Vitality 4 Life has put together a wonderful collection of fruit and veggie smoothies as part of your healthy diet. All these smoothies contain nothing but raw foods and therefore make a perfect addition to your raw food diet.
Berry Blast Smoothie
In this recipe berries bring a sweet fragrance with a subtle tart overtone and make this low GI treat a real winner. Research is suggesting that raspberries have the potential to inhibit cancer cell proliferation and tumour formation. Raspberries contain ellagic acid, an antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and prevents damage to cell membranes. Whilst fresh berries are best, freezing does not destroy their anti-oxidant activity and is sometimes more convenient. Berries are also heart-healthy foods. In a Finnish study, subjects who ate two serves of berries a day were found to have lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol.
Spinach has been found to have thirteen different flavonoid compounds with anti-cancer properties. Spinach has been shown to slow down the growth of cancer cells in the stomach and the prostrate and to be inversely related to the incidence of breast cancer. Spinach has also been shown to protect against osteoporosis, heart disease, colon cancer and arthritis.
1 cup raspberries 1 cup blueberries 1 apple 3 big handfuls of baby spinach 2 cups of water
Using any good blender – we use the Power Mill Blender – blend together the apples, raspberries, blueberries and water for 30 seconds. Add the baby spinach and blend until smooth.
Warming Ginger Smoothie
The combination of pineapple, mango and ginger in this smoothie gives it an Asian twist. If you are in a cold climate then don’t let this stop you from drinking green smoothies. Ginger is warming on a cold day and also helpful during colds and flus to help you sweat and promote detoxification. Ginger also eliminates intestinal gas, relaxes and soothes the intestinal tract and is anti-inflammatory. In herbal remedies, ginger is used to alleviate nausea, dizziness and vomiting. To benefit from ginger you only need to use a little, as the active substances in ginger are so concentrated.
Pineapple is an excellent source of manganese, which is an important mineral in energy production. Pineapple is often recommended to promote good digestion.
½ head romaine lettuce 1 cup pineapple 1 large mango 1-inch fresh ginger
Blend the pineapple, mango, ginger and water for 30 seconds. Add the romaine lettuce and blend until smooth.
We use the amazing Power Mill Blender to achieve the best results in the shortest time possible.
Totally Green Smoothie
1 avocado 1 large cucumber 2 cups spinach 2 large leaves collard greens 2 leaves black kale 3 lemons, juice only 1.5 cups water (a few slices of a Gala apple sometimes)