Kale Apple Smoothie – Smooth and Tasty

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Nov 032016
 
kale apple smoothie

Despite all the health benefits of kale many just can’t come to enjoy the taste. I myself have also had to force down smoothies with either too much kale or too little other ingredients from time to time. But this kale apple smoothie includes just enough fruit to take the edge off the kale and create a fully satisfying smoothie experience.

Try it for yourself and see if you don’t agree!

  • 3/4 cup chopped kale. TIP: remove the stems and ribs for a smoothie drink
  • 1 celery stock. The one we used wasn’t huge and we chopped it up to lessen the load on the blender
  • Half a good sized frozen banana, peeled and sliced. TIP: Peel and slice BEFORE FREEZING!
  • Half a cup apple juice
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • Ice to taste. If the banana isn’t frozen you will probably want more ice

Everything goes into your blender at the same time. Mix until smooth and enjoy!

Kale Apple Smoothie

Carrott Smoothie

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Mar 102016
 
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Carrott Smoothie

On slow days I like to browse around the internet and see what different kinds of smoothies are out there and I am seldom disappointed. This carrot juice smoothie recipe is a great example because it pairs carrots with limes yet comes off really well. I found this recipe at Carrot Juice.com. If you are curious, there is a lot more about carrots on their site.

To make your own carrott smoothie, n your favorite blender mix:

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  • 12 ounces of fresh carrot juice
  • 2 cups of vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 of a peeled lime
  • 3 baby carrots
  • Ice to taste

If you are a carrot lover below are other smoothie recipes using your favorite veggie:

Twelve Veggies WebMD Thinks You Should be Eating

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Oct 092014
 
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If you are healthy conscious at all there is no doubt that you have run across WebMD in the course of your online searches. This is a mega-site by any definition and offers health advice on every conceivable facet of human existence. Here, they offer twelve veggies that, in their opinion, should be in everyone’s diets. The original piece can be found here. Since we showcase veggies a lot in our smoothie recipes this seems like a great time to again remind you how healthy smoothies are and why they should be a part of your meal plans.

 

Twelve veggies WebMD considers to be “Powerhouses” and our recipes that use them.

 

Beets/Beet Greens

Lots of vitamin K which helps prevent type 2 diabetes. We have five recipes featuring beets. The most popular of the five is this one

 

“Microgreens”

By this they mean radishes, cabbage, broccoli, and kale. We feature over sixty recipes with one or more of these veggies. Kale is the most often used, with more than thirty recipes. The most popular Kale recipe we have can be found here.

 

Watercress

WebMD says watercress is a great source of vitamins A, C, and K plus other antioxidants.  We have just one recipe that mentions Watercress and then only as an ingredient in V-8 Juice. That recipe is here.

 

Swiss Chard

Good source of Lutein and Zeaxanthin which are good for eye health and just 7 calories a cup. Currently, we have nothing on the site that includes Chard but we will work on it.

 

Collard Greens

This is another veggie we don’t have in a recipe but we do mention Collard Greens as an import part of a vegetarian diet  and as a source of vitamin K

 

Asparagus

Yet another veggie that we seem to have overlooked in our recipes. It is a great source of vitamin K, folate, and copper.

 

Spinach

Now here’s a veggie we have a lot of recipes for. In fact, we have more than 100 recipes that use spinach one way or another. The most popular of these recipes is this one.

 

Baby Kale

WebMD recommends this if you find the sharp taste of Kale a bit much.  We don’t make the distinction between baby and mature Kale and frequently recommend substituting spinach in a smoothie for a less intense taste.

 

Frozen Peas

WebMD likes peas because of the fiber (6 grams per cup).  We offer a single recipe that uses peas, right here,

 

Red Bell Pepper

Not really a vegetable, but a fruit. Red Bell Peppers offer vitamin B, beta-carotene, and vitamin C.  To make a smoothie that uses Red (or yellow) Bell Peppers, try this recipe.

 

Broccoli

Let me quote WebMD here: “Broccoli is one of nature’s rock stars. It’s a top source of natural plant chemicals shown to help lower the risk of some cancers (though many other things also affect your cancer risk). Each cup of the florets also gives you plenty of vitamins C and K.”   We have a very tasty smoothie recipe featuring both Broccoli and Carrots. Enjoy it here.

 

If you manage to include these twelve veggies in your diet in a meaningful way you can’t help but be a healthier and happier person. Smoothie recipes make adding these twelve veggies easier and you are invited to try the ones we have linked to here as well as the more than 800 others on the site.

 

 

 

Sep 262013
 

Outside of the fact that they taste good, what are the reasons behind the experts telling us that we need five servings a day of fruits and vegetables What are the real benefits of fruits and vegetables?

Here are a few of the reasons as described by USDA:
* Fruit is naturally rich in potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folic acid.
* Diets with food containing dietary fiber may well reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
* Other suspected benefits derived from eating fruits include:
-Reduced risk for stroke
-Reduced risk for type 2 diabetes
-Reduced risk for certain cancers including mouth, stomach and colon-rectal
-Reduced risk of kidney stones

To get the most benefits out of the fruit you add to your diet, consider these tips:

* Choose whole or pre-cut fruit instead of juice to retain the benefits of dietary fiber
* Put fruits high in potassium high on your list. These include bananas, honeydew melons, orange juice and prunes
* If you are using canned fruit use the fruits canned with 100% fruit juice or water and not syrup.
* Mix up your choices. Different fruits have different nutrient contents and you will not get bored!

Traditionally, most fruit is eaten at breakfast which puts all that good nutrition into you body at the beginning of the day. Most top cereal with bananas or strawberries and drink a glass of orange or grapefruit juice.

There is not a thing wrong with this approach because some fruit is certainly better than no fruit at all.

But, instead of cereal and juice, how about starting your day with a fruit smoothie recipe loaded with fruit nutrition and amazing taste?

This smoothie mix adds a lot of healthy vitamins and minerals to your morning meal. Also, you might well find that this really interesting mix of fruits and vegetables to be an answer for a healthy way to begin a diet as fruit smoothie recipes work well with diets focused on healthy snack recipes, healthy snack ideas, and effective and healthy ways to lose weight.
In your smoothie blender mix:

* 2 red delicious apples (cored and seeded) With or without skin-your choice.
* 1/2 cup of raspberries (fresh is best, or frozen)
* 1/2 cup of strawberries (fresh is best, or frozen)
* 1 cup of small cherry tomatoes
* 1 red or yellow bell pepper (seeded ) cut in chunks
* 1 cup of chilled/cold V8 V-Lite
* 1 Tablespoon of Chia seed

This recipe will serve 3-4 people and they will rave about the rich combination of flavors. Serve in chilled glasses and enjoy!


Benefits Of Fruits and Vegetables