Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Smoothie #3

   The smoothie quest has taken off rather well! The other day, my parents noticed my interest in smoothie making and, very nicely, bought me a whole host of colourful, ripe, nutritious fruits!

   I've been experimenting more and more, seeing which flavours mix well together and which fruits can be combined to produce the  correct consistency for a deliciously smooth thirst-quencher.

   Today I discovered that black grapes, raspberries, apricots and cherries not only create a smoothie which looks gorgeous, but also tastes ludicrously good.

   Here's the lowdown on the nutritional values of these summery fruits:

   - Black grapes contain vitamin A, which strengthens your immune system and improves eyesight. It also works as an anti-ageing tool as it works to keep skin healthy.

   - Raspberries contain vitamin C, a vital component in protecting the cells in your body. They are also a good source of vitamin B-6 and magnesium, both of which allow your body to use and store energy.

   - Apricots are a great all rounder, containing vitamins A, C and B-6 and also magnesium. Iron is also found in these fruits, preventing against anaemia.

   - Cherries also contain all of the above, plus calcium, which gives you healthy nails and teeth!

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   If you're worried about what portion sizes you need, a good indicator is to grab a handful of the fruit you want to include in the smoothie. A handful sized portion will provide enough nutrition to give you one of your five-a-day.

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