Tropical Delight – Yellow Smoothie

For some weird reason, I have been experiencing loss of appetite since two days. You know how breakfast is the most important meal of the day and I try not to skip it but today just the thought of ‘food’ was highly unappealing. As the day passed, I felt weaker.. something HAD to go inside my system to keep me going right? So I checked fridge, there were a lot of goodies except, I didn’t feel like eating.

Found some apples and guavas.. But who wants to go through the lengthy process of cutting. biting and chewing the fruity chunks. (I can get so lethargic at times :$)

Eating a banana looked like my last resort as it’s the only fruit I live on when I’m in this mode of decreased appetite. Banana is a no-fuss fruit for me. Just peel and you are good to go. But then some dates caught my eye. Pronto that gave me the idea “why don’t I just cut these fruits roughly, simply throw them into the blender, puree and chug the resulted smoothie ?”

Sounded something I could use to give me instant energy boost plus “drinking” seemed more palatable to me than “eating” right then. So I went ahead and this is how it turned out…

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All the yellows that went into the smoothie

The texture looked so smoooth and custardy (I LOVE custard) that it sparked some appetite in me. The mellow taste was delightful to my temporarily bored tastebuds, which I enjoyed with every sip. And this delicious whipped smoothie immediately revived my energy!

Here is what was needed:

  • 2 golden apples
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 guava (you can scoop out the seeds because they don’t blend well)
  • 3-4 semi-ripe dates flesh (go for the ripe variety for more sugary taste)
  • Half glass of chilled orange juice

Tip:

  • You can even include half teaspoon of grated ginger if you want to spice up your smoothie
  • If mango is in the season, it could make another wonderful tropical addition to this yellow smoothie!

 

So these were all the ‘yellows’ that was needed to make this delightful tropical smoothie. There is so much rave about GREEN smoothies these days, they are almost ruling most diet plans. Do check out CHUG YOUR GREENS, they have some incredible green smoothie recipes!

And don’t forget to drop a comment below and tell us what kind of smoothie does get YOU going?

 

The Crown Fruit: Pomegranate

From their crown to their lovely sparkling jewel-like arils (seeds) and not to forget the plethora of health benefits each of them holds, pomegranates have so much about them that give them this royal charisma among the fruit family.

During my research I wasn’t surprised to find out that the pomegranate has been held in high esteem in different folklore, legends and cultures. Due to the abundance of edible ruby-red arils this fruit is bestowed with, pomegranate holds symbolism of power, prosperity, fertility and good-luck.

These are just SOME of the health benefits this wonder fruit is associated with:

  1. Cancer Fighter – Packed with high amounts of anti-oxidants, pomegranate is effective in defending against free-radicals and development of cancerous cells.
  2. Heart-Friendly – Rich with Granatin B and Punicalagin, these components are said to fight heart-related diseases and lowers the level of bad cholesterol.
  3. Anti-aging –  Increases collagen production that in turn regenerates skin cells and reduces appearance of fine line and wrinkles
  4. Immunity-Booster – Pomegranates are good source of Vitamin-C which gives it anti-bacterial properties.
  5. Fat-Burner – The amazing amounts of dietary fiber it contains will make you feel full and curb your hunger and thus can become a great addition to your weight-loss diet.
  6. Maintains Sugar – Studies showed there was no significant increase in blood sugar level after pomegranate juice consumption therefore it’s a great drink for even diabetic patients.

Pomegranate juice is also my personal favorite. Just a day back I tried making Pommie-Apple Smoothie at home and it turned out wonderful! The combined health benefits of both fruits found in this drink makes it extra special and tastier.

Bottom left: Close-up of Rubies (arils)

Bottom right: Close-up of Rubies (arils)

Here is the recipe to make two glasses:

  • 3 cups of pomegranate arils (seeds)
  • 2 apples
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Honey according to how sweet you like
  • Ice cubes

Method:

Blend all of the ingredients above at full speed until you see a smooth foamy pink mixture. Pour the mixture into your favorite glass and serve immediately.

Tip: Milk or yogurt or both can be included as well to make your smoothie more creamy.

There are MANY ways pomegranate smoothie can be made with. Just use your imagination.
What other variation would you like to make to the recipe above? Please do share 🙂

Awesome recipe of Orange & Pomegranate Cheesecake – cheftoponkumer2013.wordpress.com/

Vaseline Total Moisture Aloe Fresh – A friend for your dryness distress!

Heat is still on the roll but that doesn’t mean your skin doesn’t require moisturization at all during summers. Specially after taking bath, your skin needs to be restored with essential moisture that has been stripped away by shower gels, soaps and scrubs. Or else dryness and itchiness can get so bad that it would almost feel like tiny bugs nipping you all over! And don’t forget about those rough cracked heels too which can be bothersome with every slightest touch of any fabric on them.. Ughh!!!

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To be honest, I haven’t been much happy with most of the moisturizers I have used until I bought Vaseline Total Moisture Aloe Fresh. It is AWESOME. Other moisturizers feel weighted and sticky on my skin.. I SO hate that! So eventually I feel compelled to wash it off. Even some of those which claim to be light on skin, are not so light on my feet as they soon remind me I have applied ‘something greasy’ that will be there forever and annoy me until I wash it off.

But Vaseline Total Moisture Aloe Fresh is true to its words. It’s so light that it immediately gets absorbed after rubbing onto skin and Voila! “Did I even apply anything there” I wonder. Ofcourse, the main purpose of providing hydration and nourishment to skin is also observed as skin feels silky, soft and supple. Their innovative Stratys-3 complex infusion permeates and disperses hydration throughout all the layers of skin.

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Vaseline

Now, the reason I picked Aloe Fresh out of the range is cz anything with Aloe extract or Aloe Vera itself is great for skin. Aloe heals, soothes and nourishes many problematic skin conditions like eczema. It treats sunburns and is a great moisturizer. I have been happily using it even as a base on my face sometime when the weather is too dry to avoid dry patches build-up. And Yes! Thankgod, I can even use it for my dry heels without it feeling greasy. Who needs a separate foot cream when your body moisturizer does the work?

Vaseline Total Moisture Aloe Fresh certainly is my friend and will be throughout the year. What about you? Which moisturizer do YOU find non-greasy?