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Antioxidant Packed Berry Smoothie Recipes

A great way to boost your daily nutrition is to incorporate berry smoothies into your regular diet.
Most berries contain significant amounts of antioxidants and a diet rich in antioxidants provides you with numerous health benefits, including protecting your skin and hair and preventing certain diseases. While all fruits and vegetables contain some antioxidants, berries are some of the absolute best sources.

The antioxidants in berries helps your body fight oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Several powerful antioxidants that appear in berries are anthocyanin, quercetin, and vitamin C. Anthocyanin and quercetin may help to prevent and manage arthritis and help slow age-related memory-loss. Vitamin C aids in joint flexibility; reduces the risk of arthritis, cataracts, and macular degeneration; and helps improve the health of your skin and hair.

Great berries to focus on are boysenberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and cranberries. Blackberries are a good source of folate, which may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and mood disorders. Cranberries, blueberries, and boysenberries are excellent sources of anthocyanins. Strawberries are composed of mostly water and fiber, which makes them a great fruit if you’re trying to lose weight or lower your cholesterol.

Here are some delicious berry smoothie recipes for you to try.

Triple Berry Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups fat-free vanilla yogurt, fat-free milk or soy milk
1 cup blueberries, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup blackberries, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup raspberries, rinsed and drained
2 Tablespoons ground flax seed

Optional

2 Tablespoons honey for a sweeter smoothie
1 medium banana for a thicker smoothie

Directions

Add all the ingredients to the blender. Mix on high speed until smooth, about one minute. Pour and serve immediately.

Berry Green Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

1 cup spinach leaves
1/2 cup blueberries, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup raspberries, rinsed and drained
1 ripe banana
1/2 cup fat-free milk or soy milk
2 tablespoons old-fashioned oats
1 cup ice

Directions

Combine spinach, blueberries, raspberries, banana, milk, oats, and ice in blender until smooth. Serve immediately.

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