This week on More Good Day Oregon, I'm making a delicious and frosty Strawberry Superfood Smoothie.
Now, you might be wondering: what's so “superfood” about this smoothie? Doesn't it need to include kale AND broccoli AND blue-green algae to be a true superfood smoothie?
Well, not really. At least not in my book.
Sometimes we might feel like going all in on the superfood thing, and making a really intense smoothie. Or kale salad.
However, that's completely unnecessary for most people — at least meal, after meal — especially if you're just getting started with “clean” food and smoothies.
Because here's the thing: everyday foods such as strawberries have plenty of antioxidant power to help reduce cancer risk, and protect against other illnesses such as Parkinson's disease.
If you want to take a deeper dive on this topic, I highly recommend the Nutritionfacts.org website and the work of its founder, Dr. Michael Greger, author of the New York Times bestseller, How Not to Die. For example, check out Dr. Greger's video on strawberries vs. esophageal cancer, and the best berries.
The Strawberry Superfood Smoothie
Back to our smoothie — in addition to the strawberries, I've added chia seeds, which are high in fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids.
In addition, I've added a small amount of frozen beetroot — although you could always use fresh as well — for an extra boost of antioxidants and color. Beets have also been shown to help reduce blood pressure. This is a topic Dr. Greger covers in-depth in his book How Not to Die.
The smoothie also includes some freshly grated ginger root. Ginger is a powerful detoxifier, and it helps reduce inflammation in the body. It's also helpful for digestive support.
Last but not least — and this is completely optional — you might garnish the smoothie with some locally sourced bee pollen. It's a great energizer, and gives your smoothie an exotic flair.
When to Enjoy Your Smoothie
The Strawberry Superfood Smoothie would be wonderful for breakfast. Or, if you work out first thing in the morning, you could enjoy it as your post-workout meal.
A smaller serving of the smoothie — say, about 8 ounces — would make a great afternoon pick-me-up. So much better than reaching for an afternoon cup of coffee or a sugar fix.
Watch the Smoothie Video on More Good Day Oregon
The recipe's super easy, but sometimes it's easier if you see someone else make it first.
Just click below to check out my latest video as More Good Day Oregon's healthy living expert. Hope you enjoy it!