Tropical heaven smoothie

This is a tasty, refreshingly delightful blend of mango and pineapple that is an oasis of freshness in what remains of the summer heat. The mango adds a number of health benefits including lowering of cholesterol, clearing the skin, promoting eye health and alkalising the body, while the pineapple improves digestion and prevents coughs and colds. The flaxseed oil promotes slimming and the strawberries are just yummy.

Time: 5 minutes

Serving: 2

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups frozen mango cubes or peach slices, slightly thawed, or 1 large mango, peeled and sliced off pit
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, hulled and halved 
  • 1 cup fat-free vanilla yoghurt or light vanilla soy milk
  • ½ cup chilled mango nectar
  • 1 tbsp frozen pineapple juice concentrate, slightly thawed
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed oil

Method

  1. Place mango, strawberries, yoghurt, nectar, and juice concentrate in blender. 
  2. If using fresh mango, add 4 or 5 ice cubes. Blend until well combined and smooth.
  3. Add oil and blend just to combine. 
  4. Pour into 2 glasses. 
  5. Garnish each glass with a strawberry if you have extras.

Flaxseed oil

Flaxseed oil (also known as linseed oil) is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and a multitude of vitamins and is recommended for general well being. 

  • Research shows low incidence of breast cancer and colon cancer in populations that have high amounts of lignan in their diet. Flax is 100 times richer in lignan than most whole grains.
  • Studies show that Omega-3 fatty acids help lower cholesterol and blood triglycerides, and prevent clots in arteries, which may result in strokes, heart attacks and thromboses.
  • Helps protect the body against high blood pressure, inflammation, water retention, sticky platelets and lowered immune function.
  • Shortens recovery time for fatigued muscles after exertion.
  • Increases the body’s production of energy and also increases stamina.
  • Accelerates the healing of sprains and bruises.
  • Eases weight loss in people afflicted with obesity.
  • Stimulates brown fat cells and increases the metabolic rate making it easier to burn off fat

Nutrition Info Per Serving

399 calories, 8g protein, 65g carbohydrates, 14g fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 2mg cholesterol, 86mg sodium, 5g fibre

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