By Karimah Bint Dawoud, Food Writer.
This peach, apricot and gogi berry smoothie is a follow on from our healthy Moroccan peach/carrot smoothie .
10 ml gogi berries
1 big peach
Soak apricots and gogi berries in 500ml of water overnight or a few days in fridge in a sealed container, then chop peach into jug blender, add soaked apricots and gogi berries and their water and blitz, enough for 3 x 235 glasses
Apricots are high in vitamin a, good for skin, eyes, bones and they also contain a significant amount of tryptophan, which is good for your appetite, helps you sleep better and elevates your mood. they also contain high beta carotene and high fibre good food for your heart.
Apricots stones are mentioned in Islamic medicine to purify salt water.
Gogi berries are a new one for most people. These cute little dried fruits can be bought in some supermarkets like Waitrose or health shops. They have been used in Asian and Indian for hundreds if not thousands of years, they are a super food; they give you energy, improve your sex drive, increase optimism, and improve your sleep. They are good for patients having chemo therapy as they help prevent liver damage. A Japanese study has shown that tumour growth was inhibited by 58% in a controlled group, definitely worth more research. gogi berries have shown to the best anti –oxidant so far discovered in the world, i definitely need to eat more of them
Peaches are also high in fibre, vitamins A and C, they also contain potassium which is good for lowering high blood pressure, they are relatively low in calories and filling so good for weight loss, and one peach has only 70 calories. They are also fantastic anti-oxidant, and contain chlorogenic acid which combats the free radical found in pollutants, fried foods and the environment,
And last but not least water.Did you know that water is mentioned in the Quran over 100 times, it is the most frequently mentioned source of nutrition, what are we without water?
Allah Almighty says:
“Then tell me about the water that you drink. Is it you who cause it from the rain-clouds to come down,
Or are We the Causer of it to come down?
If We willed, We verily could make it salty (and undrinkable):
[56:68-70]Allahumma lakal hamd…