How to Make an Antioxidant Smoothie

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Antioxidants cleanse your system of disease-causing free radicals, helping your immune system stay strong and keeping your cells functioning efficiently. Making a high-octane antioxidant smoothie is an easy way to have a meal high in these nutrients... and it only takes a few minutes. Simply toss superfoods in a blender for a delicious and super nutritious breakfast or snack.

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This smoothie includes some of the most nutrient-dense antioxidant foods. Blueberries are high in Vitamin C, manganese, and fiber; beets are packed with Vitamins C and B, folate, and manganese; cranberry juice contains a great deal of Vitamin C and manganese; and green tea powder (also known as matcha) is high in Vitamin C, selenium, zinc, and magnesium. All of the ingredients combined result in a power-house elixir to boost the immune system and ease inflammation.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 1 cup cooked or raw beets, chilled
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 5 large ice cubes

Step 1: Gather Your Ingredients

Assemble your favorite flavor combination.

Mixed berries and deeply colored vegetables such as beets, kale, and/or spinach are always a smart choice. Using 100% fruit juice helps make the smoothie sweet, while still maintaining health benefits, and incorporating unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk yields a creamier texture (plus these milks are lower in sugar than the fruit juice).

Get creative with your ingredients.
Get creative with your ingredients. (Image: Julia Mueller)

Step 2: Add Everything to a Blender

Add about one cup of liquid for every two cups of fruit and/or vegetables, along with some ice cubes, to a high-powered blender.

(Image: Julia Mueller)

Tip

  • Add the liquid first, followed by the solids.

Step 3: Blend

Blend until completely smooth.

(Image: Julia Mueller)

Pour into a glass and enjoy!

Tip

  • Foods that are high in antioxidants include, but are not limited to: cherries, cranberries, blackberries, blueberries, dark leafy greens, beets, green tea, chocolate, walnuts, and coffee. Discover your favorite combinations for antioxidant smoothies by experimenting with these flavors.

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