Drink this superfood smoothie recipe to get a huge dose of antioxidants! It's also a refreshing and delicious way to start the day, with no added sugar!
I've been exercising a lot more over the last couple of months. I had a big birthday a few months ago and had decided at the end of 2019 that I was going to get in the best shape of my life in 2020.
At the end of November, my mother was diagnosed with cancer. Four years before that, she had a stroke. Then another stroke, followed by two more.
At first, we watched her work hard to recover. But over time, each new stroke brought new challenges and she was worn out.
The cancer diagnosis was the last straw, and was stage 4. There was no fighting it.
Why am I telling you all this? Because health is a lifestyle decision. If I was determined to make this my best year yet before, I am even more determined now after watching my mom deteriorate and eventually leave this world.
Drinking a smoothie is a simple way to get a good dose of vitamins and minerals and begin your day with energy. We loved the flavors of this superfood smoothie recipe, and think you will, too.
Superfood Smoothie Ingredients
For this particular smoothie, I started with frozen strawberries. Though we live in Florida where strawberries are amazing when they are in season, I also use frozen berries.
If this rain ever lets up, I want to go strawberry picking!
We keep big bags of berries in our freezer just for smoothies. And we always have fresh bananas on our counter to snack on.
I went out to one of our natural food stores lat week and bought dried goji berries and dried mulberries. They are not easy to find at most local grocers, so online ordering may be better. These are the brands I bought.
These berries add nice flavor and sweetness to the smoothie, but more importantly, they are full of antioxidants. In Goji berries, you'll find vitamin C and A, zinc, iron, fiber and all eight essential amino acids.
Mulberries have the flavor of raisins. As far as vitamins go, they provide vitamin A, E, K, as well as potassium and iron.
I wanted to add a bit more sweetness, so I added both coconut milk and coconut water. Coconut milk is high in fat, which is why I only used one-third of a cup for this two-serving recipe.
Coconut water is not only hydrating, but it's a lot lower in calories. Remember, we are never using ingredients with added sugar, so look at the label when buying.
Finally, I used pure vanilla extract for another flavor boost. You don't need ice if you're using frozen fruit. If your fruit is fresh, toss in a handful of ice. Scroll down to the recipe card for ingredient amounts.
How to Make this Superfood Smoothie Recipe
Peel your bananas and toss them into a blender along with the rest of the ingredients. Blend until smooth. How easy was that?
Tips for making Superfood Smoothie Recipes
I rarely toss bananas when they turn brown. I just stick them in a large baggie and put it in the freezer.
Just remember to put new bananas at the bottom of the bag. We store a lot of bananas this way and I want to use the oldest banana first.
Keep bags of berries in the freezer, too.
A handful or two of spinach would be delicious in this smoothie and I doubt you would even know it was added as far as taste goes.
- 1 1/2 C frozen strawberries
- 2 medium frozen bananas
- 2 T dried goji berries
- 3 T dried mulberries
- 1/3 C coconut milk
- 10 oz coconut water
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Peel banana. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 282Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 183mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 8gSugar: 28gProtein: 5g
If you're looking for a creamier drink, I think you'll like this almond milk smoothie.
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