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BLACKBERRY VANILLA GREEN SMOOTHIE RECIPE
This blackberry vanilla green smoothie by my friend LeAnne of Healthful Pursuit is a sweet and delicious treat that you will LOVE!
Blackberries are often overlooked when people think of their favorite berry, however the memories of purple stained fingers and blackberry pie as children are often recollected when we ask an older generation the favorite berry question.
The benefits are numerous: Each 1 cup serving of blackberries gives you 6 grams of usable carbs and 8 grams fiber, the best carb to fiber ratio of any other berry!!
The pumpkin seed (for a nut free version) or other nut butter as well as protein powder makes this a high protein smoothie that is satiating for breakfast or a perfect post workout green smoothie.
Hate blackberry seeds? Don’t worry it’s easy to pulverize those tiny seeds in a Blendtec or Vitamix high powered blender.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
- 2 cups organic spinach
- 1 cup blackberries fresh or frozen
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoon raw pumpkin seed butter nut free OR nut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 15 g/half scoop of vanilla protein powder OR 1 egg white protein
- 1 cup ice
- Place all ingredients into the blender in the order listed and secure lid.
- Blendtec: Press the SMOOTHIE button.
- Vitamix: Select VARIABLE speed #1. Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to VARIABLE speed #10, then to HIGH. Blend for 45 seconds or until desired consistency is reached. Serve immediately.
- All done! Enjoy!! Now take a photo, rate it, and share your accomplishments! 🙂 Tag @BlenderBabes & #BlenderBabes
HEALTH BENEFITS OF BLACKBERRIES
Most people know that blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries are naturally abundant in antioxidants, nutrients that can neutralize excess free radicals in the body, thereby offering protection against premature disease.
But few seem to realize that blackberries trump all other common berries in antioxidant content.
Per 100 gram serving, blueberries contain 2.68 mmoles of antioxidants. Strawberries come in at 3.58 mmoles. And raspberries provide 2.86 mmoles of antioxidants per 100 gram serving.
Blackberries come in at an average of 5.75 mmoles per 100 gram serving. That’s more than double the antioxidant content of blueberries and raspberries. (Source: Dr. Ben Kim)