Orange Pineapple Smoothie with Carrot and Aloe Vera
To make this orange pineapple smoothie try to find the sweetest pineapple you can. To tell whether a fresh pineapple is ripe, tug at the topmost spine on its crown. If this pulls away easily the pineapple should be perfectly ripe.
Confirm this by smelling the pineapple and pressing at its base. If you can smell alcohol the pineapple is over-ripe. Similarly, if the base is too soft then the pineapple is over-ripe and the flesh likely to be decomposing under the skin.
You can buy ready cut pineapple for this recipe. If you peel your own pineapple, why not blend the whole pineapple and freeze it in portions so you have some ready for next time you want to make a smoothie. Check here for advice on
freezing fresh fruit.
Preparation Time 10 minutes
3 Valencia oranges or 6 small juicing tangerines Approx ¼ ripe pineapple, about 200g 1 medium carrot 200 - 400g fresh aloe vera Iced water
Peel and chop carrot and place in blender
Juice the oranges and add a few splashes to blender with any loose pulp
Blend carrots and orange juice until smooth
Add chopped pineapple and remainder of orange juice. Blend until smooth
Fillet the aloe vera leaf. Check here for directions on how to fillet fresh aloe vera to
make aloe vera juice
or to include in fruit smoothies
Add aloe vera gel and blend for about 10 seconds, adding ice water or ice cubes to achieve desired consistency.
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