There’s no quicker way to create a superfood masterpiece than pulling out the blender and making a morning smoothie! While “superfood” is not an official food label, the idea that certain ingredients are nutritionally more sound than others is completely legit. When you combine superfoods together, you get a quick blast of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other nutrients.
However, a superfood is only super if you can afford it AND find it. It’s a big bummer when you discover an incredible recipe only to realize that it relies on specialty foods that cost more than your monthly gym fees or require spending time driving from store to store searching for ingredients.
If you want a superfood smoothie recipe you can whip up using economical and easy-to-find items, then the Beet & Berry Smoothie recipe below is for you!
This Yummy Drink is Full of Powerful Ingredients…
During the 2012 Olympics, it was said that beet juice was flowing freely through Olympic Village. According to Team USA, Triathletes and other endurance athletes sing the praises of the brightly colored root veggie. Beets are full of nitrates which provide supplemental oxygen for your body as they work their way through your system. Beets help improve circulation and brain function. So, if you want to improve agility and reaction time in any sport, try beets! They are also a good source of folate, potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium and more.
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While Greek yogurt provides probiotics, it also boasts twice the amount of protein found in regular yogurt. Your body relies on protein for cellular repair and function. Adding a tablespoon of chia seeds provides even more protein. In addition, both Greek yogurt and chia seeds are rich in calcium. As an added bonus chia seeds have antioxidants and Omega 3 Fatty Acids to keep brain and body operating smoothly.
Strawberries pack a vibrant punch of Vitamin C, but also provide antioxidants, boost immunity and add natural sweetness to your drink. Likewise, blueberries provide antioxidants and bright flavor. But what sets them apart is the amount of antioxidants they render via the phytonutrients. Phytonutrients improve cellular communication and function. According to Superfoods Rx, the phytonutrients in blueberries “provide as much antioxidant protection to the body as 1,733 IU of vitamin E and more than 1200 milligrams of vitamin C.”
Frozen spinach adds iron to your smoothie without ruining the taste or texture. Spinach is easier for many people to digest than its leafy sister kale. It’s also a top source of calcium and Vitamin K and is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin A.
Make the Beet & Berry Smoothie!
Place in a blender:
– 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
Add a little at a time:
– ½ cup beets (roasted, canned, raw, steamed, etc. any type is fine)
– 1 cup frozen strawberries
– ½ cup frozen blueberries
– 1 cup frozen spinach
– Coconut sugar to taste