Since December last year, I have been churning out fruit smoothies for everyone in the family everyday. Fruit smoothies are such a convenience for busy and always on-the-go people like my hubs and 2 older girls. Sherilyn tends to be lazy to eat her fruits. By the time she gets home from the enrichment center everyday, it is already close to 7pm and already dinner time. This gives her little or no time to eat her fruits. Sometimes I place cut fruits in a lunch box for her to eat in the car - from the enrichment center back home. But on most days, she is just lazy to eat her fruits, especially fruits that require chewing!
It is so much more easier to get the drama queen to gulp down a variety of fruits from a bottle in a jiffy. Yesterday I made kiwi + orange smoothie with fresh pomegranate and apple juice.
I normally use fresh coconut juice, Manuka honey or boxed apple juice to make the smoothie more palatable for everyone, especially the kids. I find that most boxed juices in the supermarket are adulterated with food conditioner, preservative, flavoring, color and sugar. The other day, I found a new brand of pure fruit juices that are sans added water, food additives, preservative and sugar.
Athina is imported from Greece and costs between RM12.90 to RM18.90 a box. Yup, pure fruit juices are that freaking expensive! Some of you may want to ask me to make my own fruit juices but it is too time consuming and I do not have the time :(
* fruit smoothie and fruit juice are different. The former is the whole fruit blended. Nothing is thrown away except for the seeds and core. In other words, you drink the whole fruit and has more nutritional value since you are also eating the fiber. Fruit juice is just the juice pressed from the fruit. The fiber and everything else are separated and disposed of.
The below box of Athina pomegranate + apple juice that I bought cost RM18.90 a box. It contains only pomegranate and apple juice and nothing else.
While the orange and kiwi smoothie is for the kids, I made dragon fruit smoothie for the adults. I pulsed half a red dragon fruit with the orange kiwi smoothie and apple pomegranate juice to churn out 3 glasses of smooth and refreshing dragon fruit smoothie and even have enough to make 3 frozen ice pops for the girls :)