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Carrot Mango Strawberry Juice

For my birthday this year, I got a different and unique present: a juicer. And let me tell you, it’s wonderful. I got a centrifugal juicer, which works by shredding and spinning ingredients at high speeds, separating the juice from the pulp (pouring each on different sides of the juicer). These centrifugal juicers are great for us just starting to get into the juicing wave. I don’t do it every day, but I do it at least four times a week. Right now I’m having a carrot, mango, cucumber and orange juice. My favorite combos so far are granny smith apples (green apples)  with celery, as well as this Carrot Mango Strawberry juice. Both are great. I even tried beet juice but still the flavor is too much for me… Too much like a salad. Even though I paired one little beet with an entire pineapple and a granny smith for fun.

Anyway, this post is to tell you all about the bottled amazingness you can find in juices.  For starters, let’s talk about the base of our juice: Carrots. Carrot juice is packed with nutrients, including Vitamin A. It flushes away toxins, improving your skin, hair and nails. It’s great for diabetics since when consuming carrots, it won’t affect the blood sugar levels in their bodies.

Now, Mango Juice helps your digestive system by settling an upset stomach. So if you’re suffering from constipation, have a drink of this marvelous juice, along with grapefruit and pineapple juices. And it is a source of vitamins as well, boosting your immune system with Vitamins A, C as well as caretonoids, and all of them together keep your immune system strong and healthy. What are caretonoids you ask? Those are plant colorful pigments that your body can turn into Vitamin A and are also antioxidants that can enhance your immune system.

Strawberry juice is full of antioxidants, and it’s able to prevent the growth of cancer cells in your body. It has low-fat but it has high fiber. This little red fruits are a bundle of joy.  They improve your heart health, lowering the risk of developing some cancers and lower blood pressure. They are packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E, and it also includes some of the vitamins part of the B-complex: B-6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folic acid. These vitamins are acting as co-factors help the body metabolize carbohydrate, proteins and fats.

See? It’s definitely a win-win with this juice combo. So, here it is, one of my favorite juicing combos: Carrot Mango Strawberry Juice.

Kitty

Carrot Mango Strawberry Juice

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Strawberry Mango Smoothie

Mango season is upon us. This is definitely my favorite time of year. We still have tangerines and strawberries in season, and with this little overlap I am happy. Do you have a favorite fruit, or are you like me that changes with the season? Now, I am waiting for some of the mangos to ripen enough to make a blueberry mango smoothie. Or maybe a blueberry mango and tangerine… See? The possibilities are endless. I had to start off with this Strawberry Mango Smoothie. I just had no choice. Too much deliciousness not to share.

Last week was crazy and this week a bit irregular because of Holy Week break, but I have been keeping true to my word: smoothie or sit down for a proper breakfast. Lately it’s been more of taking the smoothie to go, since I’ve been busy at work, but glad also I’ve been going to yoga. Yoga is good. Specially the afternoon class twice a week.

I am working my way through a cookbook to see what goodies I can make for TFK. I think we need a proper cake or cookie soon. Don’t you think so? Let us know if you guys are looking for a particular recipe!

Ok back to our smoothie, this is as always, very easy and I found this recipe at Two Peas and Their Pod. Like Maria mentions in her post, if you want to thin down the smoothie you can always add water or milk. I did add a little bit, but not because it was too thick, but because I like it thinner than the usual smoothie. Enjoy!

Kitty

Strawberry Mango Smoothie

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Blackberry & Peach-Mango Yogurt Ice Cream Duo

Who said that you need an ice cream maker to make ice cream? With this method, you can make your own yogurt ice cream (or Frozen Yogurt, as it is its proper name) with a food processor, but it takes a little bit longer. You need to make it, freeze it, re-pulse it in the food processor and freeze it again. Hey, waiting a little time makes more sense to me than spending $80 on an ice cream maker. Not that I don’t want it. Of course I do.

Now, lets talk about the benefits of making your own ice creams: You add fresh fruit, honey and yogurt. Nothing else. Nothing you can’t name. Three magic ingredients that open up so many possibilities! Initially, I was only going to make the Blackberry Yogurt Ice Cream, but then I saw the peaches in the freezer and the mangoes in the counter. It was a sign from above. I found two great recipes!

After I made them, I tasted both ice creams for sweetness and they were perfect. After freezing them and about to pulse the ice cream into creaminess again, I tasted once more, just to find that they were not as sweet as they were the day before. I talked with Helga later that day and she mentioned that the sweetness is lost a bit during the freezing process (because of all the ice), so it was better for me to add more honey later on. Both recipes have been adjusted to show the final amounts of honey used.

Both recipes called for sugar, but I replaced it with honey. We still have some of that gorgeous organic honey we were gifted a month ago, so I am squeezing the last bits of sweetness from that bottle. Now, why the double pulsing on the food processor? Well, turns out that since we don’t have an ice cream maker, that mixes the fruit and dairy while keeping it cold, we are doing it separately. So, when freezing for the first time, we can gain some ice on top of the ice cream (that’s why we covered the top with plastic wrap as we do it with custard), and we need to incorporate that ice with the rest of the ice cream.

See? This is extremely easy and fun. I still can’t get pass the color of the blackberry yogurt ice cream. It’s just too gorgeous.

Kitty

Fruit & Yogurt Ice Cream Duo

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Dairy-Free Mango Papaya Smoothie

I finally found bigger and riper mangos at the supermarket. Summer is the best for fresh fruit. Since the mangos were really ripe, they were unbelievable sweet. I paired them with papa for a monday morning smoothie. Browsing online, I found that most of the mango+papaya smoothie combos have yogurt, milk or coconut milk. Since both the papaya and the mango are fruits that are often used in smoothies to add creaminess, I wanted to avoid the milks and yogurt all around… So water it was. And a little bit of orange juice.

The result was a creamy smoothie, I popped it into the fridge for a couple of hours (while I went to the gym) and it was ready for when I went upstairs to the office. We hope you love it!

Kitty

Mango Papaya Smoothie

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