Green Smoothies With Cherimoya

Green SmoothiesWhen it comes to green smoothies, cherimoyas are one of my favorite fruits to use, and I can’t tell you how glad I am that they are back in season. In my opinion, this fruit offers the perfect blend of crisp green apples and the wonderful flavors of cinnamon. The addition of mango into this smoothie gives it a tropical note of sweetness.

Cherimoyas can be found at most local health food stores. It can be a pain in the rear to have to remove all of the seeds from this fruit, but the end result will be well worth your efforts!++

For these green smoothies, I chose to use escarole lettuce. It is just as nutritionally sound as Romaine lettuce, but it has a milder flavor that is easily masked by the sweet taste of the fruit. Alternately, you can choose to use kale or dandelion greens, which are more nutritious, but their bitter flavors will be noticeable within this smoothie.

If you aren’t familiar with ataulfo mangoes, which are sometimes referred to as honey mangos, they are a small fruit with a yellow rind. They are sweeter than other types of mangos. If you can’t find ataulfo mangos, then you can substitute half of a larger Tommy Atkins mango.

Ingredients

To make these green smoothies, here are the ingredients that you’ll need to have on hand:

  •  1/2 cup cherimoya (about 1 small fruit), peeled and deseeded
  •  1 medium apple, cored
  •  1 ataulfo (champagne/honey) mango, peeled and pitted
  •  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  •  1/2 head escarole lettuce, chopped
  •  8 ounces Brazil nut milk

You can start making these green smoothies by adding the liquid to your blender first. Next, add in the soft fruit. The greens should be added last. All of the ingredients should be blended together on high for 1-2 minutes, or until they have a smooth, creamy consistency.

Nutritional Information

  •  Calories: 398
  •  Fat: 6g
  •  Protein: 8g
  •  Carbohydrates: 89g
  •  Fiber: 20.9g
  •  Calcium: 18% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
  •  Iron: 3.8 mg
  •  Vitamin A: 273% RDA
  •  Vitamin C: 142% RDA

Additionally, this smoothie is an excellent source of folate, B Vitamins 1-6, and selenium, due to the Brazilian nut milk.

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