Black & Blue Smoothie
Do you have a case of the summer Sunday shakes after a fun night out on the town? Or do you need to dietarily prep for the upcoming stressful work week? I got you covered with another smoothie recipe with a focus on berries. Using black and blue berries not only add sweet flavor, but will give you some great health benefits.
Go and pick you up some fresh blueberries and blackberries. (Even better, get some of the amazing berries from the list below.) Add them to your smoothie recipe. Don't worry too much about the sugar in the berry due to the fiber. It is not like added sugar in candy.
Beyond the great taste, berries offer a plethora of beneficial phytonutrients or phytochemicals. These nutrients from plants are responsible for anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, cancer prevention, heart and brain health, and aiding in metabolic syndrome symptoms like diabetes and obesity.
Since I'm only sharing this recipe, this post won't go into the science behind resveratrol, anthocyanins, polyphenols, flavonoids, stilbenes, etc. You may recall these phytonutrients and antioxidants from any monthly headline from major headlines like "Chocolate Prevents Cancer" or "Wine Prevents Diabetes".
Very misleading (and annoying) headlines, and more to come on certain phytonutrients in the future. For now, get more than your daily dose of veggies and fruit.
White and Golden Raspberry
Don't go downing a pound of berries every day now! The veggies and greens are just as important.
This recipe will make around a pint or 16 oz of smoothie.
- Blueberries - 1 handful
- Blackberries - 1 handful
- Spinach (raw) - giant handful
- Ceylon cinnamon - 1/2 tsp
- Spirulina - 1 scoop
- Ginger (raw) - 1 thumb size chunk
- Aloe vera juice - 1/4 cup
- Apple cider vinegar - 2 tbsp
- MCT oil - 2 tbsp
- Probiotic - 1 sachet
- Sea Salt - 1 tsp
- Chia seeds - 1 tbsp
- Ground flaxseed - 1 tbsp
- Lemon juice - 1/2 lemon
- Banana (frozen raw) - 1/2
- Coconut milk - 1/2 cup
- Collagen - 1 tbsp
- Honey (local raw) - 1/2 tsp
- Maca - 1 tsp
Note: I’m always changing brands searching for a better/cheaper alternative. On the plus side, this keeps my gut on it’s toes.