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5 Healthy Antioxidant Smoothie Recipies

There is something very therapeutic about mixing your own concoction of fruits and natural ingredients. The sharp, clean scent of fresh grapefruit or the heady fragrance of strawberries filling the kitchen with memories of hot summer days will give your spirits a lift even before you think about antioxidant properties. So what exactly are these antioxidants anyway?

Basically they are the natural properties found in all plant food ― but those properties are incredible. They are the warrior chemicals that fight and zap the bad guys, those free-radicals that invade us courtesy of pollution and bad food choices. This is why scientists are urging us to eat plenty of fruit and veg, because they now know for sure that these readily available food sources are far better at protecting us from cancer, heart disease and other life-threatening illnesses than any pills they can offer.

Some fruits and vegetables are more potent than others. In fact they are packed with phytonutrients which are the chemicals which protect the plant itself from ultra violet radiation and from insect attack. The great thing is that when we eat those plants we too benefit from these amazing properties. Think dark green, deep purple and blue, bright yellow and the orange and red of the setting sun. These are the main players. Let yourself be drawn to them because they are the super-foods, provided by nature to give protection.

Here are some great ideas to get you started on your healthy weekend:
**Pomegranate-Strawberry Smoothie**

Pomegranate is especially good for keeping the heart in good health and lowering cholesterol. Strawberries have great anti-ageing powers. They help skin maintain its elasticity

120 ml pomegranate juice

2-3 teaspoons raw honey

200 gm of strawberries (fresh or frozen)

3 heaped tablespoons of natural yogurt

4 ice cubes

• Whisk the pomegranate juice and honey in a small bowl to dissolve the honey completely.

• Combine the strawberries, yogurt, ice cubes and pomegranate mixture in a blender.

• Process for 1–2 minutes, or until thick and smooth.

**Grapefruit and Mango Smoothie**

Grapefruit is loaded with vitamin C and also contains vitamin A- it is great for lowering cholesterol and has anti-cancer properties. Mango helps digestion and boosts the immune system

½ grapefruit, seeded and peeled

1 mango, pitted

1 banana

4 cubes of ice

If you want to give this one an extra antioxidant boost just throw in a handful of baby spinach leaves – sounds like a strange mixture but it works

• Combine everything and blend until smooth
**Off the Wall**

All the benefits of antioxidants but also, when taken together they are a powerful detox cocktail

120 ml unsweetened carrot juice

200 grams blueberries

200 grams grated raw beetroot

200 grams grated apple

4 ice cubes

Juice of half a fresh lime

2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger

Dash of tabasco (optional)

• Combine everything and blend until smooth

**Blueberry, Banana and Crème Fraiche**

Blueberries are packed with antioxidants and reduce risks of cancer and heart disease by over 30%. Bananas are a superb source of tryptophan which converts to serotonin, the happy mood chemical.

200 gm blueberries (fresh or frozen)

1 banana

2-3 teaspoons honey

250 gm crème fraiche

150 ml milk

4 ice cubes

• Whisk crème fraiche and honey in a small bowl to dissolve the honey completely.

• Combine blueberries, banana, ice cubes, crème fraiche and honey mixture in a blender.

• Process until thick and smooth.

• Add milk a little at a time and process again until you get the right consistency.
**Health Burst**

Avocados and bananas are high in potassium and magnesium which is good for the metabolism, nerve and muscle function and the absorption of vitamin D. Blueberries, kale and spinach are simply super-foods.

½ avocado

½ banana

200 gram blueberries

½ cucumber

1 small handful kale or baby spinach leaves

Stevia or if you prefer – honey – to taste

• Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.
So there you are ― they are so easy to make! All you have to do is choose your path to antioxidant heaven and get blending. Pour your smoothie into a tall glass, relax and as you sip think of those armies of warriors working their socks off to protect you from the forces of toxicity.

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