Below are a special few of the star "super-foods". We recommend that these comprise the "fixed" ingredients in your smoothie. Feel free to mix and match other fruits along with these, and note that THESE are the powerful foods which will dramatically improve your health.
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|Fiber||Vit. A||Vit. C||Vit. E||Phytochemicals**|
** Phytochemicals are potent plant derived antioxidants, including carotenoids and flavonoids that are technically neither vitamins nor minerals. They provide dramatic health-enhancing effects and have been shown to protect against cancer, cardiovascular diseases, cataracts, and overall protection against chemical carcinogens. (*)
According to the FDA, one serving of blueberries contains as many antioxidants as five servings of apples, carrots, broccoli, or squash. Their studies rate blueberries number one in antioxidant activity compared with 40 other fruits and vegetables. (*)
The Citrus Family comprises the lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, and tangerine. One magnificent benefit of these fruits is that they naturally bring out the flavor of other foods. Beyond being an amazing source of Vitamin C these miraculous juicy orbs have unique phytonutrient properties not found in other fruits and offer fiber, calcium, and folic acid. Adding up to half a lemon (with the skin) to your smoothie will turn it into a sweet antioxidant rich surprise. (*)
Now synonymous with the health benefits of the "French Paradox", grapes are anti-aging and anti-cancer powerhouses that provide a host of flavonoids to protect you in over a dozen documented ways. (*)
Kiwis are a powerful source of Vitamins C, E, A (Beta Carotene), Fiber, and Potassium. They do what oranges and bananas wish they could; small and amazing they can put other fruits to shame. We recommend adding these to your smoothie with the skin on to get all the extra fiber they provide.
Spinach & Kale
Spinach and Kale contain at least 13 different flavonoid compounds and is a significant source of most primary ingredients in your daily multivitamin, including vitamins K, A, C, B12, B2, B6, calcium, potassium, manganese, folate, iron, and magnesium. They are also a valuable source of dietary fiber, protein, phosphorous, copper, zinc, and vitamin E. Additionally, they contains omega-3 fatty acids, niacin, and selenium. (*)
Chlorella & Spirulina
Chlorella and Spirulina are 70% protein by weight and have been dubbed to be among the healthiest substances in the world. They are vitamin and antioxidant rich and are a good source of vitamin B12 (*)
You Don't Need Multi-Vitamins!
By adding these super fruits and vegetables to your smoothie recipe you ensure you're getting the most vitamin and antioxidant bang for you buck. You are also making the need for a daily multivitamin unnecessary. Remember that nutrition FROM FOOD is far superior and the overall efficacy of daily multivitamins has still not been conclusively proven. (*)