Apricot Smoothie Recipes and Nutrition

apricotApricots are a sweet and tart fruit. They are often mistaken for peaches because of their similar look, but they are smaller and the skin of the apricot is smoother than that of the peach.

Apricots often have a hard time growing in North America due to our weather fluctuations, but thrive in their native home of Armenia and China.

Apricots add a delicious accent flavor to summertime green smoothies using peaches, nectarines, strawberries and watermelons. They also blend well coconut and other tropical fruits.

Apricot Nutrition and Health Benefits

Apricots contain vitamins A and C as well as antioxidants and the amino acid, tryptophan. Carotenoids in apricots may help prevent heart disease, reduce cholesterol and protect against certain cancers. Apricots may help protect vision and prevent constipation. Lycopene content in Apricots may protect against prostate cancer.

Apricot Smoothie Recipes

Apricot-Strawberry Smoothie
2-4 apricots
1 apple
½ cup strawberries
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1 whole carrot
1/2 – 1 cup water

Calories: 170 | Fat: 0.8g (grams) | Protein: 4.6g | Carbs: 42.8g | Calcium: 12% | Vitamin A: 280% | Vitamin C: 140%

Apricot-Ginger Smoothie
2-4 apricots
1 apple
1 small stalk celery
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1 tbs ginger (to taste)
1/2 cup water

Calories: 122 | Fat: 0.5g (grams) | Protein: 3.7g | Carbs: 31.1g | Calcium: 11% | Vitamin A: 111% | Vitamin C: 65%

Apricot-Peach Smoothie
2 apricots
1 peach
1 whole carrot (optional)
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1/2 cup water

Calories: 112 | Fat: 0.6g (grams) | Protein: 4.6g | Carbs: 27g | Calcium: 11% | Vitamin A: 285% | Vitamin C: 70%

Apricot-Banana Smoothie
2-4 apricots
1 whole banana
2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1/2 cup water

Calories: 182 | Fat: 0.7g (grams) | Protein: 5g | Carbs: 45.8g | Calcium: 9% | Vitamin A: 121% | Vitamin C: 78%

How To Select Apricots

Select apricots that have a rich orange color. They should be slightly soft. Avoid pale yellow fruits. Apricots taste better when they have been ripened on the tree. Apricots are a summer fruit and can be found in supermarkets from May until August.

The Environmental Working Group does not list apricots on their list of 47 fruits and vegetables studied for pesticide residue. Organic apricots are a better choice to reduce exposure if possible.

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Tracy Russell is the creator of RESET 28: A 28-Day Program For Energy, Weight Loss & A Healthy Glow, and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She has been helping people take control of their health and well being with green smoothies, a whole foods diet, and fitness since 2009.