Fruit & veggies

Hola hola!

Today something super healthy, and not necessarily Spanish.

Every morning when I wake up, I make coffee. I need it so bad! It’s a daily process  that I do, but one that I like. Coffee and news, and let the day begin! My breakfast or snack is usually a smoothie. I love them, and in a few sips you can consume many of the vitamins and minerals you need for the whole day. They say we need at least 2 cups of fruit and 2½ cups of vegetables every day!  I usually eat more than that, but it’s a great way to start the day fresh and with energy.

I make a different smoothie every day. I try to buy fruits and vegetables that are in season for different reasons.  The first is that fresh fruits and vegetables taste better.  So, the fresher the tastier. Second is that very fresh fruits and vegetables retain their vitamins and nutrients better. Third, I like to support the local farmers when I can.  It´s nice to know exactly where your produce comes from. And last, seasonal produce is usually less expensive because it is more abundant and more readily available.  So eat fresh and local whenever you can!

So, depending on the season I will make one or another smoothie.  But since you can´t always find fresh, you can always buy frozen. Frozen is a great alternative because it retains the flavors, is easy to store, and makes it so easy for smoothies because all of the preparation work is done!

Yesterday I went to the annual Philadelphia flower show. Oh my, how beautiful it was! After the show, we spent some time in the city and I went to the Italian market on 9th St.  There they have many different stores with fresh meat and seafood, and also the sidewalks are lined with vendors selling lots and lots of fresh produce. Of course, I went crazy and I bought a lot of fresh fruit. I am already making strawberry ice cream. Yummy!! I love it!

For this delicious smoothie I used;

2 leaves of swiss chard (providing over 700% of your daily needs for vitamin K and over 200% of daily vitamin A needs in just one cup).

1 cup kale (one of the healthiest veggies you can put on your plate. One serving, which contains just 30 calories, provides a day’s worth of vitamin C, twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, and nearly seven times the recommended amount of vitamin K).

1/2 cup pineapple (an excellent source of the trace mineral manganese. It is also an antioxidant and provides immune support).

1/3 cup blueberries (low in fat, packed with vitamin C, excellent source of manganese).

5 strawberries  (Very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of folate and potassium, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C and manganese).

1 cup almond milk (1 cup contains 60 calories and high in antioxidants,minerals and vitamins).

Place all the ingredients into a food processor or blender and mix away!

Before

Before

 

After!

After!

You can change any of these fruits or vegetables. Enjoy it!

Bon profit!!

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