BY Ceres Organics
Ready in 10 minutes | Serves 2
Firstly, what are antioxidants and why would you want to drink a smoothie full of them? In short, antioxidants are your first line of defense against free radicals that can damage your cells. Scientists are not sure yet exactly how dietary antioxidants affect diseases, but eating loads of antioxidant-rich fruit, vegetables and grains would probably be a good idea.
Want to increase your antioxidant intake? Eat organic foods. Research from Newcastle University found that there were “statistically significant, meaningful” differences with a range of antioxidants being substantially higher, somewhere between 19% and 69%, in organic food versus conventional food. This smoothie is packed with goodness, read on to find out more.
You’ve probably heard bananas are a good source of potassium, they are. Bananas are also a good source of fibre, with each banana containing about 3 grams of this valuable nutrient. Bananas also have a low glycemic index, because they are slow release sugars which help stabilise blood sugar levels. If you use frozen bananas in this smoothie, you’ll have an even thicker, creamier smoothie.
Red cabbage is loaded with anthocyanins, an effective antioxidant found commonly in blue, purple and red plants. There are at least 36 different variations of anthocyanins that have been found in red cabbage by scientists. Surprisingly enough, having said that, even though bananas are yellow, research has found that they are a great source of anthocyanins.
Blueberries are one of the richest sources of proanthocyanidins, which are phytonutrients with a unique ability to protect both the watery and fatty parts of the brain against damage from some environmental toxins. These phytonutrients are said to decrease free radical levels that are linked to aging (yes, that includes wrinkles!) and disease.
Time to get blending. This makes enough for two so you and a friend can power up on antioxidants.
¼ head small purple cabbage
2 ripe bananas (peeled, cut and frozen)
2 cups frozen blueberries
1½ cups Organic Coconut Water
Add all ingredients to a blender and process on high, until thick and creamy. You could add a handful of ice cubes, if you’re not using a frozen banana.