I’m all about colorful food right now. Spring is sloooowwwww in coming to the Midwest, so it’s up to me to bring a little color into the kitchen with every chance I get. To beat the late winter blues, I whipped up this smoothie last week and savored every last drop!
You’ll be glowing from the inside out with every sip of this Radiant Glow Antioxidant Smoothie. Just look at that vibrant shade of magenta. As I gulped down spoonful after spoonful (yes…it’s thick enough to eat with a spoon!), I could almost feel my cells soaking up the nutrition and antioxidants.
What makes this hydrating meal so healthy? For starters, it’s packed with natural color! Nutrients are most concentrated in foods with deep, dark pigments, such as beets, berries, leafy greens, and red or black beans. I used to think that I had to steam beets in order to put them in smoothies, but they work just fine when you toss them in raw. Saves a step and still tastes fantastic.
I also added a little fresh ginger to this Radiant Glow Antioxidant Smoothie for extra anti-inflammatory power…and because I just can’t get enough of ginger’s spicy flavor. A quarter of an avocado adds creaminess and satiating fat to the smoothie, giving it that “spoonable” texture that’s almost close to pudding.
Last but not least, maca powder adds a special touch to this smoothie. Have you tried it? I recently started using maca powder earlier this winter, mostly in smoothies. The flavor is a little nutty and “roasty,” giving smoothies a hint of malt shake flavor. Raw maca powder is a powerful superfood that helps to balance hormones, increase energy and stamina, and aid the body in handling stress. I don’t eat it daily, but once in a while a tiny spoonful in a smoothie really hits the spot.
If I’m being honest, this smoothie is probably the best one I’ve had in at least six months. Not that my other smoothies are bad, they just get same-old-same-old after a while. I broke out of my shell when I whipped this one up by adding the beet and maca powder, which made a world of difference. It has a pleasantly sweet, slightly earthy flavor with just enough spice from the ginger to add a little zing. I couldn’t drink it fast enough!
More smoothies to chase away those winter blahs:
- Coconut “Kale-ada” Smoothie from Daily Bites
- Peanut Butter Protein Shake from Elana’s Pantry
- Raspberry Green Smoothie from Healthful Pursuit
(Pictured above is a freshly harvested beet from the gardens at Rancho La Puerta. They were some of the best beets I’ve ever eaten!)
Radiant Glow Antioxidant Smoothie
Makes 1 smoothie
Glow from the inside out with this smoothie that’s packed with antioxidant power!
1/4 ripe avocado, pitted
1/2 cup mixed frozen berries
1/2 medium pear, peeled
1 small beet, peeled (or 1/2 of 1 medium beet)
1/2 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used homemade almond milk)
1/4 cup water (or additional non-dairy milk)
1 (1/4-inch thick) slice of peeled ginger root
1 teaspoon raw maca powder (optional)
Pinch of sea salt
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender (I use my Vita Mix) and blend on high until creamy and smooth. Serve right away.
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