Mulberry Smoothie; Healthy and Delicious

Posted by on June 1, 2010 at 2:08 pm.

mulberry.05.31.10.jpgThe invasion of mulberries (in our back yard) is a definite sign that Summer is in full swing.

Mulberry harvesting is one of my most enjoyable gardening past times. The mulberries are thick. If you look down you won’t find a green grassy carpet instead you’ll find mulberries covering every inch of ground. You’ll also find them in the Mulberry trees too.

What makes mulberry picking even more enjoyable, is the variety of birds that pay us a visit during this time. They all converge to feast on those mulberries. There is such an overabundance of mulberries that you really don’t miss the ones that they eat. Mulberries are great in raw ice creams, mulberry jams, tossed into fresh and raw salads, sauces… they’re also delicious in smoothies too.

Yesterday, after arriving home from our carnival adventure, I decided to take some of the mulberries I had picked that morning and make a pitcher of Mulberry smoothie. Although this isn’t a green smoothie recipe the Mulberry smoothie is simple to make, and extremely delicious. I like the tangy (slightly bitter taste) of our mulberries so I normally don’t add anything besides a liquid (this time I used unsweetened apple juice) to sweeten it. However, you can choose another liquid or sweeten with a natural sweetener like honey or stevia.

Mulberry: Health Benefits
Mulberries are delicious, and they have the added bonus of being good for you too.

    • Mulberries are loaded with vitamins and minerals.

Mulberries contain; fiber, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, carbohydrates, iron and proteins which are great for ones health.

    • Mulberries have an antioxidant action.

Mulberries contain anthocyanins (pigments in the fruit) which also has an antioxidant action. Scientist has studied mulberries as a means to fight cancer and diabetes too.

    • Promotes health liver and kidneys
    • Helps eliminate constipation

I’ve used mulberries many times when I’ve had bouts of constipation and it has helped eliminate this condition.

    • Used to treat anemia.

Mulberries are high in iron, so is natural way to treat anemia naturally.

Mulberry Smoothie: Healthy and Delicious

    • 4 cups of Mulberries

fresh is best but if you are unable to get those, get frozen mulberries

    • 3 cups of apple juice

You can also try pineapple juice, or one of the natural sweeteners I mentioned above.

  • 2 bananas peeled and sliced

Directions

  1. Slice the bananas and place into a sealable container; freeze until hard.
  2. In an electric blender, combine the Mulberries, bananas, and bananas; process till smooth.

This smoothie is slightly thick, if you prefer a thinner smoothie add more liquid.

Instead of reaching for a sugary drink devoid of health benefits, why not choose a smoothie that’s not only taste delicious but is loaded with nutrients too? Enjoy!

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2 Comments

  • Janet says:

    We need to get a blender I was telling my husband to make good healthy things you are really an inspiration!

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    Moondancer Reply:

    Hey Janet,
    Blenders definitely come in handy. If you can purchase one that will blast through your tough root vegetables that way you have more of options to choose from when incorporating them into your daily routine.

    One of my former co-workers started making smoothies, and changing her eating habits. I talked to her about nutrition, since she would as me a lot of questions. She was able to come off some of her medication; cholesterol, and blood pressure were reduced too. Drinking smoothies daily was a tasteful way to sneak vegetables into her diet. The smoothies would have been healthy without the vegetables but adding those enhanced the benefits. 🙂

    Some of my family/friends are actually surprised when I tell them that my smoothies contain vegetables. Since in the recipes I create geared for those who aren’t used to eating vegetables they simply cannot taste them. I make pure vegetable juices/smoothies too, but I do like the way they taste so for myself it’s not an issue but for those who are looking for our transitioning a deliciously sweet smoothie (that just happens to contain vegetables) is a great alternative!

    That being said, even if an individual doesn’t have health issues ( I fall into that category) paying attention to the foods we consume is always a smart decision.

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