There are a lot of different dietary lifestyles out there these days, and it’s hard to know which one is best. Is going vegan the answer, or is paleo the way to go?
At the end of the day there are good arguments for both options, even though vegan and paleo are incompatible with one another most of the time.
Then there’s the whole ‘wheat belly’ argument. Is gluten really as devastating as it’s been made out to be the last couple of years?
So it can be hard to come up with a tasty treat that’s not only nutritious and delicious, but also cuts right across the dietary spectrum.
Fortunately, what we have here is a smoothie that’s not only super tasty, but also manages the incredible feat of being simultaneously gluten-free.
Not only is this smoothie packed full of fresh fruit, but it also has amazing detoxifying properties.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 Frozen Banana
- 1 Lemon (we’re only going to use the juice)
- 1/2 cup of frozen mango
- 1/2 cup of sliced pineapple
- 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries
- 1 cup of coconut water
This makes enough for one serving.
Not only is this smoothie delicious, but it also has an inviting, distinctively island aroma.
There’s a reason why mango and coconut extract is commonly used by sunscreen manufacturers and cosmetic companies.
Mango and coconut are rich in organic compounds, which in addition to being distinctively aromatic, have many proven health benefits.
Frozen Is Better
As a general rule, it’s better to use frozen fruit for smoothies.
There’s perhaps the most obvious reason: frozen fruit has the right texture and consistency for a smoothie.
Adding the right amount of crushed ice if you’re using fresh fruit can be annoying, as can washing and cutting up fruit.
If you’re in a rush in the morning, it’s a lot easier to simply throw the frozen fruit in your blender and whip it up quickly.
However, there are other reasons why frozen is better.
For starters, contrary to popular belief, frozen produce has the same amount of nutrients as the “fresh” fruits and vegetables you find at your local green grocer. This because the term “fresh” is often misleading when it comes to certain fruits. Blueberries and strawberries, for instance, are often picked when they’re fresh, but then frozen and packed so they can then thaw out at the shelves of your super market.
Most other fruits and vegetables are shipped off before they’re fully ripe so they’ll mature fully in the produce section.
Even if you can find fully fresh and ripe fruits (at a farmer’s market for example) you then have to use it right away before it goes bad. The clock starts ticking right away with fresh fruit and veggies!
So buy your fruit in bulk, let it ripen, and then freeze it so it’s then handy for smoothie after smoothie.
You can also buy fruit frozen, and a lot of supermarkets actually have frozen “smoothie packs” where you can buy pairings of fruit together.
However, make sure you read the labels carefully; watch out for sugar and other additives.
A lot of sugar is refined with bone char, and this is obviously a no-no if you want your smoothie to be vegan friendly.