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Recall Alert! Cases of Hepatitis A Were Reported After Consumption of Frozen Strawberry Smoothies

If you’re fond of drinking “healthy strawberry smoothies” displayed in coffee shops, then beware and take heed! The CDC recently announced an outbreak of Hepatitis A that affects 55 people in 6 US states.

Recall Alert! Cases of Hepatitis A Were Reported After Consumption of Frozen Strawberry Smoothies

CDC Reports Cases of Hepatitis A After Consumption of Tropical Strawberry Smoothies

The local health authorities confirmed reports of 44 cases of Hepatitis infections in Virginia, Maryland with 4, 1 in North Carolina, 1 in Oregon and Wisconsin. 40 out of the 55 cases originated from a Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Virginia.

The 44 Virginia residents were hospitalized and infected with Hepatitis A after consuming the strawberry smoothie. The strawberries used in making the smoothie originated from Egypt, and suspected to be the carriers of the said virus. The Tropical Smoothies Cafe recalled all of its strawberry smoothies after the incident.

Since the symptoms of hepatitis A don’t show up quickly unlike food poisoning, the health authorities are encouraging everyone to watch for its impending symptoms. The symptoms cover jaundice, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, light-colored stools and among others.

The affected Tropical Smoothie Cafe released a statement about the issue:

“The Virginia Department of Healthy notified us about several foodborne illnesses in the state linked to frozen strawberries sourced from Egypt. Our cafes and their food handling practices have not been implicated in any way – the health department believes this is a single product issue (strawberries) sourced from Egypt. Egyptian strawberries represent a fraction of our overall strawberries purchased and were predominantly distributed to stores in the Virginia market.

Today, our strawberries are primarily sourced from Mexico and California. However, in an abundance of caution, we voluntarily pulled all strawberries sourced from Egypt from every cafe in our system, not only the Virginia cafes. Our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of our guests and crew members and we will continue to cooperate with the health authorities.”

The Fast Metabolism Diet Community’s Opinion

The community still recommends everyone to make their own smoothies rather than store-bought smoothies. We don’t know for sure how they handled the preparation of smoothies. We’re at risks of acquiring illness (like this).

Aside from that, these commercial smoothies contain artificial sweeteners that contribute to weight gain. You can check our natural fast metabolism diet smoothie recipes here.

Coconut Vanilla-Nut Smoothie – Phase 3

Do you miss making a smoothie? We have a new cooler for you! A smooth and creamy smoothie made with the perfect blend of coconut milk, almond butter with pinch of nuts! Coconut Vanilla-Nut Smoothie is a perfect delicious treat to have in Phase 3!

Coconut Vanilla-Nut Smoothie - Phase 3

Serving: 2

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients except ice to blender. Puree well.
  2. Add ice and blend until ice is all crushed and smoothie is well blended and smooth.
  3. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.

Blueberry Zucchini Smoothie – Phase 3

Explore another blueberry recipe. Combined with Zucchini, it got me thinking how it would taste. But regardless, I’m sharing this because of its health benefits like healthy fats, it would also add some thrill to your menu. Try this rich-filling and refreshing Blueberry Zucchini smoothie.

Blueberry Zucchini Smoothie

This smoothie is a great source of fiber, manganese, antioxidants and other vitamins that adds more amazing combination in this blended creation.

Ingredients

Serves: 1

Toppings

  • 1 tbs almond butter
  • 1 tbs wild blueberries

Directions

Blend all of the ingredients until smooth. Top with almond butter and wild blueberries.

Vanilla Almond Smoothie – Phase 3

Phase 3 is the most popular and most loved among the three phases in the fast metabolism diet. This is due to the fact that the phase is all about healthy fats indulgence.

To mention a few healthy fats, almond is known to be one of the best source of good fats. So we are featuring this Almond recipe today to add in your healthy fats indulgence diary. The Vanilla Almond Smoothie is loaded with bits of your favorite almonds!

Get your taste bud ready with this smoothie’s surprising flavor!

VANILLA ALMOND SMOOTHIE

Ingredients

Directions

Blend until smooth. Serve. Enjoy!

 

Lent Carrot Smoothie Recipe – Phase 1

This Lent Carrot smoothie will be a perfect recipe to calm your adrenals and help lower the stress hormones in your body this Lenten season.

lenten carrot smoothie

Minimizing the effects of ruining your metabolism, phase 1 foods also help ease your sensitive stomach after how many hours of food deprivation. Follow the steps below to prepare the Lent Carrot Smoothie:

Ingredients

  • 3 carrots
  • 1 mango (with peel)
  • 1 lime (without rind-cut it off)
  • 1 15 oz can lite Peaches
  • 3 cups of water

Instructions:

  • Put carrots, mango, lime, full can peaches/with juice and three cups of water in blender and blend. Chill and serve. Serving size is 1 2/3 cup.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Avocado Green Smoothie – Phase 3

Mix up a refreshing and nutritious snack with a creamy avocado smoothie! Avocados are a great addition to smoothies – they can add creaminess to the consistency of your favorite fruit smoothie recipe or be a fresh non-dairy addition to add smoothness to fruit and/or vegetable smoothie recipes. Try this healthy, yummy Avocado Green Smoothie – Phase 3 of the Fast Metabolism Diet. Enjoy!

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Avocado Green Smoothie – Phase 3 (2 servings)
INGREDIENTS
1 1/4 cups cold unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk beverage
1 ripe avocado
1 peach
2 cups of spinach
1 1-inch piece peeled fresh ginger
8 ice cubes
PREPARATION
Blend milk beverage, avocado, pears, kale (or spinach), ginger and ice in a blender until very smooth.

Note: To have a variation, you can add flax or chia seed in the smoothie.

Healthy, Delicious Frozen Peach Flax Smoothie – Phase 3

Frozen Peach Flax Smoothie – Phase 3 are nutritious because they are source of vitamin A and C. What’s more? You can indulge yourself in this delicious smoothie that contains flax seed to serve as your healthy fat in your phase 3 of the Fast Metabolism Diet. Enjoy!

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Frozen Peach Flax Smoothie – Phase 3 (3 cups or 1 1/2 servings)
Ingredients:
2 cups frozen peach slices
1 cup carrot juice
1 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons ground flax seed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
Preparation:
Combine peaches, carrot juice, lime juice, and ginger in blender; blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Tropical Green Fruit Smoothie – All Phase

Getting bored with the recipe you prepare repeatedly? Why not try a different recipe to add some thrill to your taste buds! This tropical green fruit smoothie is the bomb and is worth a try! More than that, this is safe for all phase! How’s that?

Tropical green fruit smoothie’s main ingredients include the tropical fruits like mango, pineapple that is rich in antioxidants and also help reduce inflammation. It can also boost our immune system and most of all, it improves our digestion and metabolism!

This recipe yields 2 serves.

Tropical Green Fruit Smoothie

Produce

1/2 Avocado, ripe
2 cups Baby spinach, packed
1 1/2 cups Mango, fresh or frozen
1 1/2 cups Pineapple, fresh or frozen

Refrigerated

2 cups Coconut or almond milk, unsweetened

Nuts & Seeds

2 tbsp Chia seeds

Instructions

  1. Place the spinach, avocado, chia seeds and coconut/almond milk in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
  2. Add the diced mango and pineapple and puree until smooth.
  3. Pour your smoothie into glasses/mason jars.
  4. Drink up to a happy metabolism!

Notes: You can also refrigerate this tropical green fruit smoothie. This smoothie lasts for three days.

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