It’s been a long hiatus. Blame the 365 salads I was working on, that I hope, make it to a book. Last year, I set myself a GOAL or resolution, as I would like to call it, of making 365 NEW SALADS in the year, a new salad every day, and sure enough, I managed. Was it tough? Yes, of course, it was. But sheer determination and resolve saw me reach Day 365 with a celebration of life!
This year, I hope to post 2 things a week, yup 52 only of each!
A healthy juice or smoothie and a child-friendly healthy meal.
I do believe that good eating habits need to be inculcated as kids, and in case you have brats like I was, you feed them healthy ingredients, without their knowledge.
But coming back to this post, it’s an Antioxidant Punch.
I prefer to blend my ingredients than juice them because essentially the fibre present in the veggies and fruits is one of the most important elements in food and juicing knocks them off, but juicing does make the juice nutrient rich. To differentiate between the two, blended juices are called smoothies and you can add many more ingredients to them. Blending also makes the smoothie robust and keeps you full for longer, making it ideal for breakfast.
I also do not add any ice or sugar to my smoothies. Makes no sense watering it down, right?
- 1 6-inch carrot
- 1/2 cup pomegranate pearls
- 1 orange
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 10 mint leaves
- Blend each fruit separately and then pour into a glass.
- Muddle the mint with a bit of lemon juice, to keep its colour and pour on top of the juices.
- Add chia seeds all around the mint leaves and dress with a few pomegranate pearls.
WHAT IT DOES FOR YOU:
CARROTS are rich in vitamin A, minerals, fibre and antioxidants, which help reduce the risks of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
POMEGRANATES are rich in vitamin C, potassium, antioxidants and fibre. It prevents dental plaque and reduces blood pressure.
ORANGES are rich in vitamin C, they improve blood circulation, reduce the risk of stroke and boost the immune system.
CHIA SEEDS are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, fibre, antioxidants and calcium.
MINT leaves help in memory retention and alertness. It is also a natural stimulant.