The combination of apple and orange in this smoothie makes it a refreshing and healthy preparation for weight loss and complete detox which is loaded with soluble and insoluble fiber. Dietary fiber not only enhances satiety and prevents overeating, but also helps to flush out toxins and harmful chemicals from the body.
Apples are one of the healthiest of fruits packed with soluble fiber and a minimal amount of calories. A medium sized apple contains 4 grams of fiber which makes it a filling and healthy fruit. Antioxidants and pectin found in apples also help to reduce weight and lower blood cholesterol levels.
The antioxidant compounds in apples prevent the oxidation of harmful LDL cholesterol which in turn reduces inflammation and reduces the risk of strokes and other cardiovascular diseases. A specific type of antioxidant called quercetin found in apples increase oxygen availability to the lungs and boosts workout endurance.
This smoothie makes use of fresh orange juice as a thinner instead of milk. Both oranges and orange juice are potent sources of vitamin C that prevent the common cold, reduces hypertension, maintains healthy skin and boosts the immune system. Oranges are full of soluble fiber that helps to lower cholesterol. The dietary fiber also helps to relieve constipation and other digestive disorders by stimulating the production of digestive juices.
Beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant found in oranges protects the skin cells from free radical damage and prevents the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Despite the acidic taste, oranges help to alkalize the body once they are digested. The alkaline minerals present in oranges help to balance the pH of the body.
Bananas add some thickness and a nice rich texture to the smoothie. It also supplies a wholesome amount of dietary fiber and potassium to the body that helps to keep you satiated and prevents overeating, which in turn reduces overall calorie intake and supports weight loss.
Honey adds a mellow sweetness to the smoothie and its high antioxidant and flavonoid content neutralizes free radical damage and helps to lower the risk of cancer and heart diseases.
Here is the recipe…
- Orange Juice – 1/2 Cup
- Apple – 1
- Banana -1
- Orange – 1
- Honey -1 tablespoon
- Cut an apple and banana into pieces and peel off the orange.
- Toss apple pieces, orange slices, and banana into the blender.
- Then add orange juice and honey into the blender.
- Now blend all these ingredients on high speed until smooth.
- Pour it into a glass and drink it immediately to grab all the nutrients in this smoothie.
- Regular intake of this apple – orange smoothie will help you to shed down your excess weight.
The Apple Orange Smoothie is a completely gluten-free and dairy-free preparation that does not contain any milk or yogurt which makes it suitable for people with gluten intolerance and lactose intolerance. It can also be modified to suit diabetics by omitting the honey or replacing it with Stevia. This is a simple and minimalistic smoothie recipe made using only a few ingredients which are suitable for kids and toddlers. It can be served for breakfast or enjoyed as a lunch substitute.