Antioxidant Berry Blast

Healthy Breakfast Smoothies - Antioxidant Blend

Well I was making a Costco run the other day cause I was all out of frozen strawberries for my healthy breakfast smoothies and much to my dismay so was Costco! Was totally bummed but then this bag of mixed berries caught my eye, ‘Organic Antioxidant Blend. Its full of antioxidant rich berries such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, raspberries (without the annoying seeds) and pomegranate. So I picked it up to give it a try and it has become one of my favorite smoothie mixes.

  • 1 1/2 Cups of Antioxidant Blend
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Cup of Goodbelly Blueberry Acai
  • any other little additives (I put in a packet of Amazing Grass )

Thats it! Tastes awesome and very healthy. Want another great taste switch the Goodbelly Blueberry with the Goodbelly Mango. Mmmmmm love that one

Summer Strawberry Lemonade Smoothie

strawberry lemonade smoothieSchool is getting out here in So. California and summer vacation is about to start. Although our summer so far has been a mild one, and I hope that continues, but when it warms up this is a nice smoothie to cool you off and stay healthy as well.

Well the last one is optional but it adds lots of nutrients from veggi’s and leafy greens, as well as adding to the flavor :)

Enjoy!

Pink and Tart Refreshing Smoothie

Pink Tart SmoothieSpring is here and Summer is around the corner. Time to start thinking of smoothies to cool you down during the day as well as to get you going in the morning. This breakfast smoothie will be sure to do both with all the red berry goodness in it. Be sure to add your favorite additive such as flaxseed or even some baby spinach (although it my not be as pink after it).

  • 1-1/2 Cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1 Cup of frozen raspberries
  • 3/4 Cup or real organic cranberry juice (make sure pure and no additives)
  • 1 Cup Greek Vanilla Yogurt

With the raspberries you can try puree’ them first then running through a strainer to get rid of much of the seeds. As much as I enjoy the raspberries, the seeds always ruin it for me. This will make 2-3 servings (unless your servings are like mint then maybe 1 or 2)

GoodBelly Probiotic Smoothie

Goodbelly Probiotic JuicesThis morning I tried something a new to mix things up. Goodbelly is the maker of several lines of Probiotic products. Probiotics are the good bacteria that are used in your intestines to help in digestion. It has been suggested that adding good bacteria can help in a healthy lifestyle and improve your health. While use of antibiotics and poor diet can diminish these good bugs, adding the good ones now and then can help balance things out again.

Goodbelly offers these little bugs in several forms, shots, powder or a nice juice beverage. I usually take the shots several times a week but this time I picked up a container of one of their juices. These are made with all natural organic juices while also being dairy and soy free. So I thought what a great way to get my probiotics and make a healthy smoothie as well.

  • 1 Cup or Watermelon and Cranberry Goodbelly Juice (you can use one of the others if you wish, its ok)
  • 1 Cup Frozen Strawberries
  • 1 Cup Frozen Peaches
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Apple (cored of corse)

Makes about 4 cups

Now the Goodbelly juice is not the cheapest (quart cost me about $3.50  i think at sprouts) so may not be a regular thing for you, but should be a good addition if you can do it a couple times a week. Their site does offer coupons every so often and some to get started so check them out.

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Kale Green Smoothie

Kale GreensKale is very high in beta carotene, potassium, vitamin C and fairly high in calcium. So it makes a great addition to a breakfast smoothie to start your day with a healthy meal. As with most green smoothies, be sure the fruit out wieghs the veggies and it will taste great!

  • 1-1/2 cup of rice milk (of course you can use almond or soy)
  • 3 Pitted dates
  • 1 Cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 Lg banana
  • 1 Cup chopped Kale
  • 1 Cup baby spinach
Blend it all together in your favorite blender and should make 2-3 servings. Lots of protein, low fat and no cholesterol!

Acai Antioxidant Blast

acaijuiceAcai berries are found and grown in South America and have been dubbed the new super food. The best benefit of this berry is its high antioxidant value, apparently  more than any other berry or fruit. While I havent actually seen the berry in any stores you can buy the juice. Sambazon makes a nice one that I found at Costco recently. It does contain a bit of Agave in it though. I mention that because there are arguments as to how healthy it is. I figure right now its such a small amount (and the only source of it I would get) that its ok, personally I dont recommend it as a sweeter. Sambazon also makes a frozen smoothie pack of just Acai berry puree.

Well anyway with blueberries (another rich antioxidant berry) this smoothie may even make you age backwards (disclaimer: there is no medical evidence of this, but it does taste good!)

1 cup of acai berry juice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 banana (for creamy texture)
1 cup of water (add as needed)

Blend for 30-60 seconds, add in flaxseed or protein powder if you wish and makes about 2 large glasses!

Have you tried Acai Berry yet? Let me know what you think of the smoothie!

Pom-Berry Breakfast Smoothie

POM Wonderful Pomegranate JuiceI was wandering around costco the other day and ran across this big bottle of POM pomegranate juice and thought, hmmm that would be good in a smoothie. Pomegranate juice is packed with antioxidants, in fact more than any other juice. Studies have shown that pomegranate juice may help prevent hardening of the arteries as well as protect you from heart disease, cholesterol and even stress! The great thing about POM is its 100% pomegranate juice, nothing else, so makes a great healthy and natural smoothies additive. This is what I threw together the other day and in fact have had it a couple times since its so good.

1 1/2 Cup POM wonderful juice
1 Banana
1 Cup frozen strawberries
1/2 Cup frozen cranberries
1/2 Cup frozen raspberries
1 Tablespoon rice vanilla protein powder (optional)

Mix in blender for 30-60 seconds till smooth. Makes about 2 large glasses of a delicious tangy berry smoothie

For more on POM Wonderful health benefits visit their website. You can even find a coupon for a $1 off your next POM purchase there.

Be sure to let me know what you think of it! Do you currently have Pomegranate juice in your diet?