As promised my latest smoothie offering with this time a slice of mango added.
As usual, the recipe was made up of, 6 blackberries, 12 blueberries,
3 strawberries, 6 green grapes, 6 mauve grapes plus this time one third of
a small mango. The whole mango was the size of about that equal to a mans clenched
fist. All went into the mini chopper with the mango being the only fruit that
had it's peel removed. Once chopped up into a mulch this was all then scooped
into a very large wine glass and to this was added the usual three table spoons
of plain goat's yogurt....but you can use cows yogurt if you wish.
The result, very good. I have now managed to loose that tang I got from
blending all the other fruits together that gave no discernible flavour other
than this fruit-juice type tang. The mango has mellowed it down and given this
smoothie a slightly richer flavour that has now made this smoothie quite
appealing. Tomorrow I will stick to the same recipe but will up the amount of
mango used. Still, you can not actually discern what fruits have been used
which means you can add fruits to this mix that you may not actually like the
taste of when eaten on their own. But in the processes get the extra benefits,
vitamin wise, that you would not get if you left them out.
Yet again, no artificial flavourings, colourings, additives or sugars are used
hence why you do not get a strong fruity flavour which in many fruit yogurts
is quite artificial. See below for the health benefits you are getting from
this current smoothie of mine, the yougurt has been left out since you all
know the benefits gained from eating this. Do remember, if you don't like the
taste of yogurt then don't worry for you will not be able to taste it. I do
note that mango peel is very good for you yet some say when preparing mangos
do remove the peel. So I think tomorrows smoothie is going to have the mango
peel added in this time.
The antioxidants in blackberries can protect eyesight, decrease inflammation, prevent premature mental aging, strengthen the blood vessels, protect the cardiovascular system and decrease risks of developing a variety of chronic illnesses, including forms of cancer, diabetes, hypertension and heart disease, cites the American Heart Association and the Ayushveda site.
In a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) laboratory at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, researchers have found that blueberries rank #1 in antioxidant activity when compared to 40 other fresh fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help neutralize harmful by-products called "free radicals" that can lead to cancer and other age-related diseases. Anthocyanin - the pigment that makes blueberries blue - is thought to be responsible for this major health benefit.
Slowed age-related loss
In another USDA lab at Tufts University, neuroscientists discovered that feeding blueberries to laboratory rats slowed age-related loss in their mental capacity, a finding that has important implications for humans. Again, the high antioxidant activity of blueberries probably played a role .
Strawberries are a rich source of the antioxidant vitamin C. One cup of sliced berries offers 97.6 mg, or more than 100 percent of the daily value based on a 2000-calorie diet. Sliced strawberries also provide 40 mcg of folate per cup, which helps protect the health of your red blood cells and protects fetuses from developing specific birth defects. One cup has 254 mg of potassium, making them a high source of this fluid-balancing mineral. Strawberries also help you reach your daily needs for manganese, iron, magnesium, copper and vitamins K and B-6.
Strawberries are a source of antioxidants, which are compounds that help fight disease-causing free radicals you acquire through normal exposure to pollution, chemicals, the environment and certain foods. The antioxidants in strawberries can play a role in lowering cholesterol, as demonstrated by a study from researchers at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, published in the journal "Metabolism" in December 2008.
Grapes are Good Sources of Vitamins
There are various types of grapes available, varying in color and taste. There are black, purple, green as well as pink colored grapes in existence. Irrespective of the type of grape you eat, you can be assured that they are choke full of essential vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B and Folate. A four Oz serving of grapes can contain anywhere close to 20-25% of your daily required serving of Vitamin C.
Grapes are Rich in Essential Minerals
One reason why grapes are good for your health and should be a part of your daily diet is due to the various minerals your body can derive from these fruits. The most significant minerals present in grapes are Manganese and Potassium. These minerals are essential to maintain good blood health, reduce the risk of hypertension, help with depression and improve immunity.
Other minerals found in grapes are Copper, Zinc, Calcium, Phosphorous, Iron and Selenium.
Health benefits of Mangoes
Mango fruit is rich in pre-biotic dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and poly-phenolic flavonoid antioxidant compounds.
According to new research study, mango fruit has been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. Several trial studies suggest that polyphenolic anti-oxidant compounds in mango are known to offer protection against breast and colon cancers.
Mango fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin-A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin. 100 g of fresh fruit provides 765 mg or 25% of recommended daily levels of vitamin A. Together; these compounds are known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision. Vitamin A is also required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in carotenes is known to protect body from lung and oral cavity cancers.
Fresh mango is a very rich source of potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
It is also a very good source of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin-C and vitamin-E. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen free radicals. Vitamin B-6 or pyridoxine is required for GABA hormone production in the brain. It also controls homocystiene levels in the blood, which may otherwise be harmful to blood vessels resulting in CAD and stroke.
Copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidase and superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as co-factors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Copper is also required for the production of red blood cells.
Mango peels are also rich in phytonutrients, such as the pigment antioxidants like carotenoids and polyphenols.
The Kite Fliers
Kite fliers: An imaginary club of solo members, those who don't yet
belong to a formal team so "fly their own kites" - as the saying goes.