What a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! To top it off, we have a nice, short week ahead of us and before we know it, it’s going to be the weekend again
I don’t know about elsewhere, but here in Dallas it was pretty toasty this past weekend with temperatures up into the 90s every day. Thank goodness there’s been a nice breeze–and finally some rain–to cool us off a bit. In order to help stay cool, I enjoyed a bunch of frozen treats over the long Memorial Day weekend. I made a couple of batches of my all-natural chocolatey fudgesicles and I also enjoyed this beautiful Antioxidant Smoothie as a snack. After making–and loving–this smoothie the first time, I made it again, and again, and….you get the picture.
I just couldn’t get enough of this smoothie! There was just something so amazing about the mix of tart and sweet flavors that made this smoothie so satiating. Not to mention, I just love the rich, purple color!
If we only appreciate this deep purple hue for its beauty, though, we would be selling this smoothie short. The darker color attributed to the blueberries and grapes are also an indication of some seriously beneficial antioxidants. There are many veggies, fruits, grains and spices that sport a darker blue, purple, or red hue and, as a general rule, the darker the color, the more anthocyanins the food possesses. Not only are anthocyanins responsible for these appealing pigments, they and are also believed to have strong anti-inflammatory properties and research has shown that anthocyanins may also provide protection against cancer. Because antioxidants help to combat the free radicals that can cause damage to cellular structures and DNA, consuming higher amounts of antioxidants can be greatly beneficial during the hot Summer months when spending time outdoors and in the direct sunlight is unavoidable. Blueberries in particular are ranked one of the highest among all fruits and veggies for their antioxidant capacities. Grapes are equally stellar due to their wealth of antioxidant nutrients. In fact, grapes contain hundreds of different antioxidant nutrients! Source
I will certainly be making this smoothie on a regular basis this Summer to help keep cool and to protect my body from the damage that can result from the Sun’s harmful rays. Plus, I just can’t help but love how beautiful and tasty this smoothie is! I hope you enjoy it, too!
- 1 cup frozen grapes
- 1 large banana, cut into chunks and frozen
- ½ cup frozen blueberries
- ½-1 cup almond milk
- ½ lemon, juiced
- Place all of the ingredients into a high-speed blender. Begin with just a ½ cup of almond milk and add more if the smoothie is too dense or it’s having trouble blending.
- Serve and enjoy!