Looking to sweeten up your green smoothie with some mouth-watering fruits? Stone fruits are packed with phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals, and also help naturally sweeten your green smoothies without adding any additional sugars to the mix. Read on to learn about some rawkstar tips with stone fruits:
Stone fruit rawkstar tips
1) Pick ripe fruit: Make sure your fruit is ripe– otherwise you’ll get a more tart taste than a super sweet and juicy addition to your green smoothie. You can tell if a peach is ripe by the look, smell and feel. Look at your peach and if it’s rock hard and has a green or yellow color, then it’s not ripe. You know it’s ripe if it feels slightly soft and has a sweet peach aroma.
2) Store at room temperature: For the best taste, ripen your stone fruit on the kitchen counter (or even a dark bag to speed up the process). Once soft and ripe, you can store in the fridge for a few days if you’re not ready to use once it’s ripe.
3) Check the Dirty Dozen list: Unfortunately peaches and nectarines make it to the Dirty Dozen list, so if you can, buy these fruits organic and wash thoroughly due to the amount of pesticides.
4) Keep the skin: You’ll find plenty of insoluble fiber in the skin parts of the stone fruits, which prevent any speed bumps in the digestion system (ahem, constipation).
Super Sweet Stone Fruits
One of America’s largest crops is the peach, and there is no better time to get some than summertime! These no fat, fuzzy fruits are filled with 10 different vitamins, potassium, fiber, and antioxidants that fight free radicals. Free radicals enter our bodies through polluted air and foods, and other chemicals that wreak havoc on our bodies, which is a perfect reason to make peaches to your summertime staple. Look for peaches with soft and fuzzy skin for a delicious addition to your green smoothies. And if you use 2 small peaches, you’ll get more potassium than you get from a banana!
Nectarines are another fat free stone fruit with great taste. They look similar to peaches in color, but their skin is smooth instead of fuzzy. One of the top nutrients in nectarines is vitamin A. Vitamin A is a strong supporter of the main structures in our bodies (skin, bones, eyes, etc.), which makes it a strong stone fruit to add to your green smoothies–your body will be glowing with happiness when you do!
Rid your body of nasty free radicals by adding antioxidant-rich plums to your green smoothies! The antioxidant that plums contain is antioxidant called chlorogenic acid, which fight against certain chemicals and pollution–known as free radicals–that attack our bodies and keep them from functioning properly. Plums also are a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamins, and minerals that are good for your blood. They come in a wide variety of colors (red, purple, deep blue, green yellow), have smooth skin and a sweet flesh, and when dried are commonly referred to as prunes. Plums will fight for your body and keep your taste buds happy!
Did you know one cup of sliced apricots is 25% of your daily vitamin C requirement? Apricots have rich, orange looks, sweet-tart tastes, and a velvety smooth consistency that makes other fruits jealous–not to mention their high nutrient content of vitamin A and fiber. But one of the biggest attractions to apricots are their ability to prevent heart-disease by using beta-carotene to protect LDL cholesterol from oxidation. So, whether you like the looks, the tastes, or the nutrients the best, apricots are sure to make you fall in love.
Dark Red Cherries
Its no secret that dark red cherries taste great and are good for you. But did you know that they offered added benefits to athletes? Dark red cherries have anti-inflammatory properties that are helpful fur muscle recovery after exercise, which can be helpful for anyone struggling with muscle pain. These sweet-tart fruits also contain vitamins A, C & E, fiber, and are low in fat. Instead of using your summer cherry stash for pie, try adding them to your green smoothies with some cacao powder for delicious dessert.