Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Oranges? Only in the Morning…

Oranges? Only in the morning…Why do we love oranges? They have bright color, nice aroma and the great number of vitamin C. But doctors recommend taking this vitamin only in the first part of the day. So oranges and orange juice are! Really they are good for breakfast or dinner but not for supper.

The thing is that vitamin C has energy-wise stimulating effect. If you eat an orange in the morning, this surprising fruit gives you the necessary energy. And to the contrary, eating orange in the evening, you can get sleeplessness as result. For an energy kick, there's nothing like an orange smoothie. To bump up the nutritional value, use fresh-squeezed orange juice. Also they help you with weight loss.

To make orange and banana smoothie you will need: 3/4 cup orange juice, 1/2 cup sliced banana, 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar, 1/8 teaspoon almond extract, 2 ice cubes, fresh mint sprig, for garnish. Combine orange juice, banana, brown sugar, and almond extract in a blender. Add ice cubes and blend until thick and smooth. Pour into a serving glass and garnish with a mint sprig, if desired.

For milk and orange smoothie you should take 1 (6 ounce) can of frozen orange juice concentrate, 1 cup milk, 1 cup water, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/3 cup white sugar, 10 ice cubes. In a blender, combine orange juice concentrate, milk, water, vanilla, sugar and ice. Blend until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve.