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5 Naturally Sweet Stone Fruits

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).

 

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Super Sweet Stone Fruits


peaches2Peaches

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!

 


nectarineNectarines

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!

 


plumsPlums

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!

 


apricots2Apricots

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.

 


cherriesDark 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.

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  1. cathy

    July 4th, 2013 at 8:39 am

    You guys rock! thanks for all you do to help us out!

  2. Briana

    July 4th, 2013 at 10:03 am

    These fruits are fantastic-just don’t eat any of the pits because they are toxic.

  3. Michele

    July 4th, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I am so grateful for the mission that you all are on….. I’ve lost ten pounds since starting my Green Smoothie journey and feel fantastic! Thank you for all the great information!

  4. Michele

    July 5th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Michele,

    Congratulations on loosing ten pounds….If you don’t mind can I ask what else you are eating besides the green smoothie or are you doing 3 smoothies a day?

  5. Kelly

    July 4th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    I’m so looking forward to adding these to my smoothies. And an awesome coincidence is that mom-in-law gave me bags of nectarines and plums yesterday!

  6. Cheryl

    July 5th, 2013 at 6:25 am

    I didn’t know this about cherries! I do a calisthenic workout 4x per week and I am always looking for anti-medication ways to resolve muscle soreness.

  7. Jadah and Jen

    July 5th, 2013 at 6:36 am

    It makes them even better!

  8. Chelly

    July 5th, 2013 at 7:25 am

    Stone Fruit sounds like fun. I’m looking forward to this week’s smoothie line up.

  9. Bonnie

    July 5th, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I am so thankful for you guys. I’m getting quite an education while getting healthier!

  10. Pam

    July 7th, 2013 at 4:28 am

    I’ve never tried any of these fruits in my smoothie and look forward to doing so. Thank you both for your knowledge and inspiration…you are the BESTEST!!! 🙂

  11. Mirkka

    July 8th, 2013 at 4:27 am

    Thank you girls! This is perfect – just what I was looking for. My question is, can I put the stoned fruits as a whole to the smoothies? THANKS!

  12. Jadah and Jen

    July 8th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    You should take the pit out first 🙂

  13. Kat

    December 7th, 2013 at 4:42 am

    I’ve making my own up now after doing the 30 day challenge. Nectarines were on special so got heaps and used in smoothie that turned out yummy. It was kale, coconut water, frozen mix berries, nectarines and chia seeds for protein.

  14. Jodie

    June 16th, 2014 at 11:53 am

    Thanks looking forward to the new challenge.

  15. SGS Rawkstar

    August 24th, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Hi Jodie,

    We hope you enjoyed our 30-Day Challenge, + hope you’ll join us for our next challenge starting up October 1!

    Cheers 🙂

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