Here’s a simple, yet power-packed green smoothie anyone can make at home that’s filled with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, plus even a little protein too. Meet your new favorite breakfast drink of the champs: Antioxidant-Rich Berry Green Smoothie!
Berries and greens are two of the absolute most powerful—and affordable—foods you should be eating daily. In fact, Dr. Michael Greger (one of my favorite plant-based doctors and author of the new book, How Not to Die) says berries and greens are two of the top foods that have been proven to be the most powerful at fighting disease, aging, and minor health issues throughout years of research. They even promote a healthy mood!
Berries and greens are also higher in nutrition than most all other fruits and vegetables, and best of all, they make a great green smoothie!
I promise that you’ll never taste the greens in this recipe, but you will taste the naturally sweet fruits which provide fiber to steady your blood sugar and natural sugars to energize you without causing a crash.
I’ve even added another antioxidant-rich powerhouse to this smoothie to make it a little tastier: organic cocoa powder!
Did you know cocoa beans have more antioxidants than any other food on the planet (aside from organic coffee beans which are just a bit higher)? Just be sure you choose plain and unsweetened cocoa or raw cacao to get the best form possible, (though I admit personally do love a darker, Dutch-processed cocoa powder myself!).
Berry Nutrients Breakdown:
- Cranberries are anti-fungal, filled with Vitamin C, have only 2 grams of sugar per 1/2 cup, and are some of the best for your liver, kidneys, and digestive tract.
- Blueberries contain more antioxidants than other berries aside from blackberries. Choose wild and organic blueberries for twice the antioxidant content. Blueberries contain Vitamin C and have been shown to treat digestive disorders, aid in brain health and memory, and increase your mood to even help relieve depression.
- Raspberries contain Vitamin C, more fiber than other berries, and are one of the best fruits for your blood sugar.
- Blackberries contain more antioxidants than all other North American berries and help relieve digestive distress, they boost your immune system, and can help give you more youthful skin.
Why Getting Your Greens Really Does Matter:
- Dark greens such as kale, spinach, Swiss chard, and arugula are packed with more vitamins and minerals than all other vegetables.
- Greens are a great source of iron, Vitamins A and C, B vitamins such as folate, and chlorophyll. They’re also full of amino acids your body can use to form proteins in the body without causing acidity or inflammation. Greens are one of the top foods linked to preventing cancer, relieving anxiety, and lowering high blood pressure due to their high magnesium and potassium content.
- Aim for at least two 2 cup servings per day (this smoothie takes care of one of those!).
If you have two minutes in the morning, you can make this and your body will thank you all day long. I’ve also included some fun and optional ingredients you can use, but those are totally up to you. Even the basic recipe is a win-win anytime of the day!
- 2 cups dark leafy greens (I used a baby kale/spinach/Swiss chard salad mix from Whole Foods) - I freeze these so they never go bad!
- 1/2 of a frozen, (very ripe) banana - or use extra berries if you don't use bananas
- 1/2 cup frozen mixed berries (I used blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cranberries)
- 1 tablespoon organic cocoa powder (or cacao powder)
- 1 scoop your choice plant-based protein powder (see my suggestions below)
- 1/2 cup ice
- (optional): 1 drop liquid stevia, plant-based protein powder, green superfood powder, etc.
- 1 cup non-dairy milk, unsweetened almond works well here
- Add all the ingredients to your blender in the order listed.
- Blend on low then progress to high.
- Alternatively, you can turn this into a thicker smoothie by reducing the liquid to 1/2 cup and blending it all in a food processor or using the tamper with the Vitamix.
- Pour into your favorite smoothie glass and drink with a straw, or scrape the mixture into your favorite bowl and enjoy it as a smoothie bowl.
- Top with more berries for color and nutrients if desired (these are tasty to eat with a spoon too!).
Here are my favorites that I think taste the best and offer the most nutrition:
- Vega One (highly recommend, contains multiple sources of superfoods, is a meal replacement, plant-based protein, is grain and sugar-free, is non-GMO, sustainably sourced, and also has omega-3 fatty acids)
- Garden of Life Raw Fit, or Raw Protein and Greens (no fillers, binders, is organic and non-GMO, contains added superfoods, and is completely raw)
Have you tried a new smoothie recipe lately you’d like to share? I’d love to hear it!