Give your smoothie a viscous boost of ruby red goodness with these our natural DIY antioxidant berry cubes you can make at home.
Last week, I shared my Vitamin C Smoothie Cubes. A TON of you went wild over them and it made my day! Now, I want to build upon this hack and help you boost your smoothies with homemade smoothie cubes using antioxidant foods that are plant-based. These are going to be our “Forever Young Smoothie Cubes.”
Some of the most vibrant of fruits and vegetables are ruby-hued beets, pomegranates, cranberries, strawberries, and cherries. Their beautiful colors come from being rich in antioxidants, which are vital to us aging more gracefully. (and I need all the help I can get right now!)
Do antioxidants help our body?
Absolutely! Antioxidants help protect against disease and illness by counteracting or protecting cells from damage done by free radicals. Free radicals are the toxic by-products of oxidation and damage healthy, living cells by creating “oxidative stress.”
Did you know that bright, jewel-toned fruits and vegetables are high in the antioxidant, anthocyanin. This antioxidant gives these foods their gorgeous color and may help improve eyesight, reduce inflammation, prevent certain cancers, lower blood pressure, and protect the liver.
The National Cancer Institute estimates that 95% of adults don’t consume enough red and orange vegetables. That’s pretty much ALL OF US! Let’s change that statistic right now! The addition of even just one red fruit or veggie into your day is beneficial.
With that said, these Antioxidant Berry Smoothie Cubes can help you do just that – blend everything up and freeze the concentrate to add to your daily smoothie.
Antioxidant Powerhouse: Beets
Beets are a little different than their anthocyanin counterparts. They contain betalain, the phytonutrient (phyto = plant), that fights disease and inflammation.
Betalain has been shown to be a powerful Phase to detoxifier in the body. It hooks onto toxins and makes it possible for your body to flush them out.
In addition to folate, beets contain iron, potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins B6 and C. The fiber in beets has been shown to be extra beneficial for health.