Fresh juices and smoothies are a great way to quench your thirst and up your intake of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables. As the weather starts to cool down, it’s a great time of year to strengthen your immune system and prepare for flu season ahead.
A juicing machine is ideal for most fruits and vegetables—extracting the liquid allows us to consume a larger amount of nutrients in one go. However there are some foods, including avocadoes and bananas, that should not be juiced.
When you want to include foods that cannot be juiced, or add textured ingredients such as coconut or yoghurt, a blender is best. Blending also retains the dietary fibre found in fruits and vegetables, which can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Whether you juice or blend, get creative and discover your favourite flavours. Try using these great ingredients:
These leafy greens are top of the charts for nutrient density and are an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin C, fibre and carotenoids, as well as 45 different flavonoids with a variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Try blending frozen kale with equal parts pineapple, yoghurt and water for a delicious and healthy green smoothie.
Lemons are full of vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps combat free radical damage and reduces the visible signs of ageing. It also supports the immune system to help keep colds and flu at bay. Try juicing half a lemon with a couple of apples for a natural lemonade, or juice half a lemon with an orange, red capsicum and three carrots for a tasty juice bursting with vitamin C.
Add some natural sweetness to your smoothie with Manuka Honey. This sweet food is produced in New Zealand and contains unique plant phenols that have unique properties. Add a spoonful of Manuka Honey to a blender with a frozen banana, skim milk and malt powder for a healthy banana smoothie to help you power through the afternoon.
Olive Leaf Extract
Comvita’s Olive Leaf Extract is made from fresh olive leaves and has a high antioxidant capacity, and can help to support immunity and cardiovascular health ** Add a teaspoon to your daily juice or smoothie to and maintain your health.
Remember that most fresh juices and smoothies don’t keep, so try to enjoy them straight away or refrigerate and consume within about 24 hours.
Do you enjoy juices or smoothies? What are your favourite flavours or recipes?
**This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.