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Smoothie operators

There’s not much to brighten the days in January but a dose of tropical vitamin C will see you through! It’s more important than ever to keep up your vitamin and mineral content in the darker months so try using these health-boosting ingredients in  breakfast smoothies for an easy way to get your five day.

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Pineapples

Pineapples are powerhouses of nutrition. As well as vitamin C, they contain fibre, a host of other vitamins and minerals and an enzyme called bromelain, useful for digestion. Even though it has an iconic shape, not many people know that the fruit is actually a collection of flowers, each with its own eye, which is fused around the central core, and takes a staggering three years to mature.

Try this: not much beats thin slices of golden, juicy, ripe pineapple, scattered with fresh mint leaves. Try it as part of a fruit platter for dessert.

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Kiwi

Crack open this egg-shaped fruit to reveal a jewel-like interior, rich in vitamin C and fibre. While we only tend to eat the vivid, green flesh, the hairy skin can is also edible. Cooking kiwi reduces the vitamin content and diminishes the beautiful colour, so use it raw in smoothies, salads and salsas.

Try this: make a healthy fruit smoothie by blitzing 3 kiwi fruit, 1 mango, peeled and stoned, 500ml pineapple juice and 1 banana. Serve with a fresh mint leaf.

Blueberries

The original ‘superfood’, blueberries are still one of the most nutritious ingredients to add to your diet. High in antioxidants, research has shown that they might also help manage blood pressure, reduce heart disease risks, regulate blood sugar and support immune health – and that’s just a few of their medicinal properties.  The point is, if you throw a handful of these mild-tasting berries into everything you can, every day of the week, you can’t go wrong!

Try this: create an instant frozen berry yogurt by blending a bag of frozen blueberries with a tub of Greek yogurt and a splash of agave syrup until creamy. Place into a tub and refreeze until needed.

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Kale

Ok, it’s not a tropical fruit, but it is homegrown, and it is a superfood. Kale is another of those ingredients that reached celebrity status thanks to its health-boosting properties. Kale contains fibre, antioxidants, calcium, vitamins C and K, iron, and a wide range of other nutrients that can help prevent various health problems. It can be eaten steamed, stir fried, boiled and even raw –  however you cook it, be sure to massage the leaves first as this breaks down the woody fibres to make it more palatable.

Try this: make the ultimate green smoothie by blitzing 2 handfuls of kale with half an avocado, half a lime, a handful of pineapple chunks, a small piece of ginger and a banana.