Nectarine, vanilla and cinnamon smoothie – gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, clean, vegan and paleo friendly.
One of the things I love about Summer is when beautiful stonefruits like nectarines, apricots, plums and peaches are at their ripe, juicy best. My personal favourite are plums – in particular the black ones. Stonefruit however, does take a back seat to mangoes, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries so today’s recipe is all about celebrating the nectarine in my Nectarine, vanilla and cinnamon smoothie.
I’ve used yellow nectarines as I find them to be a lot juicier and riper than the white nectarines. Make sure they are very ripe so you can experience the full nectarine flavour (the fruit will slightly yield when you gently push into it with your thumb). All you do is de-stone them, chop them up and freeze so they’re ready any time a stonefruit smoothie mood hit or use them fresh. Make sure you throw in some ice cubes to help cool you down in the Summer heat.
Nectarines are similar to, and often mistaken for peaches. The main difference being they don’t have fuzzy skin like peaches do. If your nectarines aren’t ripe enough, store them in a brown paper bag at room temperature till ready.
If you like fruit based smoothies, another Summer smoothie to try is my Strawberry coconut smoothie or my Black Forest smoothie. If you prefer something more chocolatey, try my chocolate cashew milk smoothie.
Why this is so good for you
Nectarines reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (weakening of eyesight), help protect against cancer, in particular oral cancer, keep the heart strong and healthy, aid digestion, help prevent constipation, improve blood pressure, promote youthful skin, reduce the risk of neural tube defects in expectant mothers and strengthen the immune system,
Almonds alkalize the body (good for fighting inflammation), nourish the nervous system, provide good brain function, build strong bones and teeth, provide healthy fats which aids in weight loss, reduce risk of heart disease and help protect against diabetes.
Vanilla aids digestion, regulates blood sugar, reduces nervous tension, helps prevent PMS and keeps the heart strong.
Ginger inhibits inflammation, helps relieve pain, relieves nausea, boosts immunity, reduces risk of heart attack, helps prevent and treat fatty liver disease and helps relieve gastrointestinal irritation.
Cinnamon is anti-clotting, helps treat candida, helps reduce blood sugar levels, protects against heart disease, reduces risk of colon cancer, provides cold and flu relief, helps fight against bacterial and fungal infections and helps prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.
Himalayan salt contains all of the 84 elements found in your body. It is anti aging, increases hydration, promotes blood sugar health, prevents muscle cramping, strengthens bones, lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, helps expel toxins from the body, helps reduce acid reflux and helps the intestines absorb nutrients.
Love, Tash x
- 4 large fresh or frozen chopped nectarines
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- A pinch or 2 of ground cinnamon
- Pinch of Himalayan salt
- Optional: Sweetener if needed
- Handful of ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blitz till smooth.
- Taste and adjust sweetness and amount of cinnamon according to personal preference.