New year’s resolution smoothie

Since a lot of people have New Years Resolutions of getting fit or gaining a six pack or just losing weight in general, I figured I’d post a healthy recipe, featuring four tropical fruits that can really help your body get into shape. A warning, if you don’t like things that taste sweet, tangy, and velvety, go away now. Your kind is not welcomed here. That being said, this recipe is features pineapple, kiwi, banana, and cherimoya or the custard apple. It is gluten-free, vegan, and contains no added sugars, so it not only won’t make you fat, but it also  provides the body with the fuel it needs to get out there and exercise! The flavors are natural, clean, but still delicious, so don’t worry about sacrificing good tasting food because you want to get in shape, this is still an option for you!

The vitamin C per kiwi ratio is higher than that of an orange. This is good, because vitamin C gives the human body more resistance against infectious agents. Additionally, kiwi’s phytonutrients help with the respiratory system, protecting you against breathing problems like asthma. Finally, kiwi provides you with dietary fiber and potassium, so it basically helps your body function properly, both internally and externally.

Pineapples provide protection against macular degeneration, in other words, they keep you from going blind. Additionally, the fruit provides plenty of vitamin C, digestive benefits, and can help prevent ear infections, colds, and flus, so it just equips your body with everything it needs to stay healthy so you can work out more and worry about getting sick less.

Bananas are a good source of vitamin B6, which helps convert food into fuel for the body to produce energy with, as well as vitamin C, potassium, and manganese, which promotes a healthy bone structure. Bananas help provide your body with the right nutrients to keep your body strong, and prevent cramping during workouts.

Despite it’s unctuous, creamy texture, cherimoya or the custard apple has no saturated fats or cholesterol. It is a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and B-complex vitamins. In other words, it’s all the pleasure of eating something that tastes like custard, but none of the guilt. Despite looking a lot like catfood, especially when you remove the skin, core, and seeds, cherimoya is what really makes this smoothie have such a creamy, smooth, and addicting texture.

 

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Taste-wise, the smoothie is tangy, sweet, and you can get a lot of the pineapple and kiwi notes with a subtle tang from the cherimoya. The banana and cherimoya are what provides the sweetness and creamy texture in place of yogurt or traditional dairy, while the kiwi provides a slight crunch through the seeds and a tartness that cuts the sweetness.

 

Makes 2 generous portions:
1 1/4 cups diced pineapple (skin and core removed)
1/4 cup cherimoya (with skin and seeds removed)
1 kiwi, sliced with skin removed
1 peeled banana, sliced
1/4 cup soy, almond, or rice milk

Blend together the pineapple, cherimoya, and kiwi first. Then add in the soy milk, little by little, and continue blending. Finally, add in the banana, and blend one last time. For a colder, thicker smoothie, you can freeze the nondairy milk in ice cube trays, and blend that into the fruits when time comes. Drink while chilled or room temperature for optimal enjoyment, both taste and nutrition-wise.

 

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Sources for fruit-related facts:
http://www.whfoods.com

http://nutritiondata.self.com

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com

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