Chock full of carotnoids

Chock full of carotenoids

With the weather in the Northeast finally getting warmer, it’s time to really start enjoying smoothies. Stone fruits such as nectarines, peaches and plums are coming into season and this smoothie recipe makes a great treat any time of day.

It’s packed with antioxidant vitamins A and C, several carotenoids, potassium, and a good amount of fiber (the real kind). Using frozen fruit eliminates the need for ice cubes and cuts down on dilution, but, it’s just as good with fresh fruit. The added bonus is because you are making it yourself, you know that it’s low in calories, as opposed to some of the smoothies that are commercially available which can contain upwards of 600 calories per smoothie.

Recipe courtesy of the “The Smoothies Deck” by Mary Corpening Barber, Sara Corpening & Lri Lyn Narlock

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups of orange juice

2 cups diced nectarines, frozen

1 cup diced fresh mango, frozen

Method:

Pour the orange juice into a blender. Add the nectarines and mango. Blend until smooth.

Serves 2

Nutrition information per serving:

185 calories

4 grams of fiber

700 mg potassium (15% of the daily value)

96 mg of vitamin C (>100% of the daily value)

1,333 IU Vitamin A (> 50% of the daily value)

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