Fruit and vegetable juices and smoothies have become a very popular option for those who want to take care of their bodies, and more and more people are choosing these drinks as a substitute for their morning coffee or mid-morning snack.
The combination of fresh fruit and vegetables in these drinks helps us to achieve a balanced diet and provides vitamins and minerals in a fast and convenient way. It is the perfect way to benefit from the nutrients that we may not otherwise always include in our diets.
How about adding some extra virgin olive oil?
We would benefit from an extra dose of antioxidants, thanks to the polyphenols and vitamin E that olive oil provides. In addition, extra virgin olive oil adds flavour and aroma to fruit and vegetable drinks.
Olive D-tox is an initiative belonging to the promotional campaign launched by Aceites de Oliva de España (olive oils of Spain), and with the support of the European Union (EU) and the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA). The chef Juan Pozuelo has created four varieties of Olive D-tox:Extra virgin olive oil, pineapple and ginger smoothie
Sliced pineapple, ½ a glass of soy milk, a teaspoonful of grated ginger and 2 tablespoonfuls of extra virgin olive oil (of the Picual variety for a smoother blend and a touch of green fruitiness).
Blend all the ingredients in a food processor.
Green juice with Extra virgin olive oil (Hojiblanca variety)
5cm of celery, 1 cucumber, the juice of 1 lemon, 1 tablespoonful of grated ginger, a handful of fresh parsley, 2 apples and 2 tablespoonfuls of extra virgin olive oil (Hojiblanca variety in order to enjoy its notes of fresh herbs and almonds).
wash and chop all the greens and then blend them with the lemon juice and ginger in a food processor with a little water. Add the olive oil and continue to blend the mixture until a smooth blend is obtained.
Celery and carrot juice with extra virgin olive oil (Cornicabra variety)
carrots, celery and 2 tablespoonfuls of extra virgin olive oil (Cornicabra variety because of its interesting notes of apple and green fruit).
wash and peel the carrots and celery. Blend them in a food processor and extract the juice. Add the olive oil and blend again until it is well integrated.
Red fruit and extra virgin olive oil (Arbequina variety) smoothie
1 glass of fresh red fruit (raspberries, redcurrants and strawberries), the juice of 1 lemon, 1 glass of coconut water, 2 tablespoonfuls of extra virgin olive oil (Arbequina variety, for its unmistakeable hint of apple and banana).
Blend all the ingredients in a food processor with 2 cubes of ice.