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    Natures Cure

    Star Fruit, Banana and Spinach Smoothie

     

    The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”     Ann Wigmore

     

    Calories: 163 | Fat: 1g (grams) | Protein: 4g | Carbs: 38g | Calcium: 7% | Vitamin A: 9% | Vitamin C: 93%

    This fruit and veg smoothie is perfect as a morning fluid breakfast if you are on a raw food detox or fluid detox or simply looking for a healthy alternative to your usual breakfast.

    The Star fruit is refreshing and light. It often reminds me of cucumbers and if you do not have Star fruits readily available, cucumbers will do just as well.  Both Star fruits and cucumbers are an excellent accompaniment in a vegetable smoothie packed with the power of nature`s amazing nutrients.

    Star Fruit straight from the tree- ready for juicing. Ile-Ife

    Star Fruit straight from the tree- ready for blending.
    Ile-Ife

    To make the smoothie, I tend to  use mild greens like  Tete (Spinach), Amunututu or a few Ugu leaves (Ugu is a stronger leaf….use sparinly!)

    Fresh Ugu leaves

    Fresh Ugu leaves

    A slice of Raw Ginger

    Ginger has a very long history of use in various forms of traditional/alternative medicine. It has been used to help digestion, reduce nausea and help fight the flu and common cold, to name a few. Ginger is absolutely essential to ensure you get the benefits of this combination of raw ingredients.

    download ginger leaves

    Making the Smoothie

    To remove the seeds of the start fruit,  simply cut the fruit lengthwise along each of the five sides. The seeds are located on either side the the five points and can easily be removed with a knife or your fingers.  I use the peel which is quite edible, you may strip off the skin on the ridges which can be quite hard. Personally, I wash, chop and blend! Enjoy. 

    Creamy Starfruit-Banana and Spinach Smoothie

    1 large starfruit, deseeded
    1 banana, peeled
    2 cups fresh baby spinach (or Ugu leaves, mustard leaves or kale)
    8 ounces of filtered water ( or freshly squeezed orange)
    Ginger

    Calories: 163 | Fat: 1g (grams) | Protein: 4g | Carbs: 38g | Calcium: 7% | Vitamin A: 9% | Vitamin C: 93%