FRUITS OF THE DAY

With the changing weather comes the spring cleaning, not just in our homes but our bodies as well. One thing that I do for my health is to introduce more and more fruit in my diet. Fruit smoothies are the direction that I usually take, not only is the fruit raw with all of it's natural goodness but nothing is cooked out of it as well. For me my smoothies are not just something to cool me down on a hot summers day but a meal, so all of the ingredients that I put in are for the sake of the body temple. Vitamins and minerals are essential for a strong, healthy body that is capable of fighting off diseases. Raw fruit juices when consumed go straight to the blood stream which delivers their nutritional goodness throughout the body.The fruits that I would like to share with you today is strawberries and bananas.

Strawberries:

Strawberries are full of vitamin C as well as natural sugars that will aid the body in the cleansing process. For the strengthening of the blood strawberries are high in iron and potassium.You can also benefit from the fiber in this fruit. This berry was once considered Youth food because of the health benefits that it gives to the glands. One of the most valuable contributions that you get when you eat this fruit, be it in it's natural state or when you juice it, is ellagic acids. What could ellagic acid do for your body you might say and this is it, Ellagic acid has antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.This powerful little acid can bind with cancer causing molecules, thereby making them inactive.Ellagic acid reduces and sometimes neutralizes the effects of carcinogens PAH. Yes that nasty stuff given off by the smoking of cigarettes. If you live with or are often around people that smoke just grab a handful of these babies and pop them in your mouth. Studies have shown that PAH is dissolved by the ellagic acids in strawberries.This is not just good news for the smoker but for those who have to endure the second hand smoke of others.

When I purchase strawberries the first thing that I look for is the bright red color, secondly I smell them.They must have a sweet aroma coming from them. Always choose nicely firm berries with their green caps attached to them.

Bananas:

High in potassium which is not only good for your heart but your muscular system as well. Second only to strawberries bananas are full of minerals that are good for the body, and let us not forget about the fiber. Because they are a soft fruit it is not wise to juice them with a juicer but to blend them in your blender.

When I purchase them I like to buy them a little green, when i get them home I put them in a paper bag with an apple and sit them on a dark shelf in my pantry or in a kitchen drawer, you could sit them under the sink. The purpose of putting the apple in the bag with the bananas is because the two fruit together create a chemical reaction of natural gases which ripens the bananas to their full potassium levels as if they were allowed to ripen on a tree.If your bananas are very green it may take up to 3 days to ripen, you can also just leave them out at room temperature and let them ripen on their own. If you do use the apple method put in 1 apple for every dozen bananas.

My Smoothie:

For this all you need is a blender, 1 banana and at least 6 or more strawberries. Both fruit are rather soft and when blended form a thick slurry. I usually add about 2 cups of soy milk before adding fruit but you can also use whole milk, or other fruit juices like pineapple, apple......Add additional liquid if you choose to thin it further, using filtered water is also an option. With the addition of ice chips you can turn this fruit juice into one body cooling healthy drink.

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