Saturday, August 11, 2012

Liquid Sunshine!

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Start your morning off with some Liquid Sunshine:  
Pineapple, Mango, Carrot, Apple & Ginger 

~For a moment, I thought I had left the bowels of good ol' Woonsocket, RI and was instantly beamed to a remote and breezy tropical get-away...  Well, not quite... but it was pretty close.

If you'd like to re-create this luscious experience at home, I invite you to give this juice combo a shot!

Liquid Sunshine

1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 mango, peeled and cut away from the seed (tips for cutting mango here)
3 carrots
1 small apple
1" piece of ginger

I used a lot of Soft Fruits in the particular blend, which tend to get a bit foamy in our juicer's juicing screen, so I cut my carrots and apple up into 2" chunks, and alternated them between the pineapple and mango.  This worked quite well, and kept the fruit foam to a minimum.

Now, I usually try and go a bit more heavy on the vegetables for juicing.  However, the day prior, I had made a batch of fruit salsa for my buddy, Scott's birthday, and still had quite a bit of pineapple and mango leftover...  

Fruit Salsa - Mango, Strawberry, Kiwi
Great stuff, recipe here
So as my sugar began to spike, I decided to read about some of the awesome health benefits of mangos.

Some nutritional highlights: 

  • Prevents cancer: the antioxidant compounds found in mangos have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers
  • Lowers cholesterol:  thanks to their high fiber, pectin and vitamin C
  • Clears the skin: As their color suggests, mangos contain beta-carotene, which is converted by the body into vitamin A.  Pair that with vitamin C, and you have some serious skin repair power.
  • Healthy for the eyes: 25% daily needed value of vitamin A
  • Alkalizes the whole body: Tartaric acid, malice acid and trace citric acid
  • Improves digestion: Enzymes
  • Boosts the immune system: vitamins A and C in mangos keep your immune system healthy and strong.
Sounds pretty good to me!  And they taste like paradise, so how can you possibly go wrong? ^_^

1 comment:

  1. what great info on mangoes! i have one in my fridge right now! :)