As mentioned on my Instagram photo, this is my best recipe yet. It contains no dairy (not even almond / soy milk) and is PACKED with superfruit. If you would like to check out previous smoothie (or slushie) recipes, then click here.
Not exactly sure what superfruit is? Here’s the short of it: A superfruit is any fruit offering value beyond basic nutrition. One that is super charged with anti-oxidants, fibre, vitamins and minerals that can help you live longer, look better and even prevent disease.
Today I have included 5 superfruits in my smoothie – blueberries, raspberries, cherries, pomegranates and cranberries.
The amount of ingredients below make about 500ml (maybe a bit more) and makes a nice thick smoothie. Feel free to add more ice (and less juice / coconut water) to make a delicious slushie-smoothie. This smoothie tastes awesome – it is sweet & hearty, plus the flaked almonds and dried cherries add a bit of chewiness.
♥ 50g Blueberries
♥ 70 g Raspberries
♥ 1 Banana
♥ 1 Cup Grapes (fresh or frozen)
♥ 1/2 (half) Cup Coconut Water
♥ 1/2 (half) Cup Pomegranate Juice (preferably fresh)
♥ 1 Tablespoon Cranberries (dried or fresh)
♥ 1 Tablespoon Cherries (dried or fresh)
♥ 1 Tablespoon Flaked Almonds
♥ 1 Tablespoon Psyllium Husk
♥ 1/2 (half) Tablespoon Honey
♥ 1 Cup Ice
♥ Squeeze of Lemon
Add all the ingredients to your blender. I usually add the ice cubes last as the weight of these push everything downwards towards the blades. Plus, you might damage the motor of your blender if you start with the ice cubes at the bottom. Whizz the ingredients together for about 20 seconds and pour into your favourite glass / jar.
Beauty & Health Facts:
The health benefits of the ingredients (especially superfruit) are never-ending. So to keep it short(ish), I will limit the facts to more beauty-related benefits (since this is a beauty blog).
♥ Raspberries are very high in antioxidants which combat free radicals & slow down aging by reducing oxidative damage to cells.
♥ Blueberries are at the top of the superfruit list because they are high in antioxidants and Vitamin K (Vit K plays a role in maintaining the skin elasticity). The antioxidants in blueberries protect you from premature aging.
♥ Pomegranates help in the regeneration of cells in the epidermal and dermal layers of the skin thus slowing down the aging process & preventing hyper pigmentation and dark spots.
♥ Grapes are loaded with phytochemicals and phytonutrients which possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to protect against sunburns. The antioxidants present in grapes, along with vitamin C, protect the skin from the harmful effects of free radicals, and reverse the appearance of wrinkles and dark spots. Certain organic acids that are present in grapes facilitate the rejuvenation of skin cells. Grapes contain vitamin C which is necessary for collagen formation. The natural anti-oxidants in grapes also encourage hair growth because they increase blood circulation in the scalp.
♥ Bananas are rich in Vitamins A, B & E thus it works as an anti-aging agent.
♥ Cranberries regenerate, moisturise and brighten the skin. Cranberries contain anti-oxidants that are also effective in treating wrinkles, pigmentation and redness primarily caused by free radicals in the environment.
♥ Cherries are endowed with the highest level of anti-oxidants, this means they help to slow down the aging process. Cherries also provide nourishment to the hair.
♥ Coconut water contains cytokines and lauric acid, 2 important elements which are used in the process of cell growth & regulation. It has significant anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic and anti-thrombotic properties which helps to minimise aging, balances PH levels and keeps connective tissue hydrated. Coconut water deals with hair loss issues by improving blood circulation in the scalp, strengthening hair follicles and increasing the density of the hair strand.
♥ Honey rejuvenates skin plus is great for your immune system (these are only 2 of many health benefits).
♥ Lemon juice works as a skin cleanser because it has astringent properties (it cleanses internally).
♥ Almonds contain Vitamin E which helps nourish the skin and protect it from the sun’s damaging UV rays.
♥ Psyllium Husk is an all-natural fiber product that will keep your body regular (you don’t have to add this to your smoothie though). It doesn’t add any taste to the smoothie, don’t worry. I bought my bag at Dischem.
I have been looking all over for mangoes but have not seen them anywhere as yet. I am dying to make a tropical fruit smoothie…I guess I’ll just have to wait a bit longer.
Next week I’ll be doing a Christmas inspires smoothie or slushie (I haven’t decided which one yet) but it will definitely have a Christmas twist.