6 easy and yummy passion fruit drink recipes


Passion fruit is a healthy, refreshing, and delicious summer fruit; you can enjoy it at any time in the year. Passion fruit has a high amount of vitamin C and good for your body. This fruit contains many natural phytochemical, beta-carotene, and many other health-giving properties. Passion fruit also has antiseptic phytochemicals which have an anti-anxiety effect.  Today I will share with you 5 simple passion fruit drink recipes. Let’s see what we can do with this amazing fruit. We can mix passion fruit with many fruits or ingredients like:

  • Lemon/ Lime
  • Mango

  • Pineapple
  • Tea
  • Ginger
  • Oranges
  • Cream or coconut cream
  • Guava juice
  • Mint leaves
    1. Passion fruit juice

Cut 4 passion fruit each in half and scoop out the flesh into a blender or the jar. You can blend the passion fruits for 1 or 2 minutes or use a sieve to catch the pips.
Add water into passion fruit juice with a 1 juice: 3 water.
Add sugar and ice as you like.
After 5 minutes you can enjoy fresh and delight passion fruit juice. Easy? Sure, easy!
2. Passion Fruit Iced Tea

4-6 people
  • 4 tsp black tea /3 black tea bags or Early Grey tea bags
  • 2 cups boiling water (about 195°F)
  • 2 cups ice
  • 100 ml water
  • 4 passion fruits
  • 1/4 cup sugar or 3 oz. simple syrup to taste
Brew tea with 2 cups of boiling water for 5 minutes. Strain the tea leaves out or remove the tea bags. Cool, the tea down.
Cut the passion fruits in a half and scoop the pulp out of the passion fruits. Push through a sieve to remove the pips.
Mix 100 ml of the water into the passion fruit pulp then you can have a ⅔ cup of passion fruit juice.
Mixing the passion fruit juice with the black tea. Add sugar, simple syrup, or honey to sweeten the tea.
Fill a glass with ice and pour the tea into the glass until it is half full. Add some mint to garnish.
3. Passion fruit cup
  • 6 passion fruits
  • 5 ml of 1 tsp brown caster sugar
  • 300 ml or 10 fl oz sparkling grape juice
Scoop the pulp out of the passion fruits and push through a sieve to remove the pips.
Stir in the caster sugar and mix until dissolved
Add the grape juice.
Leave in the fridge to chill before serving.
4. Yummy Passion Fruit smoothie with Cream


2 passion fruits + 100 ml water or 2 oz. passion fruit juice
1 oz. Cream or Coconut cream
1 tsp lime juice
1 cup of crushed ice
Cut the passion fruits and use a sieve to remove the pips.
Put passion fruit juice, 100 ml water, lime juice and 1 cup crushed ice in the blender. Blend them for 1 minutes.
Pour the smoothies into a high glass
Wipe the cream and put it on the smoothies surface.
You can garnish the smoothies with fresh passion fruit and mint or some other fruits.


5. Vietnamese passion fruit smoothie with  condemning milk

In Vietnam, we make drinks with passion fruits, sugar or condemn milk. Here is the way we make passion fruit smoothie in Vietnam.
  • 4 passion fruits
  • 100 ml of water
  • 100 ml of milk
  • 2-3 tsp condemn milk
Cut the passion fruits and use a sieve to remove the pips.
Add water, milk and condemn milk into the blender.  Blend it for 2 minutes. Serve the smoothie with fresh mint to garnish
6. Passion fruit smoothie with pineapple


2 people
2-3 passion fruits
200 ml water or 1 cup of ice
200 gr of pineapple (¼ fresh pineapple)
Cut the passion fruits and use a sieve to remove the pips.
Put all the ingredients into the blender. Blend for 2 minutes.
In the original recipe, they have 2 tsp of lemon juice but I removed it. With me, this smoothie is a little bit sour already. If you want to make it sweeter you can add 1-2 tsp of honey or syrup.
Add fresh mint and little pineapple to make your smoothie looks nicer.

These recipes are very simple and fast to make. You can make different types of drinks with passion fruit. I hope you have the tasty and nice drink with passion fruit. Let’s me know what do you think and share with me your favorite passion fruit recipes.

5 Questions You should Ask before using Stinging Nettle

Urtica dioica L., of the Urticaceae family, is commonly known as a stinging nettle or burn nettle. Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica L.) has a long history of usage since the ancient’s time. Currently, this leaf has received attention as a source of fiber and alternative medicine. In many cultures, nettle is also eaten as a leafy vegetable. People use nettle for a wide variety of ailments, both in traditional and modern medicine. The nettle plant is used for bladder and kidney disorders, various allergies, anemia, internal bleeding, osteoarthritis, and musculoskeletal aches.  In this post, I will share with you 5 things you need to know about ingredients, traditional usages, the dose and how to use nettle at home. As the information about nettle is enormous I will discuss more in coming post. The post will discuss the health benefits with clinical evidence support and side effects of nettle. Now let’s look at some questions you might have about nettle.

1. What are key ingredients in Nettle?

The nettle’s key components are vitamin A, calcium, carotene, beta-sitosterol, quercetin, rutin, and kaempferol. Both raw and cooked nettle have the rich sources of mineral, vitamins, minerals and protein. Using 100 gram of cooked or blanched nettle supplies you 100% of Vitamin A (including vitamin A as β-carotene), 40% of Calcium, 10% of Iron, and 20% of dietary fiber.
Besides, this leaf is rich in fatty acid, carotenoid, and Omega-3. Researchers find fatty acid and carotenoid content in leaf, stem, root, and seed of nettle. The amount of amino acid in nettle is higher than most other leafy vegetables. The Amino acid in nettle is higher than almond (dry), common bean and chicken. Nettle leaves are rich in α-linolenic acid, the predominant fatty acid, and seeds are richer in linoleic acid. The Omega-3 fatty in nettle is the same with treated frozen spinach. The total carbohydrate in fresh and cooked nettle (4.2%–16.5%) is lower than spinach (66.6%–78.9%).
Nettle leaf contains nine carotenoids. This leaf has high levels of lutein, lutein isomers, β-carotene and β-carotene isomers. Nettle leaf at maturity stages also contains Neoxanthin, violaxanthin, and lycopene.

Modern science has found many of the key elements in the stinging nettle that make it useful as a medicine. Nettle plant has approximately fifty active chemical compounds. These are including simple phenols, triterpene acids, lignans, hydroxyl fatty acids. Most of the medicinal uses of nettle come from chemicals located in the stinging hairs of the plant and the root.
2. What are the benefits of nettle?

  • Mineral and nutrient-rich food:  You can use nettle as a fresh vegetable in soups, pizza or cakes. Nettle is easy growing and it can be mineral-rich diets for poor and undernourished populations.
  • Healthy Drink: Making fresh or dry nettle tea for tonic water and healthy drinks. Nettle tea can work as spring tonic water as the leaf contains the high amount of antioxidant. Nettle tea is used for disorders of the kidneys, urinary tract, and gastrointestinal tract. The nettle tea also can support your skin, cardiovascular system, hemorrhage, flu, rheumatism, and gout.
  • Medical application: Currently researchers have focused on using nettle as the alternative medicine and fiber. In 1980’s, clinical trials have confirmed the effectiveness of nettle root and saw palmetto fruit extracts to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Dried nettle leaf preparations are also known to reduce the symptoms of allergic rhinitis or asthma.
  • Technology for granulating lipophilic leaf extracts for medicine has been developed. As many valuable nettle’s chemicals are located in the stinging hairs of the plant. Nettle leaf extract contains active compounds that reduce TNF-α and other inflammatory cytokines.
  • Textile fiber: scientists in Italy have confirmed the potential of using nettle as a sustainable source of textile fiber.

3. How to harvest and store the nettle for winter time?

The best time for you to pick up nettle shoots is before flowering. You can use young nettle shoots as a potherb or spinach alternative. The nettle leaves on stems are tender enough to eat when the nettle grow up to 25 cm from the growing point. But the stems will become woody about 4 cm away from the growing point (29 cm). You will need to separate the tender tip (approx. 4 cm and leaves) from the woody stem before cooking.
First, you can boil the leave in water to remove the stinging chemicals for 7-10 minutes. Nettle has an intense grass-like taste and you can add it to soups and pies as in Finland. You can also combine it with others greens (spinach, sorrel, onions, and spices). In Greece, people will fry nettles, eggs with butter or fried it with olive oil and garlic.  
Freeze the nettle you need to boil them in water, pack and store them in the freezer to keep them fresh.
If you want to dry nettle for winter time, try to collect the nettle roots. Nettle roots grow on the surface of the land not so deep but it grows in a group and around under the stem. Use plastic gloves to collect nettle and its roots; it will help you from the stinging hairs. After harvesting, you can dry them in a cool place away from the sun and store them in tight jars for winter time.

You can also use nettle water as a shampoo to control dandruff and make hair glossier.

4. How to brew fresh & dried nettle leaf tea?

You can boil nettle leaf as a green leaf and also can use the boiling water as a tonic herbal tea.The nettle tea is tasty, fresh and healthy. You can add some lemon juice and honey in your nettle leaf tea. The lemon will enhance absorption of minerals.

As a research in the International Journal of Food Science in 2013, the best time to boil the nettle is between 7-9 minutes. In the research, scientists found that after different acid and amino acid in nettle leaves will reach a peak at 6.7-10 minutes. After 11 minutes of cooking, all amino acid in nettle goes to 0. I did experiments by cooking nettle for 2 minutes, 5 minutes, and 12 minutes. After 2 minutes nettle looked lively, scary with full of hairs. With 5 minutes the nettle tea still drinkable, but there were small hairs in the water. These hairs made a bit itchy in my lips and mouth when you drink it. At 12 minutes the water is thicker than normal water with full of medical or drug smell. So that I will cook my nettle around 7 minutes next time to keep the antioxidant and amino acid in the tea.  
5. What are dosages for nettle?

There is no formal dosage for nettle, and here is the nettles dosages information I collected. In Germany Commission E people recommend 4-6 g/day cut root for symptoms of BPH, doses up to 18 g/day. In some researches people use the daily dosages are 360 mg aqueous extract, 460 mg dried extract, and 600 mg freeze-dried nettle. Here are some more detail dosages

DOSAGES FOR THE NETTLE LEAF

  • In one research, people used 50 g stewed nettle leaf daily for rheumatic conditions.
  • Dry extract: 0.6-2.1 g/day in divided doses
  • Liquid extracts (1:2): 2-6 mL/day.
  • People also use 1 tablespoon nettle juice (15 mL) in 4-6 oz water three times daily.
  • Tincture of the leaf or root with a dose of 1/2-1 tsp (2-5 mL) three times daily, or as part of a formula with other herbs.

DOSAGES FOR NETTLE’S ROOT

  • German Commission E recommend 4-6 g/day cut root for symptoms of BPH. Some research uses doses up to 18 g/day for BPH.

I use 50 grams of fresh nettle for one person in cooking and brew 2-4 gram of dried nettle leaf and root for 1 cups of tea. If you use the nettle leaf extract or other extracted products, ask your doctors for advice before using it.
Nettle has been used as a food for many thousand years. Fresh and processed nettle have high-protein, low-calorie source of essential nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. The fresh nettle has formic acid, mucilage, mineral salts, ammonia, carbonic acid and water. The nettle works as high nutrient and vitamin foods. But nowadays scientists focus more on medical and fiber applications. I like the fresh taste of nettle and its huge health benefits. But when using this leaf you should pay attention to the dosages. Ask your doctors for advice before using this leave. I will discuss more the health benefits and side effects of nettle in my coming post. I hope you are not getting bored with this long and too much information post. Let’s me know what do you think about the nettle leaf. See you soon in my next post about health benefits and side effects of nettle leaf.

If you like to read more about nettle here are quite interesting links more about it:

Mineral Properties and Dietary Value of Raw and Processed Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica L.)


3 basic and simple Blueberry smoothie recipes


Blueberry is one of the richest food sources of natural antioxidants. This fruit has high amount of oxygen radical absorption capacity (ORAC). Orac is a measure of food’s ability to neutralize free radicals and protect the body from ageing. The ORAC level in 100 gram of blueberries is 4669 Mol Te. Our body need about 5000 Mol Te ORAC per day. A glass of fresh blueberries smoothie can provide you ORAC level that your body needs in a day. Besides, the protective antioxidants in blueberry do not change when we frozen the fruits. So we can use fresh or frozen blueberry to make smoothie in all year round. In this post I list my 3 simple and fast blueberry smoothy recipes. These recipes are easy to make and good to your health.

Blueberry and yogurt

Serves for 2

  • 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberry (150 g)
  • 1 cup of vanilla or plain yogurt or 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • ½ cup of ice

How to do it?

Blend at high speed. Serve immediately with mint leaves. Yogurt contain high amount of calcium and live bacteria that are beneficial to the digestion. Live bacteria in yogurt can protect against harmful gut bacterial which cause food poisoning. 

Blueberry and Strawberry smoothie

Serves 1-2

  • 1 cup of blueberry fresh or frozen (150 gr)
  • 1/2 cup of strawberries (75 g)
  • ½ cup of milk
  • ½ cup vanilla frozen yogurt
  • 1 whole strawberry for decoration
  • Fresh mint leaves

How to do it

  • Place strawberry and milk in blender
  • Cover and process for 10-15 seconds
  • Add frozen yogurt and vanilla to blender process 10-15 seconds
  • Garnish with whole strawberry and mint leaves

Blueberry and raspberry crush


Blueberry and raspberry smoothie is tasty and can protect you from the ravages of free radicals.

Serves 1-2

  • 1 cup of blueberries (150 gr)
  • 1 cup of raspberries (120gr)
  • 1 cup of plain or vanilla yogurt
  • ½ cup of ice
  • 1 tsp. of honey

How to do it

  • Wash and hull the fruits
  • Put them both into a blender and blend until smooth.

As blueberry and raspberry contain lots small and hard seeds, the smoothie can be quite dry and hard. You can add or reduce amount of yogurt and honey as your taste too. Garnish with fresh raspberry and mint leaves.

Here are three simple and healthy blueberry smoothie recipes that you can make it everyday within 5 minutes. I hope you find something interesting in this post. And let me know what do you think about these simple recipes? What is your favorite blueberry smoothie recipes? I would love to know your favorite blueberry smoothie recipes too. 

3 Amazing Honeydew Melon Smoothie Recipes to Try Right Now


Honeydew melon is good and healthy fruit for summer time. This fruit is low in Sodium, and low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. It is also contain good sources of Vitamin C, fibers and other essential nutrients to our body. Besides natural fibers in honeydew melon can support our digestion and keep blood sugar balanced. We can eat honeydew as a raw fruit and make honeydew melon smoothies too. In this post I one to share with you three easy honeydew melon smoothie recipes

1. Honeydew melon and honey smoothie

Ingredients (1-2 serves)

  • 6 cups honeydew melon
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • Juice of 2 limes or ½ lemon
  • 1 cup of ice

How to do it?

  • Peel and cut the honeydew melon.
  • Put into a blender with honey and lime juice
  • Blend until smooth
  • Serve with fresh mint on a top

This smoothie has a light taste from honeydew melon and honey. Besides, this smoothie has high amount of vitamin C from honeydew melon and lime or lemon. 

2. Honeydew melon and light coconut milk smoothie


Ingredients (1-2 serves)      

  • 1/2 honeydew melon (cut into chunks, about 4 cups, or 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 leaves fresh mint 
  • 1 cup of ice

How to do it?

  • Peel and cut the honeydew melon.
  • Put into a blender with the coconut milk
  • Blend until smooth
  • Serve with fresh mint on a top

This smoothie has quite rich and sweet taste of coconut and light honeydew melon taste. I think this smoothie taste is nicer than watermelon and coconut smoothie. If you like lemon or lime, you can add 1 tsp. of lime juice into blender for different taste. 

3. Honeydew melon, light yogurt, light coconut milk and watermelon smoothie


Ingredients (1-2 serves)

  • 1/2 honeydew melon (cut into chunks, about 4 cups, or 1 1/2 lbs)
  • 1/2 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 leaves fresh mint (plus more for garnish)2 cups of watermelon
  • 1 cup of thin yogurt
  • 1 cup of ice

How to do it?

  • Peel and cut the honeydew melon, watermelon
  • Put into a blender with the coconut milk, yogurt and ice
  • Blend until smooth
  • Serve with fresh mint on a top

This smoothie has little bit taste of coconut, yogurt and nice color from watermelon. I think this smoothie is absolute different than what I have ever tried. If you have all ingredients already, try to make this funny smoothie.

Here are 3 simple honeydew melon smoothie recipes I made this summer. All recipes are easy to make and quite convenience within only 5 minutes. I hope you like my short and simple post about honeydew melon smoothies. What is your favorite honeydew melon smoothie recipe? Let me know what you think about my work with honeydew melon smoothie recipes