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Recipes for Life: Purvi’s Superfood Smoothie

Try this superfood smoothie recipe for an extra nutritional boost.

You’ve heard about superfoods and how they can help improve your health, but how do you work them into your diet?

How about a smoothie?

Registered Dietician Purvi Desai, with ADC’s Diabetes Management program, improvised this smoothie recipe using several different superfoods that she had in her kitchen. She included:

Blueberries

According to studies, blueberries can help fight aging, improve immunity, lower blood pressure and even help your memory. Why? They are packed with flavanoids called anthocyanins, which give them their blue color.

Blueberries are also a great source of vitamins and fiber, but low in calories.

Kale

This winter green is loaded with vitamins A, C and K and is a good source for minerals like copper, potassium, iron, manganese and phosphorus. It’s also high in fiber and low in calories.
If you don’t like the taste of kale, you can try substitute spinach.

Greek yogurt

This thick and creamy yogurt is high in protein but lower in carbs than the regular kind. A serving of Greek yogurt has just about as much protein as 2-3 ounces of lean meat.

It can also contain a lot of fat, but many non-fat varieties are available if you’re watching fat content.

Chia seeds

You’ve likely heard of the Chia pet – but chia seeds are no laughing matter. This powerful seed is high in fiber and can be used to thicken liquids to make puddings.

It also has a lot of calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.

Watch the video to see how to make this superfood smoothie, and follow along in your own kitchen. You can find the recipe below.

Purvi’s Superfood Smoothie

Pouring smoothie made from superfoods into glass

Adding superfoods to your favorite smoothie recipe is a great way to add an extra boost of nutrition.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup ice
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, rinsed
  • 1 banana, peeled
  • 2 cups kale, packed (Baby kale works great for this. You can also substitute spinach for kale.)
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend until combined to the consistency you want
  3. Serve!