Strawberry, Lychee & Mint Smoothie
makes 2 cups
(can be adapted for kids 6+ months)*
10 frozen strawberries**
8 lychees, from a can of lychees packed in syrup
10 mint leaves
1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup lychee syrup, from the can
ice cubes (optional)
Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend on high until smooth. If the drink is too thin or doesn’t get as frosty as you like, add a couple of ice cubes and blend again until smooth. Serve cold.
*Note: If serving to beginner eaters, consider reducing the sugar content by cutting out the sugar and/or reducing the syrup. If you need to thin the smoothie, water will work well without adding sugar. Do not use honey as a substitute for children under 12-months-old due to risk of botulism. If you have concerns about feeding strawberries to children under one, read more about introducing high-allergen foods here.
**Note: You can substitute fresh berries but, if they are not at peak ripeness/sweetness, the smoothie may be tart; you can add more sugar and/or syrup to taste. You’ll also need to use as many as 8-10 ice cubes to make it frosty and thick.
Boosting Life Choices: Lychee
Lychee fruit is found in tropical and subtropical regions like China, South Asia, Taiwan, and Bangladesh. Recently being cultivated in Hawaii, California and Florida. This fruit has a floral scent and sweet flavor. It packs a powerful punch with its high content of Vitamin C. Lychee contains 72 grams of Vitamin C per 100 grams of fruit. A cup of this fruit also provides; potassium, phosphorus and copper. It is low on saturated fat and sodium as well as being cholesterol free.
A recent study in China found that the antioxidants found in lychee may prevent breast cancer and reduce the formation of cancer cells. In China lychee skin is used in tea to help with diarrhea, and the seeds are used to help nerve pain and inflammation.
The high content of iron in lychee is beneficial for preventing anemia because its beneficial fo hemoglobin levels in the blood,
Protects from heart disease by helping reduce the LDL (bad cholesterol)
Lychees are good for cardiovascular health by helping to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL) levels in the body. This reduces the risk of heart disease by increasing blood flow to the heart.
Boosts immunity, as it is packed with Vitamin C helping to fight colds, flu and other infections.
Boosts metabolism, due to having a big amount of Vitamin B, thiamin, niacin and folate.
Studies have shown that foods high in antioxidants will lower blood pressure. The potassium found in lychee will also help maintain sodium levels and balance electrolytes in our bodies.
As with anything, you should consult with your doctor when including something new in your diet to make sure that it doesn’t contraindicate with any medical conditions you may have.