Tuesday June 21, 2016
Just in time for summer, here’s a smoothie that will instantly make you feel like you’re here in Hawaii with us! You’ll love the fresh, bright taste, the added veggies will ensure the smoothie satisfies, and the Noni Fruit Leather provides natural antioxidants, soluble and insoluble fiber, essential fatty acids, and countless other vitamins and minerals, which work together to promote good health.
Wait, What’s Noni?
Noni is a south seas fruit that might not look familiar to you. You’ll never find the fresh fruit in your grocery store because it has absolutely no shelf life, starting to ferment within 6 to 8 hours after ripening.
This is a shame, because noni is one of nature’s most powerful foods for promoting good health! It’s been used for thousands of years to maintain wellness in the body. Originally used by ancient Polynesians as a raw food with 165+ beneficial compounds to promote wellness and healthy skin.
We know for sure that raw non-fermented noni pulp has more antioxidants than even the most potent berry or pomegranate — learn more — and a compound called scopoletin, which relieve pain, enhances mood, and more. You can learn more about scopoletin and the other beneficial compounds in noni fruit, click here.
So Where Can I Get Noni?
If you don’t live somewhere you can forage for noni fruit, you’ll have to buy a processed noni product. But not all of these are created equal! Most noni products come in the form of either a juice or a dehydrated powder. Through fermentation and pasteurization, both of these methods destroy the vast majority of the beneficial compounds in the raw pulp of the fruit.
You’re looking for raw noni products, like Noni Fruit Leather from Hawaiian Organic Noni. By never raising the temperature of our dehydrators above 115 degrees, we preserve all the enzymes, antioxidants, and other beneficial compounds in the fruit. Learn more about why it’s so important to have raw noni by clicking here.
Noni Colada Green Smoothie
This recipe is a nutritious, delicious way to get your daily dose of noni. It’s especially great for those who haven’t adjusted to the flavor of noni yet. If you’re having trouble acquiring the taste, click here for some tips! One tip is to blend into a smoothie, which is exactly what we’re doing here!
Scale this smoothie recipe up or down to find what works for you
Step 1: Blend Veggies, Noni, and Liquid
When you’re making a green smoothie, it’s crucial to get all those leafy bits blended up really well. Especially if you don’t have a superpowered blender, try putting all your veggies in first:
- Kale (a few leaves, without ribs)
- Spinach (small handful of leaves)
- Celery with leaves (2 sticks, chopped to avoid stringy smoothie)
At this point, you’ll also add your Noni Fruit Leather.
- 2x2 inch square per serving
Then put in enough liquid to submerge your leaves if they were all squashed down (you can eyeball this). You have some choices here:
- Coconut milk, for a creamy, tropical-tasting smoothie
- Coconut water, for a lighter smoothie with a tropical flavor
- Pineapple juice, for extra sweetness
- Nut milk, if you’d like some extra protein
- Water, if you like the pure flavors to shine through
Now just blend until the Noni Fruit Leather and veggies are totally liquified.
Step 2: Add Fresh and Frozen Fruit
Using a blend of fresh and frozen fruit tends to get the best results, in terms of fresh fruit flavor, maximum nutrition, and smoothie texture. It doesn’t really matter which of these are fresh and which are frozen!
- Unsweetened coconut flakes or chunks
Blend it up and check for texture and taste.
Step 3: Adjust
Never skip step three! There’s nothing more disheartening than pouring a glass of smoothie only to find it’s icky and you’ll have to pour it back in. Give your smoothie a try and evaluate the texture.
Too bitter? Add more pineapple or pineapple juice.
Too sweet? Go for more greens.
Too watery? Add ice or more frozen fruit. More avocado may also help thicken things up, or add a banana if it’s both too watery and too thin.
Too thick? Add more liquid, but go easy. Even the thickest smoothie can usually be loosened with just a splash more liquid.
Step 4: Garnish and Serve
Part of the fun of smoothies is how pretty they look when they’re served up in a tall glass with just a few garnishes. For this smoothie, you might want to garnish with fresh fruit, like a pineapple wedge and a strawberry. If you’re looking for more protein, you could also top with nuts or seeds.
Enjoy your smoothie, and try to let the tropical mood take you away!
What are your favorite recipes using Noni Fruit Leather? Let us know!