With the abundance of mouth-watering tropical fruits Thailand has to offer, a fresh fruit shake makes a great breakfast or satisfying snack at any time of the day – health in a glass.
There are few countries across the world that boast the exquisite tastes on offer when you explore Thailand’s fruit selections. From sweet and succulent pineapple, to mouth-watering mango, there are plenty of tempting choices once you touch down in the Land of Smiles.
Not only is Thailand’s fruit delicious; it also offers a wide range of health benefits. What's more, if you are trying to stay bikini (or beach trunk) slim on holiday, a fresh fruit shake whipped up in your villa’s own kitchen is a great way to start the day. Fruit smoothies also make for a delicious and satisfying mid-day snack and with staff on hand to prepare a election of mouthwatering sensations, there's really no excuse to miss out on the wonders of Thai fruit.
Delicious Dragon Fruit
Although originally form Vietnam; one of the best places to pick up some fresh dragon fruit is at a local Thai grocery market. If you don’t want the fuss of peeling this incredible fruit yourself, it's generally quite easy to find a vendor who will chop the fruit into handy chunks for you. Dragon fruit is refreshing, but a simple when it comes to flavour, so it is best accentuated with other tropical fruits like banana if you plan to make a smoothie with it. Blend banana, honey, ice, yoghurt and pomegranate to create your delicious pink drink.
If you have a sweet tooth, then a mango shake is the perfect (and still healthy) way to start the day – particularly when you have fresh mangos available almost all the year round in Thailand. Mango is also a great base for an indulgent smoothie, and blended with pineapple, banana and a dash of coconut milk, it's a real treat. Mango shakes and smoothies are also particularly filling, and offer a great way to stave off hunger if yo are hoping to return home looking bronzed and slim.
It may rival mango as one of Thailand’s sweetest fruits, but pineapple is also one of the most refreshing and healthy. While many people discard the tougher centre of the pineapple when they blend pineapple; throwing this into your smoothie actually gives it a sumptuous,cream y consistency. If you want something a bit more filling than pure pineapple, add a dash of cold milk and a spoonful of honey to turn your fresh fruit smoothie into a delectable milkshake – perfect for an afternoon snack by your villa’s private pool.
If you have never feasted on fresh papaya, Thailand is definitely the perfect place to start. Sample a little Thai culture, and maybe even practice your language skills by picking up a bag of freshly chopped papaya from your local market or street vendor. Blend it with cold milk, honey, or even black pepper powder for an extra kick. This shake is packed full of anti-oxidants, which help fight harmful free radical cells in your body. It is also rich in vitamins A, C and E, so is a wonderful way to reach your daily requirement.
Because they are comprised mainly of water; watermelon shakes are a great choice if you are feeling a little dehydrated after a long afternoon in the sun. Although you should never replace water with fruit drinks; a blended watermelon over crushed ice is one of the tastiest and most cooling drinks you can indulge in as an extra thirst quencher on a hot day. If the promise of a fresh fruity treat isn’t enough to tempt you, then perhaps the knowledge that one cup of diced watermelon contains 17 percent of your daily vitamin A intake and 21 percent of your vitamin C intake will confirm the benefits.