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Kale & Blackberry Smoothie

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Kale & Blackberry Smoothie

Recently I learned what a super food kale is!

On health.com, I read

"In addition to twice your recommended daily intake of vitamin A and seven times the recommended amount of vitamin K, a one-cup serving of kale provides 80.4 mg of vitamin C. The nutrition powerhouse also delivers a sizeable dose of minerals and fatty acids."

Kale has more vitamin C than an orange! 

After learning this new information, I decided to try out a smoothie with kale as the main ingredient. Check out the recipe below!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped kale
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 2 TBSP chia seeds

 

Have you ever tried kale in a smoothie? If so, what is your favorite smoothie recipe with kale?! Leave me a comment :)

 

xo Kaitlyn

Antioxidant Smoothie

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Have you read my post about the AMAZING benefits of antioxidants?!

If you're up for learning something new that can help you have bright and glowing skin, fight off diseases, and even prevent cancer, I highly suggest reading it!

But if you're just here for the smoothie recipe, keep on scrolling! :)

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So what makes this an antioxidant smoothie?

Blueberries: The main source of antioxidants in this smoothie, blueberries are actually one of the top 10 antioxidant rich foods you can eat!

Pomegranate: Not as high in antioxidants as blueberries, but still a great source to combat free radicals that are causing wrinkles and signs of aging!

Black Chia Seeds: These tiny seeds actually possess more antioxidant activity than blueberries! Not sure if you like chia seeds? Try mixing them into the smoothie as opposed to using them as a topping. You won't even be able to taste them!

Mango: This fruit falls low on the antioxidant scale, but I included it because it is one of my favorite fruits! It also gives the smoothie natural sweetness. If you aren't a mango fanatic like I am, try substituting it with a banana or peach!

 

 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup blueberries

1/2 cup frozen mango chunks

1/2 cup pomegranate

1/2 cup milk (I use coconut milk because it is dairy free, low in calories, and makes my smoothie taste like a tropical drink!)

1/4 cup chia seeds (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS

 

Wash your fresh fruit with an all natural fruit and veggie wash. I use Green Melody All Mineral Fruit & Veggie Wash. 

Next, measure out your ingredients and add them all into your blender. If you want to use chia seeds, they can either be added in and blended or used as a topping. 

Blend all ingredients until smooth.

Add fresh fruit or seeds as toppings.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

How to Make a Collagen + Vitamin C Smoothie

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I recently did a post on collagen and how supplementing with this protein daily can improve your skin's elasticity, decrease achy bones and joints, help you to lose weight, and give you healthy, shiny hair.

 

Now in this post I will explain the role of Vitamin C in collagen production AND give you my collagen + vitamin C smoothie recipe!

 

 

Vitamin C has been linked to having a role in collagen synthesis, but the exact mechanism has not been proven. The possible relationship is why it is suggested to dissolve your collagen powder in orange juice (a form on vitamin C). I read an article recently that even though most people think of oranges as the best form of Vitamin C, there are many more foods out there that contain much more of this vitamin. In fact, this article from health.com describes 12 foods with more vitamin C than oranges!

 

These foods include:

 Image from  health.com

Image from health.com

  • Chili peppers 
  • Red bell peppers
  • Green bell peppers
  • Kale
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya
  • Strawberries
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Pineapple
  • Kiwi
  • Mango

 

 

Since not all of these super-Vitamin C foods would go very well in a smoothie (brussel sprout smoothie? No, thanks!) I picked a couple of my favorites to try out for my collagen + vitamin C smoothie. The fun thing about smoothies is there seems to be an endless amount of recipes! So if you perhaps don't like what I chose for mine, you can always sub something out :) And topping your smoothie with ingredients like chia seeds, flaxseed, and freshly cut fruit adds even more health benefits (and always makes for a nice picture!)

 

 COLLAGEN + VITAMIN C STRAWBERRY MANGO SMOOTHIE BOWL

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup freshly sliced strawberries (save a few for topping)
  • 1 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1 cup nonfat greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop collagen
  • Chia seeds (optional)
  • Flax seeds (optional)

 

 

Directions

Blend strawberries, mango chunks, and greek yogurt in blender or NutriBullet until smooth. Once smooth, add in 1 scoop of collagen powder. Blend until powder is thoroughly mixed.  Drink immediately, or add to a bowl to top with additional fresh fruit, chia seeds, and flax seeds. Enjoy!

 

What do you think about adding collagen to smoothies? Do you have any other healthy ingredients that you add to your smoothies that I am missing out on? Leave a comment below!