Acai, cherry, & berry protein smoothie — the only ABC's you need. Add in some chia, coconut water, banana, and other berries, and you have a delicious superfood cocktail packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. (What more could you ask for?) No matter what time of year it is, we all need a pick-me-up and immune-booster, making this Lila, Chop! smoothie recipe for beginners simply perfect.
|scoop||vanilla vegan protein powder, or|
|scoop||any vanilla or unflavoured protein powder|
|ml||pure coconut water, or|
|ml||almond, rice, soy, or low-fat milk|
|cup||dark berries (cherries, blueberries, boysenberries, raspberries), frozen or raw|
|handful||cherries or dried goji berries for topping (optional extras)|
|Blend all ingredients together in a high-speed blender until smooth and creamy.|
|Pour smoothie into a glass and garnish with any leftover cherries, blueberries, or dried goji berries.|
|3||min total||Cheers to a healthier you!|
Smoothie Recipe Tip: why frozen fruit is better than fresh
I always prefer to use frozen berries in my smoothies. Not only will you get a more ice-cream-like temperature and consistency, you'll also probably get more nutritional benefits. This may sound counter-intuitive, since we are always told to consume fruits and vegetables in their most natural state. However, I recently learned that frozen produce generally contain more antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, since they are picked for freezing at their absolute peak ripeness, versus fresh produce that's often picked prior to maturation so that it can better survive transportation.
Nutritional highlights: what's so super about these superfoods?
I've learned a lot so far from studying to be a certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant. For example, dark berries — especially acai, blueberries, and cherries — have some of the highest antioxidant and vitamin contents, making this a top superfood-trio. Here's what's so super about these superfoods:
- Acai: native to the Amazon rain forest, the acai berry was traditionally used for healing, immunity- and energy-boosting energy. Containing almost 10x the amount of antioxidants as grapes, acai berries are related to slowing the process of ageing and preventing diseases related to cellular oxidative damage.
- Blueberries: research suggests that blueberries deliver some of the most powerful, wide-ranging, and long-term health benefits due to their high levels of antioxidants and phytonutrients. Just 1 cup of blueberries per week can lower blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol, neutralise free-radical damage in our cells, and perhaps even speed up metabolism.
- Cherries: people often forget that cherries are far more than just cocktail decoration. Cherries promote cell and tissue health due to their antioxidant flavonoid content. In addition, cherries contain bioflavonoids that can help reduce joint and muscle discomfort, and melatonin, a chemical that helps you maintain healthy sleep rhythms.