Add These Antioxidant-Packed Foods To Your Smoothies
Turn your smoothie into a immunity booster by adding produce that is packed with antioxidants to the mixture. Choosing foods that are high in antioxidants will make your smoothies more nutritious and help you prevent many common health ailments. Many of the foods that are high in antioxidants are also high in other vitamins and nutrients needed by the body for healthy growth. Here are some of the antioxidant packed foods that you may want to consider adding to your next smoothie.
Many different types of berries are packed with antioxidants. While blackberries have the highest amount of these disease fighting elements, cranberries, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries all contain high amounts of antioxidants. Strawberries also contain fiber which is good for digestion and nutrient absorption. Raspberries contain high amounts of vitamin C and blueberries contain elements that help protect the health of the skin.
Many people put leafy greens into their smoothies because they cannot stand the way the vegetables taste on their own. Most leafy greens are packed with antioxidants, including spinach, kale, cabbage and spinach, and taste great when combined with fruits and nut milks to create a smoothie. If you are new to adding leafy greens to your smoothies, check out the recipes below for some ideas on how to proceed.
You can increase the antioxidant power of your smoothies by adding nut milks to the recipe. These nut milks gives the smoothie a creamy consistency and nearly all of the nutrients that are generally found in nuts. The most common nut milks to use in smoothies are almond milk and hazelnut milk.
Creamy Green Smoothie Recipe
1 avocado (ripe, peeled and pit removed)
1 frozen small to medium banana (ripe and peeled)
1 orange (peeled and seeds removed)
½-1 cup of spinach
1-1 ½ cups of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
*Optional: 5-6 ice cubes
For a sweeter smoothie, use 1 tbsp of Grade B maple syrup, or raw agave nectar
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Drink immediately.