Antioxidants are essential for keeping healthy and living a longer, more youthful existence. They ward off free radicals that can damage your cells leaving you with a healthy body and gorgeous skin. So it makes sense that you would want to drink in as much antioxidant power as you can get. Berries are notoriously bursting with antioxidants, and one of the best ways to harness the power of berries is to blend them into your morning smoothie. Not only do they taste great, but smoothies are an amazing way to get all your nutrients in while on the go on a hectic morning. For antioxidant power in a cup, try some of these berry smoothies to start your day off right.
1. Big Berry Burst Smoothie
Get the kind of jump start you need to power through your morning. This smoothie not only contains tons of antioxidants, but it also gives you plenty of energy for that morning workout.
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1-1/2 cups chopped strawberries
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1 teaspoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons raw organic honey
- 1/2 cup ice
Directions: Add all ingredients to your blender. Blend until smooth.
2. Sweet Vanilla Berry Smoothie
We all need a little sweetness in our lives. The creamy vanilla of the yogurt is a natural pair for the berries, giving this smoothie a rich consistency that only tastes naughty.
- 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
- 3/4 cup pineapple juice
- 1 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt
Directions: First, add the berries and the pineapple juice to your blender, followed by the yogurt. Blend until smooth.
3. Berry Slim Smoothie
If you are trying to shake off some weight, this berry-rich smoothie will fuel you with antioxidants while satisfying your desires for something more decadent like ice cream.
- 1 cup mixed frozen berries (any combination of raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries)
- 1/2 cup low-fat yogurt (plain or vanilla)
- 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
Directions: In your blender, add the berries, yogurt, and juice. Pulse for 20 to 30 seconds. Then, blend for 30 seconds or until mixture is smooth.
4. Blueberry and Banana-Infused Green Tea Smoothie
Green tea and blueberries are huge on antioxidants. Making a smoothie with them along with a pop of sweet banana is legendary!
- 1/2 cup hot, freshly brewed green tea
- 2 teaspoons raw organic honey
- 1-1/2 cups frozen blueberries
- 1/2 banana, medium-size
- 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
- 1/2 cup ice
Directions: Add the honey to the hot tea and stir until it dissolves. Next, add the berries, banana and soy milk into your blender, followed by the tea. Blend together until completely smooth and all ice has been incorporated.
Do you have a favorite berry-filled smoothie that you rely on to get you through your busy mornings? Enjoy these smoothies loaded with powerful antioxidants for optimal health.