Nectarine Smoothie
Loaded with Antioxidants and Vitamins

Don’t be afraid to throw the odd nectarine into your blender.  They make excellent smoothies.

And contrary to popular belief, nectarines are not a cross between a peach and a plum.  They are in fact the smoother, smaller cousin of the peach originating in China. 

Like peaches, nectarines are available in both freestone and clingstone.  Their yellow flesh has a distinct pink tinge with a distinct flavour.  The growing season lasts from July to October.

Nectarines go well with berries such as blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, ginger, oranges, mangos, peaches, and vanilla.   Our nectarine smoothie recipes will show you just how to combine these ingredients into the most wonderful concoctions.

Buying

When buying look for fruit that is fragrant with some bright red areas that are smooth.  Avoid fruit that is bruised or blemished.  Nectarines should be heavy for their size (which means they are full of juice) and firm when pressed.   Avoid fruit that is extremely hard, this means they are unripe, or is too soft, with wrinkled skin.

Storing

Nectarines usually need further ripening when purchased.  Store at room temperature, either in a fruit bowl or a paper bag.   They will be ready to eat after 2 – 3 days.  Any fruit not eaten should be transferred to the refrigerator to stop the ripening process.  They will keep for 5 days stored in a plastic bag in the crisper section of your refrigerator. 

Nutrition

Although nectarines look like the smaller cousin of the peach, they are actually the superstars nutrition-wise, containing way more minerals and vitamins.   They are abundant in iron, phosphorus and potassium and contain double the amounts of Vitamin A and C.

They are also rich in carotenoids, antioxidants that help to protect the body against cancer and other diseases.

Berry Nectarlicious

nectarine and mixed berry smoothie

Ingredients

2 nectarines, halved
1 c frozen mixed berries
½ c orange juice
Handful of spinach leaves

How to Make

Halve the nectarines and remove the stone.  Add to your blender along with the frozen mixed berries and freshly squeezed orange juice.  Add a handful of baby spinach leaves.  Secure the lid and start your blender on low, then increase to high and blend until smooth.

This will make one large glass.


Orange Nectarine Smoothie

nectarine orange smoothie with cantaloupe and ricotta

Ingredients

2 nectarines, halved
1 cantaloupe wedge, cubed
¾ c orange juice, freshly squeezed
1/3 c ricotta cheese

How to Make

Cut the nectarines in half and remove the stones.  In a blender combine the nectarine halves, cantaloupe, orange juice and ricotta.  Secure lid and blend until smooth.

Pour into two glasses.


Nectarine Mango Smoothie

nectarine mango smoothie

Ingredients

2 nectarines, halved
1 c frozen mango pieces
1 c almond/coconut milk
½ c vanilla yogurt

How to Make

Combine nectarine halves, mango pieces, almond/coconut milk and vanilla yogurt into a blender.  Blend on high until all the ingredients are smooth.

Makes 2 glasses

Note:  Almond/coconut milk is one of the new blends easily obtainable from your local grocer.



Nectarine Peach Blueberry

Ingredients

1 peach
1 nectarine
½ c frozen blueberries
½ c almond milk
½ c vanilla yogurt
½ teaspoon cinnamon

How to Make

Prepare the peach and nectarine by cutting in half and removing the stone.  Chop into quarters and add to your blender, along with the blueberries, almond milk, yogurt and cinnamon.  Blitz on high until all the ingredients are smooth.

Pour into two glasses.




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