Smoothies are all the rage, of course. You can find them (at a premium price) at all sorts of places, now. But smoothies are easy to make on your own, and you can make them exactly how you want. Georgia loves a particular smoothie that she has for breakfast almost every single morning. This blueberry antioxidant smoothie is packed with all kinds of immune system-boosting, health-encouraging, energy-producing goodness! An awesome way to start the day!
Why Are Antioxidants Important?
If you have been paying even a little bit of attention to health and food trends over the last few years you have certainly heard the term “antioxidant”.
So, what are antioxidants? They are substances that may protect your cells from free radicals — molecules produced when your body breaks down food or is exposed to harmful environmental substances like tobacco smoke and radiation. Free radicals may play a role in heart disease, cancer and other diseases. So it’s generally considered a good thing to include foods that have high antioxidant properties in your diet. In Georgia’s case she wants to be extra intentional about antioxidant intake.
At Full of Beans household, smoothies are the number one choice for breakfast (except for occasional other options). They are quick, packed with flavor and nutrients, and an excellent way to start your day if you have a busy schedule. No more excuses for not having breakfast before work – come on, you have 5-10 minutes to make a smoothie that you can drink while you are running around getting ready!
A Good Blender is Key for this Antioxidant Smoothie
Really, all you need is a decent blender. We suggest getting a really solid one, like a Blendtec or a Vitamix. They are worth the money, will last and last, and you can usually pick one up refurbished for a decent discount. Because we like to use a lot of frozen fruit the extra power of the better blenders comes in very handy. We actually killed a few lightweight blenders spinning up all that frozen fruit every morning!
Spinach Packs a Punch
Part of Georgia’s antioxidant smoothie is spinach, which is something you should really try to work into your diet as often as possible. Why? Because spinach is one of the truly big players in the nutrition game. (Remember Popeye and how he would get all pumped up as soon as he had his spinach? Turns out that’s only a slight exaggeration).
Here is a small list of the wonderful qualities of spinach:
fiber for cholesterol control
high in iron (important for red blood cell production)
antioxidant vitamins like A and C to promote healing
high in vitamin K, essential for bone-building and osteoporosis prevention
also high in many minerals including zinc (essential to growth and sperm regeneration – are you listening, guys?)
Clearly spinach is a heavyweight in the nutritional foods scene. But this super smoothie has a few additional ingredients that really make it something special. They are mango, flax seed, and (of course) blueberries.
Very high in vitamins A, B6, C, E
high in alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, copper and potassium
Blueberries are the big news because they are one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world and contain large levels and a broad range of antioxidants.
they combat aging
high amount of phenols protect our brains from degeneration
support your digestion
great for your skin: the wide spectrum of vitamins and minerals help restore hormone balance, which counteracts acne
Incredible, right!? A quick to make, simple drink with all these benefits? Let’s have some! It is pretty quick to make and the balance of sweet ripe bananas, tangy mangoes, cinnamon, spinach, blueberries, and coconut sugar is a treat.
More Health Benefit Info
Sources and more reading regarding nutritional benefits of the main ingredients in this vegan antioxidant smoothie.
Greg is the other half of Full Of Beans. He loves to be active, particularly outdoors. If he had his way, he would be on a warm beach at least part of every day. He works as a Graphic Designer, Photographer, and Personal Trainer. In his opinion, Georgia is the best thing that ever happened to him.
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A biochemistry professor once told my class not to eat raw spinach because the calcium within it is not available but becomes available when it is cooked. Would one receive the same benefit using arugula instead?
Well we haven’t heard that about spinach, BUT spinach isn’t a huge source of calcium in the first place, and not all of it is bioavailable. However, its a great source of lots of other nutrients, as well. If you have, and enjoy, arugula, by all means use it. It’s a WIN either way! 🙂
Great post, love your recipe!
Yummy! This makes the perfect breakfast for me! 🙂 Blueberries and mango are such a great combo!
Thanks Sina! 😄
Thanks for your recipe
This looks so fruity and flavorful and refreshing! I love that you added coconut sugar too…mmmmm, I bet that gives it an extra boost of yumminess! Blueberries are always in my smoothies if I make them too!
I drink a smoothie almost everyday. It’s the best way to ensure that you get your greens and fruit. I love the ingredients in this smoothie. So healthy, yet delicious.
Hi Linda, same thing here. It’s a great way to start the day and doesn’t take much time at all!
Blueberries and mango? I’m sold already! Blueberries are the most delicious source of antioxidants in my book. I love that you added flax too, that extra omega 3 kick is a nice bonus 🙂
Exactly! You totally get it, Lucie. 🙂
I love smoothies of every kind! Every single morning I have one. Such a great start to the day. I just posted about them today too!! I’ll definitely be trying this flavor combo!
We love them, too! Its almost every morning for us as well! Definitely going to check out your smoothie post – its sure to be a great one!
I was sold when I saw blueberries and smoothie! Love this!
I love that you included all of that insanely helpful info on spinach! I mean, I know it was healthy, but had no idea how great it was for you.
Oh spinach – it is a super power! LOL
Wow, I feel healthier just reading this haha! It looks really delicious too 🙂
There you go – that’s a start! 🙂
A delicious sounding smoothie and so full of nutrition which I love. A great start to the day!
Hi Mel, we agree!
We used to make a similar smoothie daily, but without the mango – I love that addition!
We LOVE mango here! We probably should move to the tropics so we could have a tree of our own 🙂
This looks great!
Sounds amazing! I would love to start my day with this delicious smoothie! Love that added cinnamon too….my fave!
Thanks Jenn! Georgia has been starting her day with that smoothie (and subtle variations of it) for well over a year – it really gets you going. Plus cinnamon, that’s a favorite here, too!
I need no convincing, I know I will love this one! Blueberries and mangoes are two of my favorite fruits, and altogether with the flax and cinnamon and antioxidants this is a perfect storm of nutrition 🙂
Thanks, Natalie! It IS a fabulous taste combo 🙂