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La Gran Fruta – Great fruit franchise in Lima, Peru

15 Jul

I love finding hidden gems… and in Lima, Peru I think there is one.

If you love fruits salads, natural juices and smoothies look no further than La Gran Fruta. They are a fruit based establishment that offer great alternatives for vegetarians. It’s not a vegetarian place, but we had some wonderful breakfasts thanks to them.

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La Gran Fruta offers various sizes of fruit salads, all accompanied by yogurt, granola and honey.

La Gran Fruta - Fruit Salad

Some of us were more adventurous than others. I ordered the largest salad only because I wanted to try a few new fruits I was not familiar with (and hey, I shared with my mom and a few others who also wanted to try):

  • Granadilla – very similar to a passion fruit in texture, but the taste is sweet and not tart like a passion fruit.
  • Chirimoya – very similar to a soursop but much creamier and sweeter. My friends went bonkers for cherimoyas and were seeking them out everywhere we went.
  • Lúcuma – this fruit is very similar in taste and texture to a mamey or sapote. It’s dense in texture and a tad bit grainy. Makes a wonderful juice but I think it would make an even better milkshake or smoothie.

Lucuma Juice

New fruits to me

In this plate you also see soursop… this one I was familiar with, but this one was super tart… in my opinion, it needed a few extra days to fully ripen.

At La Gran Fruta, they not only make awesome fruit salads and juices… they also have these awesome cookies made with only a few ingredients – oatmeal, sugar and fruit pulp. My favorites were the ones made with passion fruit. Imagine a tart and sweet cookie?? I am telling you it’s something to taste to believe… They also have them with apples, figs, mango, strawberry and a combination of several fruits. These cookies are gluten-free and egg-free… perfectly vegetarian!!!!

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Because we went in wintertime, we did not get to try something everyone was recommending – Raspadillas. I am sure this is something very similar to our piraguas, shaved ice doused in pureed fruit pulp. Yum… something definitely to look forward to in the Summer, no?

La Gran Fruta has several locations throughout Lima… check them out if you’re ever in Perú.

Mango Strawberry Pineapple Smoothie

6 Mar

This is kinda like a Mango Lassi, but with more fruits which makes it perfect for a breakfast drink. I am trying my best to keep my new year’s resolution of eating more fruits each day.

Mango Strawberry Smoothie 2

MANGO STRAWBERRY PINEAPPLE SMOOTHIE

½ banana
4 strawberries
2 fresh pineapple rings
1/2 cup mango nectar
1/2 cup water
½ cup plain yogurt
1 tbs agave nectar
1 tbs ground flaxseeds
4 ice cubes
  1. Blend well in a blender… That’s all to it.

What are your favorite fruit combinations???

Strawberry, Pineapple and Orange Smoothie

25 Feb

Keeping with my new year’s resolutions, I am a smoothie inventing machine. I just start mixing and matching fruits and flavors. Sometimes I like what I make, but sometimes I like it a LOT!!!! Here is another favorite combination…

Smoothie Collage

STRAWBERRY, PINEAPPLE AND ORANGE SMOOTHIE

2 fresh pineapple slices
4 strawberries
½ banana
1 cup orange juice
½ cup plain yogurt
1 tbs agave nectar
3 ice cubes

 

  1. Blend everything in a blender or your Magic Bullet…

 

You can certainly add any supplement like ground flaxseeds, raw oatmeal or bee pollen.

 

Updated Tropical Cream Supreme Breakfast Smoothie

23 Jan

As a New Year’s resolution I vowed to eat healthier… and making sure I eat my servings of fruit a day is certainly part of it.

I love the Tropical Cream Supreme combination from the Orange Juluis. To be honest, I don’t even know if this fast food joint still exists out there. Possibly I should Google it. But I know these flavors are part of my growing up. But sometimes, we need to change things up…

So here is my updated version of the Tropical Creme Supreme and it’s become my new favorite breakfast smoothie.

Updated Tropical Cream Supreme

UPDATED TROPICAL CREAM SUPREME BREAKFAST SMOOTHIE

1 banana
4 strawberries
¼ cup frozen mango
½ cup plain yogurt
1 cup passion fruit juice
A squirt of agave nectar or honey
1 tbs of ground flaxseed
  1. Blend all the ingredients in your blender or Magic Bullet.
  2. Serve cold.

Piña Colada Smoothie

28 Nov

Piña Coladas are the quintessential Caribbean drink… Wanna make them even more nutritious??? Let’s take the flavors and make it into a smoothie, perfectly suitable for a breakfast drink.

PIÑA COLADA SMOOTHIE

1 banana
½ cup pineapple, cut into cubes
½ cup vanilla yogurt
2 tbs cream of coconut – I use Coco López
1 tsp ground flaxseeds
2 -3 ice cubes
About ½ cup Water or pineapple juice – enough to make the mixture blend well in the blender.

 

This is a recipe for one smoothie… I blend it all in my Magic Bullet.

  1. Mix all the ingredients well in a blender.
  2. Serve immediately.
  3. Garnish with a piece of fresh pineapple, but this is completely optional.

 

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