You’ve heard of green smoothies. Green is a nice, healthy color. But so is purple!
I have two delicious, vibrantly purple smoothies to share with you. First up is…
1) Red Cabbage and Blueberry Smoothie
To be honest, I wasn’t expecting this recipe to actually see the light of day. I ran out of greens so I decided to use what I had on hand to make my morning “green” smoothie. What I had on hand was a head of purple cabbage.
I blended it up with some blueberries, bananas, and soaked chia seeds, and my taste buds were surprised! I liked it!
And who couldn’t
like love that vivid purple color! It matched my flowering tree beautifully!
Use fresh blueberries if they are in season, otherwise frozen is fine. I prefer to get frozen wild blueberries as they have a greater antioxidant content and more vitamins and minerals.
Red cabbage is a great source of vitamin A (as beta-carotene), C and K. It is also loaded with iron and manganese.
A great reason to add cabbage to your smoothies instead of cooking it is that raw cabbage has shown greater cancer-protective benefits in studies over cabbage that has been thoroughly cooked.
- 2 cups red cabbage, chopped
- 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 2 medium bananas, peeled
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds, soaked for about 10 minutes
- 8 ounces of filtered water
Directions: Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 410 | Fat: 4g | Protein: 7g | Carbohydrates: 97g | Calcium: 18% RDA | Iron: 3.6mg | Vitamin A: 107% RDA | Vitamin C: 195% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of vitamin B1 – vitamin B6, vitamin K, copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)
2) Grapefruit and Red Cabbage Smoothie Recipe
Here’s another smoothie recipe rocking a deep, intense shade of purple. The flavor of grapefruit and banana mask any cabbage taste.
This is a great smoothie for losing weight or cleansing because grapefruit ranks among the top detox fruits. It’s also been extensively studied for its effects on weight loss.
Purple cabbage may also help lower cholesterol, support cardiovascular health, and protect against certain cancers due to its extremely high anthocyanin polyphenol content.
This particular recipe might not be for everyone. If you love grapefruit, you’ll probably enjoy this creation. If you are not a fan of grapefruit, try this recipe with orange or even mango instead.
Grapefruits contain compounds that interfere with certain medications such as statin drugs like Lipitor and Zocor. If you are on any medications, please consult with your doctor or pharmacist before consuming grapefruit.
- 1 grapefruit, peeled and deseeded
- 1 cup red cabbage, chopped/shredded
- 1 banana, peeled
- 8 ounces of filtered water
Nutrition Information: Calories: 235 | Fat: 0g | Protein: 4g | Carbohydrates: 59g | Calcium: 8% RDA | Iron: 1.2mg | Vitamin A: 130% RDA | Vitamin C: 153% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of vitamin B6, vitamin K, copper, manganese, phosphorus and potassium.
Serving Size: One.
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