Thursday, September 24, 2009

Mixed Berry Smoothie

When rereading “Eat For Health” last week I was reminded that we should be eating three servings of fruit each morning with breakfast. By eating three servings of fruit at breakfast you are getting a good start on the pound of fruit the doctor recommends you eat each day.

We don’t have a lot of time to eat breakfast in the morning at our house so smoothies are quick to make and to eat. I make many different variations of smoothies but this is one of the easiest and most nutritious.

The dark berries are high in anthocyanins, which are powerful disease fighters. According to the doctor that wrote “Anticancer” berries inhibit the growth of new blood vessels (angiogenesis) to cancerous tumors. Freshly ground flaxseed is included for omega 3 fatty acids, also shown to fight cancer by slowing tumor growth. Cinnamon is included to assist the body to process the natural sugar in the fruit. Ginger is included for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as for flavor.

Mixed Berry Smoothie
Serves 2


3 cups of frozen mixed berries, unsweetened (used blueberries, raspberries and Marion berries)
3 cups of almond milk, unsweetened
2 tablespoons flaxseeds, ground
½ teaspoon ginger powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon


Toss everything in the blender and process until smooth. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 246.14
Calories From Fat (34%) - 83.54

Total Fat - 9.35g
Saturated Fat - 0.47g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 231.38mg
Potassium - 461.32mg
Total Carbohydrates - 39.36g
Fiber - 10.12g
Sugar - 21.69g
Protein - 5.18g


We like this mixed berry smoothie and find it to be filling and very tasty. This smoothie and half a serving of green drink and we had breakfast packed with more nutrition than the majority of American’s get all day.

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