the tomatoes, carrots and celery as fine as you can for a smoother consistency, add everything to your smoothie blender and blend until smooth.