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.