Berries, berries everywhere. These vitamin-packed natural foods are ultra nutritious. It is important to eat plenty of them on a regular basis. In fact, consuming a smoothie for breakfast or as a snack is a great nutrient boost and will stave off hunger.
Strawberries contain almost as much vitamin C as you will find in a cup of orange juice (over 100 mg). Since this smoothie recipe includes both strawberries and orange juice, you will be getting plenty of this immune boosting nutrient. They are also low in calories and contain magnesium, calcium, folate and potassium.
Blueberries contain the highest antioxidant content of all fruits. It is rich in vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper, zinc, selenium, iron and anthocyanin. All of this antioxidant power will help to boost your immune system and aid in keeping you in good health.
Raspberries are rich in vitamin C, iron, folate, and potassium. They are also rich in insoluble fiber and the soluble fiber pectin. They are a good source of ellagic acid and contain antioxidants that are protective against cancer.
Orange juice is well known for its vitamin C content but also contains phytochemicals that are health promoting.
Here is a simple recipe for a super nutritious berry smoothie.
½ cup fresh or frozen organic blueberries
½ cup fresh or frozen organic strawberries
½ cup fresh or frozen organic raspberries
1 ½ cups fresh or pre-made orange juice
Blend all of the ingredients together in a powerful blender until smooth. For a frostier type of smoothie, use frozen fruits.
An antioxidant powerhouse, this smoothie is refreshing and delicious as well.