Lila, Chop!

ABC Smoothie

Vegan Gluten-free Lactose-free High-protein Sugar-free Low-fat Paleo
287
cal
20
pro
40
carb
9
fat
Christina Hallalulu

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.

Smoothie
The perfect way to start the day.
Ingredients
amount name
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
tsp acai powder
tbsp chia seeds
handful cherries or dried goji berries for topping (optional extras)
Servings: (Total Calories: .)
Smoothie
Homemade ABC protein smoothies for breakfast: 1 for him & 1 for her.
Steps
time instruction
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!
Ingredients
Some of my favourite smoothie ingredients: Perfect Fit protein, berries, banana, & coconut milk.

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.

Smoothie
The ABCs of superfoods: acai, berries and cherries.

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.
Lila eating blueberries
If I were to discover a new berry species I would name it Lilaberry.

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