Hi Chuggers ! I am spotting plenty of Lychees at fruit stalls and supermarkets. This has to be the Lychee season right ?
The ones I bought are HUGE and seeds are really small…
I love lychees… They are so juicy, refreshing and convenient! Just peel and pop into your mouth… Extremely addictive too! Lychees are great sources of Vitamin C, potassium and contain high amount of soluble fiber. I can’t tell you how excited I was to use Lychees in my green smoothies 😀 Generally, Lychees go well with most citrusy fruits and fresh herbs… So, a basic blend of Lychees with lemon juice and lettuce will give you an amazing, refreshing drink. But I love to introduce blends that give a more interesting flavour and you can leave out those ingredients that you are not fond of. As my topic stated, Ginger is one major ingredient that I have added in this green smoothie. You can choose to slice it into pieces and add them straight into the blender, or, you can grate it first. I find that grating the Ginger releases more of the flavour and I like that strong kick in my drinks.
And here are the ingredients :
2 cups x Spinach leaves
3 stalks x Celery
1 Baby Pineapple (chopped)
Approx 10 Lychees (peeled & pitted)
Approx 2 inch Ginger (grated)
Serves about 5 cups
For this recipe, you don’t really need to add anymore water. You can blend the chopped Pineapples and Lychees first and because they are so juicy, the liquid base is formed. Then, you can start adding in the greens to blend.
The Pineapple and Lychees taste really good together. But if you want the taste of Lychees to be more prominent, just halve the portion of the Pineapple.
You will defnitely get a spicy, peppery kick from the Ginger, which leaves an amazing zesty after taste. Of course, if you are someone who dislike ginger, just leave it out or use only 2 slices. When you are more accustomed to the gingery taste, gradually add more in future…
This green smoothie has a crazy burst of flavours all in one (sounds exciting?) and it will be great for nursing a cold or sinus. When I get an allergy reaction, I always crave for something with Ginger (E.g. Ginger Tea, Ginger candies). It clears up the nose congestion, warms my tummy and always makes me feel much better.
I would encourage you to switch around your fruits and veggies for your green smoothies, occasionally adding some herbs, spices or seeds. The combinations are endless and I personally enjoy experimenting with different ingredients in my blends.
Be adventurous and bring your taste buds to greater heights! (Word. lol)
On a side note, can I see a raise of hands who have sinus problems or allergies here? What do you do to feel better? Do share with us in the comment box below… I would love to hear some suggestions 🙂
Chug it !
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is there a replacement for the celery?
How about Romaine or Cos Lettuce? They are not as strong tasting 🙂
Romaine sounds great!! Thanks 😀
For sinus and allergy issues, I have used a Neti pot in the past. According to Web MD, “The basic explanation of how the Neti pot works is that it thins mucus and helps flush it out of the nasal passages.” It may sound gross, but it has worked for me! I have also brewed a homemade ginger tea, simply by pouring boiling water over several ginger slices and letting it steep for 5 minutes or so. Add a squeeze of lemon for Vitamin C and a teaspoon of honey to soothe a sore throat.
That’s a very good piece of information! I live in a hot, humid country and so many of my colleagues have sinus problems… Thank you for sharing! 🙂