ACAI and Red Cabbage Cancer Fighting Smoothie

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This Red Cabbage Acai Cancer Fighting smoothie is a personal favorite of Blender Babes AND all of our friends.  Like the popular cabbage patch kid from the 80s, this smoothie is MADE for kids!  It’s a perfect (and TASTELESS) way to sneak in a really powerful ingredient that many children AND adults DO NOT eat enough of – cabbage!  Cabbage is the 3rd BEST FOOD for helping to prevent cancer.  Dr. Weil thinks there’s no limit to how much we can eat cabbage.  This cancer fighting, super nutritious smoothie is perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or as a pre and post workout smoothie, and made easily in a high powered blender.

The slightly bitter flavor of purple/red cabbage is masked perfectly by antioxidant rich acai juice (we LOVE the Sambazon brand) & banana.  We used strawberries (stems on!) in our recipe, but feel free to replace with any berry in the fridge or freezer.  Same goes for yogurt.  We love blueberry yogurt with it, but strawberry and mixed berry are just as good.  For a dairy free smoothie, try soy or coconut yogurt or for a high protein boost, use a milk substitute such as almond milk or coconut milk with a scoop of plant based protein powder.

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RED Cabbage ACAI Cancer Fighting Smoothie
Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 28 oz/3.5 cups
  • 6 ounces acai juice
  • One 6-ounce container of berry yogurt (non fat)*
  • 1/2 cup red cabbage
  • 1 banana
  • 4 strawberries
  • 1 cup ice
  1. Add ingredients in order listed and blend
  2. Blendtec: Press SMOOTHIE button
  3. Vitamix: Select VARIABLE, speed #1. Turn on machine and quickly increase speed to #10; then to HIGH. Run until smooth.
*Use coconut or soy yogurt for a dairy free/vegan smoothie :)

Nutrition analysis based on using non-fat blueberry yogurt.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 16 oz/2 cups Calories: 167.5 Fat: 1.3g Trans fat: .0g Carbohydrates: 37.3g Sugar: 24.7 Sodium: 63mg Fiber: 3g Protein: 3.8

is a member of the cruciferous family, which is also populated by broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, and other vegetables whose leaves grow at right angles to each other, forming a cross (crucifer).  It is one of the oldest cultivated vegetables, enjoyed by the ancient Romans both as food and as a medicine to treat wounds, colic, and to prevent plague.  There are more than 400 varieties, which although differ somewhat in nutritional value, they all provide healthy levels of vitamin C and various phytonutrients, including flavonoids, indoles, and sulforaphone. The indoles in cabbage may help prevent breast cancer, and sulforaphane and incolde-3-carbinol have been shown to help the liver rid itself of toxins and to prevent cancer.

Acai has more antioxidants than any other fruit and it is one of the only berries that has naturally occuring Omega fatty acids in high doses. Acai direct from the Amazon has numerous health benefits, especially when it is included in your normal routine.

Acai berries can be used to make health drinks and energy drinks which are the most enjoyable way to consume the berries. You can also mix pure acai juice puree or concentrate with any of your favorite berry juice for a treat that is equally enjoyable. Not only does it improve your mental clarity, but similar to the energy you receive from caffeine; mixing guarana with acai fruit gives you energy. Many conditions are being treated and helped by using acai berries. This super food contains high levels of antioxidants, which help fight free radicals andprevent premature aging and also acai berries provide high levels of nutritional benefits. In addition to lowering cholesterol levels Acai berry juice also helps fight heart and vascular diseases because of the antioxidants found in it.  Acai fruit helps improve sexual function, digestion and can cleanse and detoxify your body in addition to fighting diseases.

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  1. Kim Poston says

    I used blueberry Greek yogurt and added a small handful each of spinach and kale just because I love greens!

  2. Heather Wilson says

    This is not my favorite, but not the worst smoothie I have ever had either. I really liked the Acai flavor, and thought it worked well and covered up the real cabbagy flavor. However, I don’t think I put it in the blender for long enough. The texture was a bit off for me.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      We once made this recipe with too much cabbage and had the same result. In this case, less is more! :) Just a little bit goes a long way and the red cabbage is a better cancer fighter than green. :) xoxo

  3. Rachael says

    I typically don’t like to have added sugar like in the yogurt but this smoothie was not super sweet so I think it gave it what it needed. My 3.5 y.o. Loved it! I used a sambazon smoothie pack and black cherry yogurt as modifications

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      Try adding more liquid and/or running it longer Amanda. I’ve made it the way you’re describing and it just needed a little help – it should be super smooth. :)

  4. Cindy Brenner says

    Didn’t have the Acai Juice so used Acai Powder in Coconut Water. Really Good. But lots of left over cabbage.

    • Blender BabesBlender Babes says

      You can make your favorite smoothie on Tuesday’s rest day, and use up more of that cabbage! You can also try adding a handful to any smoothie for extra punch. :) Or try making 1 jar of raw sauerkraut! HAPPY BLENDING!

  5. Lacey Rogers says

    This is refreshing, and amazingly filling. I love that you can see such a pretty color without a strange cabbage taste! This one was also a hit with my kids, a 2 and 3 year old!

  6. Peggi Billman says

    I wondered how good this could be with red cabbage. It was great! I think my favorite so far!

  7. Ashley says

    Never tried cabbage in my smoothies before but I will definitely use it now! Was so good my family made me make extras!

  8. Michelle Moore says

    Delicious!! never thought about using cabbage before. Will use it now in my smoothies!

  9. Lori says

    Liked it a lot but too sweet for me. I see Acai has 23 gr of sugar! Is it worth the antixidents for sll the sugar? And I used plain greek yogurt rather than flavored. Also, I heard that full fat dairy is healthier than non fat.

  10. Charlene says

    I tried this and really liked it. I’m having trouble with arthritis so I’m hoping this will help :)