How to Make Your Own Healthy Fruit Drink
Why would you want to make your own healthy fruit drink? Because it’ll have more antioxidants, of course!
There are tons of so-called “healthy fruit drinks” on the market. You see them in the fridge at the grocery store – some even have pictures of sparkling pomegranate and blueberries, and claims like “source of antioxidants”.
Is this kind of juice that healthy though? Don’t fall for the commercials you see on TV.
The boxed and bottled juice at the store (no matter how healthy-looking the label is) is not healthy for three reasons:
1. It contains up to 1 tsp of natural sugar per ounce
Not good for diabetics, obesity, or those with high blood pressure.
2. It has no fiber
Fiber soaks up and binds all the toxic matter into one package for the body to eliminate. It also balances pH, promotes weight loss, slows sugar absorption, reduces cancer, reduces cholesterol, prevents hemorrhoids and ulcers, and strengthens the heart.
3. It is pasteurized
The fruit juice is heated at high temperature for preservation reasons. This means it loses its beneficial enzymes, and 25-80% of nutrients and antioxidants!
Making your own healthy fruit drink is such a better option. Plus it saves packaging, and it’s easy.
Of course, eating ripe organic fruit is still the best and easiest option. But sometimes you want something a bit more exotic, or to entertain guests.
It’s as simple as throwing everything in the blender.
If you want the benefits of fibre, use your blender to make these delicious smoothie recipes:
(Hint: the recipes yield 2-3 servings, so share your healthy fruit drinks!)
1 pint strawberries
1 cup water
1 pint blueberries
1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice or 2 whole oranges
2 frozen bananas
2 mangos or 1 ½ cup frozen mango chunks
GREEN SMOOTHIE (You haven’t had a green smoothie? TRY THIS OUT!)
2/3 handfuls of spinach
3/4 cup water
If you like a light clear drink, you can juice combinations of fruits (using a juicer).
This way you can also sneak veggies into the juice, without compromising flavour or sweetness.
Use a juicer to make these healthy fruit drinks:
GREEN APPLE JUICE
1 bunch kale
Some of these healthy fruit drink recipes are from Fresh: The Ultimate Live-Food Cookbook by Sergei and Valya Boutenko.
I love using it for light and fresh antioxidant-packed recipes. There’s over 250 easy recipes, and they are totally original. Sergei and Valya’s simple and gourmet food has flavour unlike anything you ever tasted.
“Not only do Sergei and Valya prepare the most delicious raw foods, which is talent enough, but the clarity, wisdom, and insights they share about foods and health are breathtaking. This book is a must-read for any aspiring health seeker – no question. What they teach now is unbelievably cutting-edge, and everyone should know it.”
- KAREN KNOWLER, the Raw Food Coach
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