Berries are recognized as some of the most powerful superfoods in the plant kingdom. They're rich in disease-fighting antioxidants, they're heart-healthy, and they're considered to be vital foods in anti-aging medicine. On top of that, they’re delicious.
This gluten-free, dairy-free antioxidant berry banana smoothie makes a great breakfast in warm weather, or a yummy pick-me-up in midmorning or mid-afternoon.
- 1 cup coconut water (unsweetened, organic)
- 1 1/2 cups berries (mixed, organic)
- 1 banana (ripe, cut into chunks)
- Optional: 1 tablespoon protein powder
- Optional: 4 ice cubes
- Blend all ingredients in a blender on high speed until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
Tips, Variations and Other Information
- You can use strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries or any other favorite in this recipe.
- Invest in organic berries — or, at the very least, buy wild berries that have not been exposed to pesticides. Berries are particularly vulnerable to absorbing chemical pesticides.
- If you can't find fresh organic berries, it's fine to use frozen. Freezing doesn't detract from their nutrients. Or better yet, buy fresh organic berries while they're in season, then seal them in freezer-proof sealable bags and save them for the winter months. You'll never be without what you need to make a perfect smoothie.
- Antioxidants protect the body against free radicals, dangerous molecules that can lead to cancer, atherosclerosis and other conditions, as well as premature aging. Free radicals can develop from exposure to pollutants, and they can occur when your body breaks down sugars for energy. They can also result from taking some medicines.
- This recipe is dairy-free, but you can add yogurt or skim milk without detracting from the smoothie's antioxidant properties if you don't follow a dairy-free diet. You can also use nut milk.
- A little honey is a safe addition, as is unsweetened pomegranate juice. Adding liquid to the blender will thin out the berries a little, but it will allow them to move more freely in the blender. Add liquids a little at a time so you can monitor the smoothie for the consistency you like best. The ice will also thin the smoothie a little.
- Bananas offer a rich dose of potassium, and coconut water provides abundant electrolytes and glycogen, making this drink great for either a pre- or post-workout treat.
- You can use this smoothie as a meal replacement during a gentle, seasonal cleanse or a detoxification protocol. It provides plenty of energy if water and juices don’t quite do the trick for you, and it will help to control cravings if you get the munchies.