I made the yummiest nectarine and raspberry smoothie the other day and so I wanted to share the recipe.
It’s a play on peach melba- but instead of peaches I used nectarines. Plus I snuck in some leftover steamed carrot because… well why not! If you’ve got any leftover cauliflower or neutral tasting veggies you could throw them in as well.
Nectarines are in season now (August – September in the UK), which means they’re pretty cheap and so I’ve been buying a lot recently (hence my nectarine & mango nicecream recipe as well)!
Nectarines are bright orange in colour thanks to beta-carotene. This antioxidant is converted by the body into vitamin A, which helps to maintain healthy skin, teeth, bones and tissue. Nectarines also contain other vitamins, such as vitamin C, folate and lutein. And minerals such as potassium, which plays a role in regulating cell functions, pH blanace and protein synthesis. In addition, they contain magnesium and calcium. This means they’re a super tasty and nutrient packed addition to your smoothie.
And raspberries… ?
Raspberries are also full of goodness. I’ve decided to pick out one phytochemical in raspberries to tell you about –Ellagic acid. A collection of studies suggest that ellagic acid shows anti-cancer properties – it prevents the development of cancer cells, slows growth and contributes to the death of abnormal cells.
Ellagic acid is also contained in blackberries, which I used to deocorate this smoothie bowl. And ate a few more of in the process of decorating!
4.5 of your 5-a-day
Nectarine & Raspberry Smoothie Recipe
- 2 small frozen bananas
- ½ large or 1 small nectarine
- ½ cup raspberries
- ½ cup steamed carrots
- ½ cup unsweetened cashew milk (I used Dream)
- Toppings – ½ cup mixed berries & cherries -2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes – sprinkle of granola
- Blend all of the ingredients together, then transfer to a bowl and add your desired toppings.
Did you know…
According to Wikipedia “The Peach Melba (French: pêche Melba) is a dessert of peaches and raspberry sauce with vanilla ice cream. The dish was invented in 1892 or 1893 by the French chef Auguste Escoffier at the Savoy Hotel, London, to honour the Australian soprano Nellie Melba.”
Hope you really enjoy this recipe! And remember I love to see your recreations #healthyandpsyched.