Blackberry Banana Antioxidant Smoothie

Mmm, this Blackberry Banana Antioxidant Smoothie is simply amazing, and it’s incredibly easy to make. But first, here’s a little bit of a backstory behind the creation of this recipe. 

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to increase the amount of antioxidants I consume on a regular basis. As a vegan, I always assumed I was getting enough antioxidants in the food I consume. However, I’ve started showing symptoms of high oxidative stress (from exposure to free radicals, I assume) and I’m working to reduce these symptoms through diet and supplements (and hopefully eliminate them completely!). I’m hoping that an increase in antioxidant-rich foods and supplements will help to expedite the healing process. 

As part of my increase in consuming antioxidant-rich foods, I’ve been drinking more green tea and eating more fruit, especially berries. While I enjoy eating berries on their own, I also love tossing them in smoothies to create the perfect blend of berry goodness. Plus, berries contain higher levels of antioxidants than any other fruit, in addition to other nutritional benefits like Vitamin C, flavanols, fiber, ellagic acid, quercetin, rutin, gallic acid, and more. If you’re looking for an easy and delicious way to include more antioxidants in your diet, this Blackberry Banana Antioxidant Smoothie is the perfect solution. 

Just a few notes and tips for making this Blackberry Banana Antioxidant Smoothie:

  • I used almond milk to make this smoothie, but any non-dairy milk would work. 
  • I used a frozen banana and fresh blackberries to make this recipe, but fresh or frozen fruits would work well. However, I recommend using at least half frozen fruit to ensure that your smoothie has a delicious, frothy texture. Otherwise, the smoothie will be thinner and warmer (but maybe that’s more your thing anyway!). Plus, you could always chill it before drinking it if you prefer! 
  • I used Naturade VeganSmart All-In-One Nutritional protein powder in this recipe, but any plant-based vanilla protein powder would also work.
  • If you don’t have flax meal on hand, you could use chia seeds or hemp seeds instead. However, I recommend including some sort of healthy fat to help stabilize blood sugar. 

How To Make This Blackberry Banana Antioxidant Smoothie

Blackberry Banana Antioxidant Smoothie

 

I sure hope you love this recipe as much as I do! If you try it, we’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback, or any modifications you made. 

Not a huge fan of berry smoothies? No worries! Try this Pineapple Banana Smoothie instead! 

Alex Beane

Alex is a freelance writer who holds a BA in Professional and Creative Writing. She has a strong interest in veganism, holistic health, and emotional and physical wellbeing. When she isn’t reading and writing about health and wellness, Alex is trying new plant based recipes in the kitchen or can be found volunteering with a Minneapolis-based animal rights organization or local rabbit rescue. Find Alex on LinkedIn or view her writing portfolio.