Hey Friend! Are you looking for a tasty red smoothie that packs in the nutrition?
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In this article I share with you my favorite red smoothie and why it’s so good for you. It’s a delicious way I’m getting more fruits & vegetables in every day as I’m building abundant health.
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Red also packs a nutritious punch.
We hear a lot about green smoothies, and I love my favorite green smoothie recipe, but I like to balance my nutrition out with green’s opposite on the color wheel – red!
This Cherry-Berry-Citrus-Ginger red smoothie is so tasty I literally find it lip-smacking good. The bright flavor of lemon mixed with the tang of the cherry and berry make my mouth smile. There is a flowery hint from the tumeric and a kick from the ginger.
I will warn you, it’s not a mild, sweet smoothie. It will wake you up with its vibrant flavor.
But the thing I love most about my favorite red smoothie is how much goodness I’m getting inside me when I drink it. I’m building my immune system, helping lower inflammation in my body, and filling my body with powerful nutrients.
I crave my favorite red smoothie and make it most days, drinking 30 ounces throughout the day to get 4 servings of fruits and vegetables, along with a hearty dose of probiotics from kefir.
Abundant health for me includes getting in as many live fruits and vegetables as I can and this smoothie helps me reach that goal.
Getting maximum fruits and veggies each day is like a challenging game for me. I keep score and cheer myself on with each victory. I created a printable tally-sheet to keep me motivated and on track. You can get a printable copy of it below to help you keep track of your fruit and veggie intake and meet your goals too.
Why It’s So Good For You
I’ve studied the health benefits of eating more live fruits and vegetables and am convinced of their goodness. But in preparation for this article I brushed up on my knowledge and it was so satisfying to study again how healthful the foods in this smoothie are. If possible, it’s made me love my favorite red smoothie even more.
Here’s what I found in a quick search on the internet on the health benefits of each of the ingredients in my favorite red smoothie:
fiber, vitamin C, thiamine, folate, potassium to lower blood pressure, high in antioxidants, helps protect against heart disease, citric acid which prevents kidney stones, protects your cells from damage, helps your body make collagen which heals wounds, boosts your immune system, and lowers levels of stress hormone cortisol, and blood pressure, anti-inflammatory, calcium which keeps your bones, organs, and muscles strong 1
high in vitamin C which reduces risk of heart disease and stroke, helps absorb iron from other foods to combat anemia, cancer-fighting compounds such D-limonene found in lemon oil, fiber to help with digestion and blood sugar levels 2, boosts immune system, builds cardiovascular health, reduces kidney stones, work as an antimicrobial to kill pathogenic bacteria 3
antioxidant that eliminates free radicals in the body, decreases systemic inflammation, can have anti-anxiety effects 4, contains manganese, phosphorus, potassium, helps inflammation, cancer prevention, and treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and infections, could help in prevention, management, and treatment of cystic fibrosis and other cardiovascular and neurological diseases 5 , curcumin, and active ingredient in tumeric, kills certain cancer cells, anti-inflammatory compounds which can help type 2 diabetes, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, and cancer 6
vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, folate, riboflavin, and niacin, helps with digestion, reduce inflammation, cancer prevention 9, anti-bacterial and anti-virus qualities, soothes sore muscles, lowers cholesterol, antioxidant to prevent stress and damage to DNA, fights off chronic diseases like high blood pressure, heart disease, and promotes healthy aging 10, contains gingerol which is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, may improve brain function, protect against Alzheimer’s disease, and fight against infection 11
potent source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, slow down aging and ward off chronic illnesses including heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer;s, diabetes, and obesity 12, fiber, protein, vitamin A and C, lowers risk of heart disease and colon cancer, improves memory, lowers blood sugar levels, improves sleep duration and quality 13, good source of polyphenols, carotenoids, potassium, tryptophan, serotonin, and melatonin, consumptions of cherries decreased markers for oxidative stress in 8/10 studies; inflammation in 11/16; exercise-induced muscle soreness and loss of strength in 8/9; blood pressure in 57, arthritis in 5/5, and improved sleep in 4/4 studies 14
Raspberry, Blueberry, Blackberry, Strawberry
folate which helps reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer, and depression, manganese for helping metabolism, wound healing, and healthy bones, zinc and copper to build immune system, create red blood cells, and support energy production, vitamins A, C, K, and B2, anti-inflammatory, digestive aid, antioxidants which protect cells from free radicals, iron, the mineral boron, carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin to protect good vision, and help strengthen your liver 17, nitrates that may improve blood flow to brain and improve mental and cognitive function, especially the front lobe of the brain 18
healthy natural sweetener full of antioxidant that boosts immune system and prevents cell damage, antibacterial action, wound-healing effect, anti-inflammatory properties, many vitamins and minerals including: niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, zinc 19
My Favorite Red Smoothie Recipe
*all organic where possible
*add in blender in order given for easier blending
- 1 c. kefir or Greek yogurt
- 1 orange, peel cut off but leaving as much white as possible, cut into fourths
- 1 lemon, peel cut off except for a little strip left, cut into fourths
- 1-2 inch finger fresh tumeric root sliced
- Pinch or two of black pepper
- 1-2 inch finger fresh ginger root sliced (I don’t worry about peeling it)
- 1 c. frozen cherries
- 1 c. frozen mixed berries of blackberry, blueberry, raspberry, and strawberry
- 1 small or medium or half of a large roasted beet, as much to your taste (optional)
- 1-2 T. raw honey to taste
- Ice to liking
- Stevia or pure maple syrup to taste
Optional: I recently started throwing in a chunk of roasted beet with great results. I love beets so much I generally eat them by themselves or in salads rather than blended up in a smoothie. If you don’t like beets alone, this is a great way to get this nutrition power-house in.
- Place all ingredients except ice into a high power blender such as a Blendtech or Vitamix.
- Blend on smoothie setting twice for extra smooth texture.
- Add about 1-2 c. ice cubes to your liking and blend.
- Add a pinch of stevia or a drip of pure maple syrup if you like it sweeter to your taste.
This will make over 30 oz. so I have some to share with my kids or husband, whoever wants some that day.
Tip: I like to pour mine into a 30 oz. thermos-type cup (this is the one I’ve used for years) that will keep it cold all day long. I drink it through the day as I go about my life. It just comes with me wherever I go. This is one of my favorite and daily ways I get over 4 servings of fruits and vegetables in me.
Hey Friend! I hope you give my favorite red smoothie a try. When you do, leave a comment and tell what you think. I’d love to hear from you!
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