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Ultimate Reds Smoothie | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Aug. 9. 2016
Beverages

Ultimate Reds Smoothie

Aug. 9. 2016
Beverages
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN, Dietitian

Today I’m starting a new smoothie series where I’ll uncover the best of the best antioxidants spanning each color in the rainbow. I’ll share recipes formulas that you can easily adapt, and I’ll explain the nutrition and health benefits of having these smoothies on a weekly basis. Smoothies are one of the simplest ways to increase your nutrient density in a small yet filling volume and that’s easy on your digestive system. First up in the rainbow smoothie series is the Ultimate Reds Smoothie loaded with my favorite picks for red whole foods. The result is a delicious red smoothie rich in antioxidants like lycopene and anthocyanins for improved circulation, heart health, and digestive health. Purposeful + tasty, read on for more!

Drink your reds!

Whole foods that are naturally red in color are loaded with antioxidants, but most notably lycopene (a carotenoid) and anthocyanins. Lycopene is most famously associated with tomatoes, but did you know it’s present in the following red whole foods too? Lycopene has been studied and shown to help fight a variety of cancers (1), help improve circulation, decrease high blood pressure (2), reduce cholesterol (3), reduces cardiovascular risk (4), and reduction in metabolism syndrome (5). But why are antioxidants important? Think of antioxidants as being the protectors our bodies need and added bonus, they’re abundant in the whole foods we eat. We’ve chatted about antioxidants a lot here on NS, but in a nutshell our bodies need antioxidants to fight off free radicals. Free radicals can damage our healthy cells causing oxidative stress, which may cause harm to our hormones, blood vessels, proteins, lipids, and genetic code; causing cancer, inflammation, pain, degenerative diseases, heart disease, and aging itself.

Reds that you can incorporate into your weekly smoothie sessions:

  • Beets
  • Tomato varieties
  • Blood orange
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Goji berries
  • Dates
  • Red bell peppers
  • Red apples
  • Pink grapefruit
  • Cranberry
  • Cherry
  • Açaí
  • Watermelon
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb
  • Kidney and red beans

 

Ultimate Reds Smoothie
Recipe Type: smoothie
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 1
A delicious red smoothie rich in antioxidants like lycopene and anthocyanins for improved circulation, heart health, and digestive health.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen cherries
  • 1 small red beet, peeled and raw (or you may use roasted/steamed)
  • 2 tablespoon goji berries
  • 1/4 inch ginger root, peeled
  • Juice of 1 lemon
Instructions
  1. In a high speed blender, blend all ingredients together until smooth. Add ice to the blender and blend or you can serve over ice in a glass. Enjoy immediately.

Enjoy this one you guys and stay tuned for many more in this series so that you can rotate different smoothies throughout the week to increase your nutrient density and variety. Let me know how you like this recipe in the comments or if you have questions. It also helps when you rate the recipe when you try it so I can improve them for you. Be sure to snap a picture when you make it at home share it on Instagram with #nutritionstripped so I can see!

xx McKel

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Resources: 

(1) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15006906

(2) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26471075

(3) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25837214

(4) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25469376

(5) http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26857614

The Recipe

Serves 1

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Ingredients:

    • 1 cup coconut water

 

    • 1 cup almond milk

 

    • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries

 

    • 1/2 cup frozen cherries

 

    • 1 small red beet, peeled and raw (or you may use roasted/steamed)

 

    • 2 tablespoon goji berries

 

    • 1/4 inch ginger root, peeled

 

    • Juice of 1 lemon

 

Directions:

 

    1. In a high speed blender, blend all ingredients together until smooth. Add ice to the blender and blend or you can serve over ice in a glass. Enjoy immediately.

 

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  • Terri

    Hi Mckel two questions. Is this one serve? And should the beetroot be raw or cooked. Thanks

    • McKel Hill

      Yes 1 serving! You can use either raw or roasted beets!

  • Rebeca

    Love the sound of this! I bet the ginger adds a nice touch. Looking forward to the rest of this series!

    • McKel Hill

      It’s delicious, hope you enjoy it Rebeca! xx M

      • Rebeca

        I made it this morning and loved it! I did add a bit more ginger because I’m crazy about it. Will add it to my rotation!

        • McKel Hill

          So glad you enjoyed it!

  • Alex

    I make the stripped green smoothie all the time! At least once or twice a week. Ran out to my mom’s garden this morning to collect some kale and parsley and realized I DID have a beet. A cute little beet. In lieu of the good news, I decided to make the Ultimate Reds Smoothie.

    I think it’s delicious! I might add more ginger the next time because I really taste more beet and lemon juice and I personally love ginger but overall, I think it’s a great smoothie.

    Caveat: I didn’t have goji berries on hand, so I used raisins instead. My blender isn’t terribly powerful and sadly the raisins wouldn’t blend. I guess they’re a little chewy fiber supplement at the end of my smoothies!

    Thanks again, McKel–I love your recipes.

  • Maureen Sutherland Weiser

    Hi McKel,

    This looks totally amazing! Do you blend the goji berries into the smoothie or sprinkle them on top?

    Thanks!
    Maureen