Banana Almond Mint Smoothie 


Banana almond mint smoothie.

One more healthy, yummy, chilled and refreshing drink to beat the heat.  And yes very easy to make.

Smoothie is an easiest way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. It gives you essential minerals and vitamins too. You need only some fruits, milk or yogurt and a blender to make this healthy and yummy drink.

Bananas are available in every season and packed with vitamins and minerals.

And almonds are excellent source of vitamins and heart healthy monounsaturated fat.

Yogurt has been consumed by humans for hundreds of years.

It’s very nutritious, and eating it regularly may boost several aspects of your health.

For example, yogurt has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis, as well as aid in weight management.

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You can take all three in a delicious way. Just blend everything and its ready. You can add ice cubes and enjoy as a chilled drink. I have used everything frozen so didn’t used ice cubes. You can add cinnamon or cardamom powder if you don’t like mint.

Recipe 


Yogurt – 1 cup

Banana – 2 peeled and chopped

Almond – 5 – 6 soaked and peeled

Lemon juice – 1 teaspoon

Mint – few leaves

Honey or sugar – 2 teaspoon or to taste

Ice cube – as require

Shredded almonds, lemon wedge and mint string for garnishing

 

 

Method 


Combine every ingredients. Blend until smooth and frothy.

You can add cinnamon or cardamom powder if you don’t like mint. You can add raisins or any soaked dry fruits of your choice.

Taste and add more honey, sugar or lemon juice if require.

Pour the mixture into your favourite glass. Add some ice cubes if require.

I have used everything frozen so didn’t used ice cubes.

Garnish with shredded almonds, lemon wedge and mint string.

Serve chilled.

Enjoy…….

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Guava Banana Smoothie 


Guava banana smoothie.

Smoothie is an easiest way to nourish your body with essential nutrients. It gives you essential minerals and vitamins too. You need only some fruits, milk or yogurt and a blender to make this healthy and yummy drink.

Most fruits are high in vitamins A and C. This smoothie has guava, which is high in folate too.

And banana is a most popular and delicious fruit. It contains fiber, several essential nutrients and antioxidants. Its good for heart, digestion and weight loss.

I have used cinnamon in it. You can use any flavour. But cinnamon is one of the most healthy spices on the earth. It is packed with antioxidants and it can lower blood sugar levels and reduce heart disease risk. And I love the aroma of cinnamon so I use it in most of my smoothies.

If you want to make it dairy free you can use any fruit juice instead of yogurt. You can use any fruits of your choice. Sometimes I use 1 apple too in it.

 

Recipe 


Yogurt – 1 cup

Banana – 1

Guava – 1

Honey – 2 teaspoons or to taste

Cinnamon powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Ice cubes as require, optional

 

Method 
Peel and chop the banana. Chop the guava too. Combine all the ingredients. Blend till smooth and frothy. If you want to add apple in it, peel and  chop 1 apple  and mix with other ingredients before blending.

Place some ice cubes in a glass and pour the smoothie over it.

Garnish with pistachios. Serve chilled.

Collection Of Smoothies 

Navaratri beginnings from October 1st.

Navaratri is a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity Durga. The word Navaratri means nine nights in Sanskrit, nava meaning nine and ratri meaning nights. During these nine nights and ten days, nine forms of Devi are worshipped.

Many people observe fast these days. . Fasting people abstain from consuming meat, fish, eggs, alcohol, onions, garlic, dishes made with common salt or any kind of spice. Some people live only on milk, fruits and fruit juices for the entire length of fasting. Apart from tea, coffee and milk, sago and potato cooked with rock salt are extremely popular dishes among devotees observing partial fast. Milk products and dry fruits can also be consumed.

Smoothie is a thick beverage made from blended raw fruits and vegetables. It can be nutritious and continent meal replacement. So here is some delicious, filling and power packed smoothies and cooler  for your fasting days. I have combined all the smoothies in one post for your convenience. All are low calorie and some are dairy free.

 

 

Apple orange banana grape and carrot smoothie

Pomegranate apple banana smoothie

Coffee banana chocolate smoothie

Papaya and orange smoothie

Papaya smoothie

Dairy free smoothie

Apple almond raisins smoothie

Smoothie with green tea

Thandai flavoured fruit punch/mocktail

Kiwi ginger lime cooler

Cucumber apple smoothie

Cucumber Apple Smoothie 


Navaratri festival is just around the corner. And many of you  observe fast these days. Smoothie is perfect for fasting days. Filing and yummy.
Dairy free low calorie cucumber apple smoothie. Perfect for health conscious people too. 

Do you want a glowing skin? Then add this smoothie with your daily breakfast. 

It is an easy way to get rid of oiliness in skin and leaves you with a glow. 

The older you get, the fewer antioxidants you have in your skin to combat wrinkles and sun damage. Cucumbers can help restore some of these.  Cucumbers are a source of several compounds that fight inflammation and aging. It  can resolves many skin problems and ensures healthy and younger looking skin.

And low calorie vitamins enriched cucumber keeps us hydrated and cool. It helps  in digestion, stabilize blood pressure and good for diabetic. 

Its lowers the uric acid levels and keep the kidneys healthy. They also contain the important nail health-promoting mineral. And also have anti-cancer properties.

This smoothie has apple too. Apple is extremely rich in antioxidants and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease. 

The recipe is very simple. Just blend both add some flavour of your choice. I have used cinnamon but If you don’t like it you can use mint or any other flavour. Make it sweet or salty, both are yummy. You can add small spinach leaves or tomato too.

 

Recipe 


Cucumber – 1

Apple – 1

Cinnamon powder – 1/4 teaspoon 

Lemon – 1/2

Grated ginger – 1/2 teaspoon 

Honey or salt to taste 

Ice cube as require, optional 

Method 


Peel and chop the apple and cucumber. Taste the cucumber, it shouldn’t be bitter. 

Combine everything. You can add few small spinach leaves or 1 chopped tomato too. If you are using salt add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon black pepper powder too. You can use rock salt if you want to take it in fasting days.

 Blend everything until smooth and frothy. Add lemon juice and mix well. Taste and add more lemon juice if require. If you don’t like cinnamon you can use mint leaves or any flavour of your choice. 

Pour the mixture in your favourite glass. Add ice cubes. 

Garnish with cucumber, apple and lemon wedges. Serve chilled .

Paneer Or Cottage Cheese And Mango smoothie 

Auspicious month Shravan. Considered the holiest month of the year. Happy Shravan month to all of you. May God bless happiness and peace  to everyone. May God shower his blessings on you and your family.

This week our #Foodiemonday #bloghop theme is #Satvikfood for the fasting people. My contribution is Cardamom flavoured paneer/cottage cheese and mango smoothie.

Yes a smoothie with cottage cheese or paneer. Paneer/cottage cheese makes your smoothie more rich, healthy, yummy and creamy .

The fifth month of Hindu calendar is Shravan month. Starting in late July and ending in the third week of August. Mondays of this month considered to be most auspicious days and called ‘Shravan Somvar’.

According to a legend the churning of oceans or Samudra Manthan took place in the month of Shravan and it is on a Somvar or Monday that Lord Shiva drank the poison Hala Hal to save the world.
In order to lessen the effect of poison the Devas had offered the Ganges water to Lord Shiva. Because of this on Shravan Somvar in Shiva Temples Lord Shiva is bathed with holy water by the devotees. This month is considered highly auspicious for praying to Lord Shiva.

Many Hindus observe fasts during the month specially on Monday. Fasting means not to torture yourself but to detoxify your body and learn self control.

So if we follow a proper diet and plan our meal during our fast not only we will feel satisfied but we will get enough energy throughout the day. And yes you don’t get weight too. Because main reason of weight gain during this time is the consumption of deep fried foods and sweets.

If we don’t follow a healthy diet the result will be obesity and illness. Protein and calcium rich paneer/cottage cheese is a healthy food. Its a source of various other nutrients and low fat content.

And mango, almond and curd makes it more healthy and yummy. By adding paneer/cottage cheese you will get a rich creamy texture of your smoothie. I have used 1 tablespoon reduced milk you can use more if you like.

Recipe 


Chopped mango – 1 cup
Almond – 4 soaked and peeled
Curd – 1/2 cup
Honey – 2 teaspoon
Reduced milk – 1 – 2  tablespoon
Paneer/cottage cheese – 1/4 cup
Cardamom powder – 1/4 teaspoon
Ice as require

 

 

Method 


Take crumbled fresh paneer/cottage cheese. I have used homemade fresh paneer/cottage cheese. Mix all the ingredients and blend till smooth and frothy.

Pour it in your favourite glass. Garnish with mango and pistachios.

Fasting or feasting enjoy the rich, creamy, healthy and yummy smoothie 😀

Litchi Watermelon Dates Peach Tulsi And Almond Smoothie

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Watermelon, litchi, peach, dates, Tulsi/holy basil and almond smoothie.
I always like to take a glass of smoothie in my fasting days. On these days salt and grains are not allowed.

Refreshing, filling and delicious smoothie is a best way to hydrate us in this scorching summer. And its a without sugar and dairy free smoothie so perfect for everyone even diabetic people too.

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I have added little cucumber too which provides antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits.

A smoothie with litchi. This juicy summer treat is not only yummy. It is highly rich in nutrients and offers numerous benefits for your skin, hair, and health that make it more irresistible.

Peaches also offer a rich treasure of minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, zinc, and copper.

Peaches are low in calories, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol, and are a good source of dietary fiber.

Refreshing Watermelon soaked with nutrients. Contents vitamin A. B6, C, antioxidant and amino acids.
Its detoxifying, support immune system, lower cholesterol and blood sugar.

And we all know that Tulsi or Holy Basil, which has the scientific name Ocimum Sanctum is undoubtedly one of the best medicinal herb that has been discovered.

So make this super healthy and yummy smoothie to beat the heat.

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Recipe

Watermelon juice  – 1 cup

Litchi – 5

Peach  – 2

Dates  – 5

Tutsi or holy basil – 5-6 leaves

Almonds  – 5 soaked and peeled

Cucumber  – 1/2 peeled and grated

Cinnamon powder  – a small pinch

Juice of 1 lemon

Ice cubes as require

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Method

Peel the litchis. Remove the seeds of litchis, dates and peach and chop them.

Now combine everything in a blender. Blend till smooth and frothy.

Place some ice cube in a glass and pour the smoothie over it.
Enjoy chilled, healthy and delicious smoothie with the goodness of fruits.

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Muskmelon/Kharbuj/Cantaloupe Orange And Coconut Smoothie

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A delicious and super healthy dairy free smoothie with muskmelon, orange juice and coconut.

Include muskmelon or Kharbuj in your daily diet in summer. Its high water content helps you stay hydrated in this hot season.

Muskmelon is a good source of betacarotene, potassium, folic acid, vitamin A and C. Its not only good for our digestive system but also good for our skin and hair. Its help you stay healthy.

Orange juice is a great source of vitamin C. Orange juice can reduce the level of bad cholesterol and blood pressure.

Coconuts are one of the wonder foods on earth that have multiple health benefits.
Coconut tree was called Kalpa vriksha in Sanskrit. The tree that supplies all that is needed to live.

In ancient India, the coconut palm has been recognized as a top immune booster, antifungal, antibiotic, antiviral and antibacterial remedy for thousands of years all over the world.
So start your day with this yummy and healthy drink.

 

 

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Recipe

Orange juice – 1 cup

Musk melon – 1

Tender coconut – 1/4 cup  grated

Flax seed powder – 2  teaspoon optional

Sugar or honey  – 2 – 3 teaspoon or to taste

Cinnamon powder – 1/4  teaspoon

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Ice cubes  – as require optional

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Method

Peel, deseed and chop the muskmelon. Mix everything blend till smooth and frothy.

Taste and adjust the sweetest.
Pour in your favourite glass , add ice cubes and enjoy the chilled and yummy drink.

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