There are very few fruit or vegetables that can’t be used in juices and smoothies, and although the idea of eating portions of parsnips and pineapple together might not fill you with enthusiasm this combination works surprisingly well as a juice.
However, there are a few firm favourites that appear time and time again, and following is a round-up of some of the best fruit and vegetables.
Buy organic fruit and vegetables whenever possible to avoid residual pesticides and wash or scrub them thoroughly betore use to remove dirt and germs.
Both beneficial and delicious, strawberries are a good source of vitamin C, calcium and potassium.
To make the most of this universal favourite freeze the fruits when in season and add them to smoothies all year round.
These are one of the best sources of vitamin C, and also one of the most popular mixers in juices and smoothies.
Some recipes suggestthat you remove the skin but leave some of the pith attached to the segments to increase the vitamin content of your drinks.
Not only are apples full of antioxidants, but they have a naturally sweet flavour that complements sour and savoury ingredients really well.
Use apples unpeeled or juice them whole, including the pips, to gain the maximum nutritional benefit – the antioxidant quercetin, for example, is found only in the skin.
The fresher the apple the more vitamin C it will contain.
Bananas are especially useful in smoothies because they help to create a thick, smooth, tasty drink.
Bananas can be peeled, sliced and trozen overnight to make a cool drink the next day. They are full of carbohydrates and an ideal energy booster or quick snack.
Rich in vitamin C and full of antioxidants, blackberries are good for building a healthy immune system. The fresh fruit freezes well and can be added to smoothies all year round.
Mangoes will definitely add a dash of exotic flavour to drinks beside containing a high level of vitamin C, fibre and potassium. It therefore is a great fruit to keep on your shopping list!
If you suffer from urinary infections cranberry juice could be the answer to your woes.
Cranberries are rich in vitamin C and potassium, and the are delicious in juices, adding a bittersweet flavour and vibrant.
Yielding large amounts of juice, watermelons are a great antioxidant, detoxing and diuretic fruits. They are also a firm favourite with children because of their mild, sweet flavour.
Pears are delicious in juices. Not only do they combine well with other fruits and vegetables,but they are also ideal for children because they rarely cause an allergic reaction.
They are full of vitamin C, potassium and beta-carotene and a quick source of energy.
This fruit can be a boon if you suffer trom stomach upsets because of its antioxidant qualities. Besides this, it is also a good source of vitamin C.