Purple SmoothieDid you know that foods that are naturally purple (like blueberries or acai berries) are exceptionally high in antioxidants are therefore are super good for you? It’s true. Back in 2010 when I first began my weight loss journey, before I discovered juicing, I would have a purple smoothie every morning with a slice of cinnamon raisin Ezekiel bread. It is such a good breakfast. In fact I may just have to start doing it again.

Blend all of the ingredients below in a magic bullet or whatever blender system you have. I specify the Sambazon variety of acai berry juice because this is the brand they carry at Costco – it’s 2 bottles for $10, whereas one bottle will run you around $7 at Whole Foods. I also get all my frozen berries at Costco. Usually I buy one of their huge bags of frozen strawberries and either frozen blackberries or whatever berry blend they have available. It lasts for weeks and is such a good bang for your buck. As far as bananas go, the more ripe the better. If you like your smoothies extra thick and cold you can freeze the bananas once they’re ripe and add them to  your smoothie that way. At the end of the day, it’s your smoothie, so put in whatever you like – I’d love to hear your variations!

The Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 cup Sambazon acai berry juice
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 fresh or frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen blackberries or blueberries
  • 1 large frozen strawberry
  • 1 generous squeeze of honey
  • 1 tbsp fresh ground flaxseed
  • pinch of old fashioned rolled oats
  • dash of vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Greek yogurt (optional)

Now I am not an advocate of protein powders and the like because at the end of the day they are super processed products that your body will have trouble digesting. However, if you must, this smoothie will be a perfect vehicle for that or any kind of powdered or liquid supplement you take.


Little Sis February 19, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Yum! We always have ours with a slice of Ezekial bread too! And the berries are exceptionally good at covering up any kale a desperate Mom might want to slip in. 😉

The Starving Artist February 19, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Amen, sis!

throve February 19, 2013 - 1:49 pm

I never thought to put frozen bananas into a smoothie. I have always reserved them for baking. I don’t know why now I have never thought to do this. Thank you. I haven’t had a smoothie in ages. I have only been juicing. Time for a change up. I have frozen blueberries, strawberries and bananas.
I miss Costco. They haven’t arrived in New Zealand yet. They only made it as far as Australia.

The Starving Artist February 19, 2013 - 9:57 pm

Omg the frozen banana will change everything for you – let me know how you like it!

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