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We've put together a smoothie recipe book that features a bit of the exotic for an overall nutritional treat. Our focus on the Aronia Smoothie is rooted in adding additional nutrients and antioxidants from a variety of raw produce sources and spices, which should amp up the antioxidant benefits in the drinks as well. We've been tweaking traditional smoothie recipes, putting our culinary creativity to work and even adding a bit of the exotic as well for an overall nutritional treat.
Ultimately, the key to a truly beneficial smoothie are the ingredients going into it. Too often, many people and many smoothie outlets tend to use a variety of fruit juices or frozen concentrates in their smoothies to ”smooth out” or even sweeten the drink. The common misconception in using the juice in the smoothie is that the juices are packed with nutrients and vitamins.
Generally, this isn’t the case with the exception of Superberries Aroniaberry Concentrate. The Concentrate is made using a cold press process and contains 1 ingredient, seven pounds of pressed aroniaberries in every bottle.
In fact, most fruit juices undergo pasteurization to meet health department requirements and regulations making them shelf stable for longer periods of time. Pasteurization, while a good process in most cases, heats the juice and destroys much of the nutritional and vitamin value contained in the fruit or vegetable juice. Most fruit juice also contains artificial vitamins, flavors and nutrients replaced after pasteurization, not to mention the preservatives and excess sugars that the body can’t readily process or doesn’t need.
So what should you use instead of fruit juice? Add two ripe kiwis or an orange to smooth out the smoothie and sweeten the mix. Melon, grapes and pineapple are great resources of liquid with their high water, fiber content and health and wellness benefits. Strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, pomegranate seeds and cranberries are also excellent sources that can add additional liquidity to a delicious Aronia Berry Smoothie.
Most fruits and many vegetables contain their own natural sugars which the body processes far better than the refined, processed sugars normally found in the fruit juice purchased from the grocery aisle. The nutrient content in raw fruits and vegetables are also much higher than most of the processed juices, giving an extra kick of health and wellness to the Aronia Smoothie.
Additionally, a true Greek yogurt, coconut milk or coconut water can be used to curtail the thickness and even add a hint of tantalizing flavor to a morning smoothie. Throw in a tablespoon of pure maple syrup or raw honey to take the edge off the Aronia concoction and you’ve got a morning blend certain to keep you running throughout the day.
Interestingly enough, the research we've been doing on the Aronia smoothies and the ingredients needed for optimum health and wellness benefits has been an eye-opener. The most beneficial smoothies use more raw produce material than processed material such as fruit juice. We'll be sharing a few of our recipes from our Smoothe Recipe E-Book on the Superberries site. Stay tuned, and in the meantime, “eat purple”!