Antioxidant Berry Blast Smoothie

Antioxidant Berry Blast Smoothie Recipe

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How often do you read or hear someone talking about antioxidants? They’re all the rage. Foods and supplements high in antioxidants are held in high esteem, and for good reason.

Antioxidants are substances that protect your cells from damage caused by unstable molecules, better known as free radicals. Free radicals are produced through the process of oxidation, which is the interaction between oxygen and other molecules. A rusty car bumper is an example of damage from oxidation.

Your body produces free radicals when your cells use oxygen, as is the case when breaking down food and exercising. Exposure to environmental toxins like smoke and radiation also produce free radicals. Free radicals are implicated in a number of diseases including cancer and heart disease.

Antioxidants to the rescue!

Antioxidants are “free radical scavengers”, and prevent and repair damage done by free radicals. Therefore, consuming foods high in antioxidants is great for your health. Antioxidants are found in many foods, with some of the top sources being fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, spices, whole grains, and some meats, poultry and fish.

The antioxidant capacities of food is measured using the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) scale, of which berries score very high. Hence, the name of this smoothie recipe.

I like to get bags of frozen mixed berries, which you can find at your local health food or grocery store. Go organic whenever possible.

Now to fighting those free radicals with some antioxidant power. Enjoy!

Antioxidant Berry Blast Smoothie Recipe

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup of mixed frozen berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, and/or blueberries)
  • 1/4 cup goji berries
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • A dash of sea salt

The Add-ons

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds or chia seed gel
  • 1/4 cup coconut shreds or flakes
  • 1 serving of your preferred protein powder

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Add the ingredients into your blender and blend on high for 30-45 seconds or until your desired consistency is reached.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 278
  • Fat: 15g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 28g
  • Vitamin A: 138% RDA
  • Vitamin C: 36% RDA
  • Calcium: 15% RDA
  • Iron: 16% RDA

As always, comments about this smoothie are both welcomed and encouraged. Happy blending!

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5 Responses to Antioxidant Berry Blast Smoothie

  1. kim #

    Ryan;
    Hi,mmm this antioxidant berry blast smoothie looks really good and someday I will try it and make it in my blender.but I was wondering about the sea salt.I have high blood pressure which I am on meds to keep it under control it,so I was wondering is it safe and OK to use sea salt in this smoothie.how much sea salt should I put in this smoothie?
    Kim

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Just a dash of sea salt is called for, Kim. I can’t say whether it’s OK for you to use, a medical professional can though.

      • kim #

        Ryan;
        Hi,thank you for replying to my question about the sea salt and I will buy some sea salt to put a dash of it in my smoothies .
        Kim

  2. kim #

    Ryan;
    Hi,I was wondering if it will be OK and fine to use Saskatoon berries in your fruit smoothies with the other healthy smoothie ingredients?
    Kim

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Sure you can use Saskatoon berries, Kim. Let me know how they taste in a smoothie.

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