Smoothies and Juices are a splendid way to finish off your lunch - deliciously tasty. People love this post-meal ritual that gives a nice nutritional boost to the overall health. Below is a nutritionist-approved list of mixed smoothies and juice you might not immediately think of. These unusual yet delicious combinations satisfy and boost your vitamins and mineral intake. So what are you waiting for? mix it up and don't forget to enjoy!
1. Starfruit and strawberries
Starfruit is a top-notch performer in the area of nutrition, but is very low on the list as a choice for juices or smoothies and that's because of its sour taste. But, the citrusy fruit has a calorie count that is very low (some of the lowest calories per portion in the world of fruit), and is loaded with 1/2 of your daily vitamin C intake per 100ml. It has B-complex vitamins, enormous percentage of minerals e.g. potassium, that negates the effects of high sodium intake. Pair it with sweet strawberries, which help to offset starfruit’s tartness. Strawberries put in antioxidants and polyphenolic compounds to this pink punch, helping to boost your immune system.
2. Avocado and papaya
Papaya(paw-paw) replaces gula melaka in this twist to the popular avocado food stall drink. As a superfood, avocado gives you a wide range of vitamins, which are vitamins K, C, B5, B6 and E, and also rich portion of potassium and oleic acid which reduces blood pressure and aids cardiac stress. Eating avocados can help lower bad cholesterol as well as triglycerides, meanwhile, papaya injects a good dose of the powerful antioxidant, 'lycopene'. The carotenoids seen in papaya helps fight free radicals, and therefore improves the complexion, heart health and even prevents cancer.
3. Mango, cherry and dragonfruit
This fabulous recipe contains sweet mango, cherries, and slushy dragonfruit. The amount of vitamins and minerals that mangoes possess make it a wonderful aid to eye health, thanks to its high dose of vitamin A and beta-carotene. It’s also good after a meal of grilled meats because a spectrum of compounds unique to the fruit, like polyphenols and mangiferin, make it the perfect anti-carcinogen and antioxidant. The tart cherries help activate PPAR (peroxisome proliferator activating receptors) in your tissues, promote a healthy heart and reduce stroke risk. Lastly, Dragonfruit seals the deal for your immune system, with its super antibacterial and antifungal properties.
4. Papaya, pineapple and lemon
These spectacular tropical fruits are big digestion aids. “Both pineapple and papaya are full of proteolytic enzymes,” says Ms Ng. “This combination is perfect after a meat-heavy meal as it helps you to digest proteins.” The papaya also relieves constipation too if you’re feeling a little clogged up. Choosing this three-in-one combination means your system gets a huge dose of beta carotene, vitamin C and bioflavonoids, which are the cornerstones of healthy body functionality.
5. Soursop, coconut milk
This mouthwatering mixture of soursop and coconut milk helps to clears out the digestive system. Soursop possesses a lot of fibre to help with this job, and acetogenins which have anti-cancer features. Meanwhile, Coconut milk contains lauric acid, which is taken in easily by the body and used as energy. Plus, it enhances physical performance along with brain function and aids in complete weight loss. Tasty and transformative... What a combination!!!
6. Sugarcane and carrot
The natural sugars of the sugarcane does it better than any artificial energy drink, hands down. Drink it to avoid a post-meal slump. With its high concentration of iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium, it provides an alkaline environment that aids in the prevention of cancer. Meanwhile, Carrots put in an earthiness to the mix and puts in plenty of fibre and vitamin A into you, to help keep you bright-eyed through the day's work.
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