Even though they’re a common fruit and available year round, grapes are a tried and true superfood!
Humans started cultivating grapes an estimated 7000 years ago in Western Asia. Because grapes are so versatile, they can be grown in a variety of climates. One study estimates the world produces around 72 million tons of grapes a year, with the majority of those crops destined for wine.
Grapes are rich in antioxidants, which help keep the cells in our bodies healthy, as well as help lower cholesterol and inflammation. Grapes are also an abundant source of vitamins, specifically C and K, and fiber. The fiber in grapes is insoluble, which promotes healthy digestion and helps prevent constipation.
Some additional health benefits of grapes include aiding in the prevention of heart disease, helping to promote weight loss, and improving eye health!
Smoothie Recipes with Grapes
Since we are such big fans of grapes and all of their “grape” benefits (haha!), we’ve compiled a list of 89 smoothies using grapes. Consider freezing your grapes before blending them up, which helps create a thick, creamy smoothie.
Oats may be cheap and easy to find, but that doesn’t mean they’re not superfoods in their own right! Because they’re high in fiber and protein, but low in fat and calories, oats have been shown to help lower bad cholesterol and stabilize blood glucose. Spinach (high in iron, vitamin K and vitamin A) and a hydrating cucumber help balance the sweetness of an orange and grapes, keeping this smoothie light and refreshing.
Full of fiber, iron, and potassium, golden beets are slightly sweeter and less “earthy” tasting than a typical red beet, but have the same benefits -- they’re great for helping to ease sore muscles and keeping a healthy blood flow in the body. Both ginger and grapes are full of healthy antioxidants, which means they’re great for lowering inflammation in the body. Looking for the perfect post-gym snack? You’ve found it!
Native to South America, yacon root has been shown to help with blood sugar regulation, and has even been connected to weight loss. Grapes are full of healthy, cancer-fighting polyphenols, and kiwi is practically bursting with vitamin C. Cashews round everything out with a healthy dose of fiber, protein, and Omega-3 fatty acids.
Sweet Potato Pick-Me-Up
The deep orange color of sweet potatoes indicate just how high in beta-carotene they are, and in turn, how great they are for the complexion. Sweet potatoes are also rich in copper and zinc, and may even help regulate blood sugar. When combined with antioxidant powerhouses maqui berry, orange, and grapes, you get a smoothie that’s perfect for revitalizing your skin, immune system, and energy levels.
Low in calories and fat, this sweet/tart smoothie is bursting with vitamin C (more than 60 percent of your daily needs per serving) and fiber (thanks to oats and hemp seeds). Grapes provide immune-boosting polyphenols, and clementines are full of calcium, magnesium and potassium. Start your day with a fresh burst of fruit, and feel satisfied till lunch!
Cran Coconut Grape
There’s been ample research into the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial aspects of cranberries, but a lesser known health benefit of cranberries is their contribution to oral health, as well as the possible improvement in the integrity of gum tissue. And when combined with grapes, they create the perfect sweet/tart flavor.
Grape Chia Refresh
Collard greens are one of the only vegetables with protein, and have a healthy dose of fiber as well. They’re also bursting with vitamins A, C, and calcium. Chia seeds will keep you satisfied and energized with their protein, fiber, and healthy fats, and cucumbers will add hydration and more fiber. Grapes and a lime round out this refreshing smoothie with antioxidants and a touch of sweetness, curbing those sugar cravings while boosting your immunity and helping you feel as bright as a sunny fall day!
If you’re looking for an ingredient that will turn any smoothie into a quick meal replacement, hemp seed is exactly what you need! A “perfect protein” that has all 20 amino acids (including the nine essential amino acids our bodies don’t produce on their own), antioxidants, Omega-3s, fiber and magnesium, hemp seeds will help keep you full and satisfied for hours. More antioxidants from maqui berry and grapes, as well additional fiber from an apple and squash, make this low calorie breakfast a tasty way to get back into a healthy, nutritious routine!
Thanks to the addition of both chia seeds and sunflower seeds, this applicious smoothie is full of complexion-boosting, inflammation-lowering Omega 3 fatty acids. It also has enough fiber and protein to keep you satisfied for hours, along with immune-boosting polyphenols from grapes. Add in an abundance of vitamins from collard greens (vitamin A, vitamin K, folate, calcium and iron), and you have a low calorie meal replacement that will help keep you energized during even the busiest of days.
Low in fat and calories, this nourishing smoothie will keep you satisfied for hours thanks to a tablespoon of hemp seed. Full of protein, fiber, Omega-3s and Omega-6, hemp seeds are a common superfood that can truly reinvigorate your body once they’re introduced into your diet. In addition to antioxidants, hemp seeds contain essential amino acids, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and zinc, making them one of the best smoothie additions out there. Polyphenols from grapes, potassium from a banana, and vitamins A and K from spinach add additional nutritional goodness.
Sunny Maqui Berry Burst
Rich in vitamin C, copper and B vitamins, sunflower seeds are also very high in antioxidants and healthy fatty acids, making them the perfect “meal replacement” addition to smoothies. Maqui berry, a South American superfruit, is also extremely high in antioxidants, which means this smoothie will have you glowing from the inside out! Add in some potassium from tomatillos, polyphenols from grapes, and pectin (a type of fiber that helps increase the volume of smoothies) from a pear, and you have a satisfying, low fat breakfast that takes literally minutes to make!
Rolled oats may not seem like a superfood, but there have been many scientific studies linking the daily consumption of this whole grain to lowered cholesterol, as well as a lowered risk of heart disease. Because of the high amount of fiber in oats, they have also been linked to decreased appetite and weight loss. Baby bok choy provides phosphorus, zinc, and magnesium, a nectarine provides vitamin C and beta carotene, grapes are full of polyphenols, and pea protein is one of the most easily digestion protein powders out there. Take care of the day with this low calorie, low fat breakfast!
Apricot Lemon Energy
Extremely high in potassium and antioxidants, apricots are a luscious summer fruit that are only in season for a few short months. Grapes are full of immune-strengthening polyphenols, zucchini is full of vitamin A, magnesium, and even a small serving of Omega-3s, and lemon adds an alkalizing kick. Almonds, one of the healthiest snacks around, not only add more good fat and protein, but have been labeled literal “brain food” by researchers. Low in calories and fat, this smoothie is perfect for starting your day on a high note.
Almond Reishi Refresh
Used for centuries in Chinese medicine, reishi mushrooms have been touted as having “lifespan-extending properties,” as well as the ability to fight inflammation. Grapes are full of polyphenols, some of the best antioxidants for immune system health, and almonds have been praised time and time again for being one of the best snacks here is. Combine these super foods with healthy fiber from a pear and vitamins A, C and K from mild baby bok choy, and you have a nutritionally complete smoothie that can help health your entire body!
A great vegan source of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids, hemp seeds are known as a “perfect protein” because they contain 20 amino acids; particularly the nine essential amino acids our bodies don’t produce on their own. They’re also full of fiber and calcium. Whole ginger root contains an abundance of gingerol, a natural chemical that contains ginger’s abundant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Combine these two superfoods with polyphenols from grapes, fiber from cantaloupe, and vitamins A and C from collard greens, and you have the perfect low-calorie smoothie for you mind, immune system and complexion.
Polyphenols, antioxidants found in grapes, have been scientifically studied for their cancer-fighting abilities. Both zucchini and honeydew are fiber-filled and hydrating, and cashews are full of minerals most people don’t get enough of, including copper, manganese and magnesium. Add in a bunch of mint, which is full of rosmarinic acid, an antioxidant that has been shown to ease the symptoms of seasonal allergies, and you have a nutritionally complete snack that will keep you full, but help you feel light.
This low calorie smoothie will help you feel light on your feet while boosting your immune system with copious amounts of vitamins C and A (thanks to a lime and collard greens). Cantaloupe provides a nice amount of fiber, potassium, and antioxidants, with grapes providing additional antioxidant support in the form of polyphenols, which have been studied for their cancer-fighting ability. Cooling mint and coconut water round things out with a light sweetness, making this the perfect snack for when you’re craving something sweet, but working on becoming your healthiest self this spring and summer.
Plums are full of potassium, which protects against high blood pressure. They’re also relatively low on the glycemic index -- meaning they won’t spike blood sugar -- and are full of anthocyanins, natural pigments found in other purple fruits and vegetables that help fight against inflammation. Acai berry powder and grapes provide antioxidants that also help fight back against internal inflammation, yellow squash is full of fiber, and almonds give this low calorie snack a nice dose of healthy fat and protein. Do your body some good while sipping on this light, fresh treat!
A bit sweeter than than red beets, golden beets are full of fiber, iron and potassium. In general, beets are great for both increasing stamina and for soothing sore muscles. Ginger is a wonderful anti-inflammatory, grapes are full of cancer-fighting polyphenols, and clementines have calcium, magnesium and vitamin C. Starting your morning out with this sweet, low calorie smoothie will have you glowing from the inside out, and motivated to check everything off your to-do list.
Green Grape Hydrate
Spirulina is a freshwater blue/green algae that has been studied for its healthy healing properties. In addition to helping lower blood pressure and cholesterol, spirulina has also been studied for its ability to increase the production of antibodies and healthy cells to fight against cancer. Add in some grapes for additional cancer-fighting polyphenols, a pear for fiber, swiss chard for vitamins K, A, and C, and vegan pea protein, and you have a low calorie, high protein meal replacement that will have your immune system buzzing!
Many people know that spinach is high in nutrients like iron, folate and vitamins A and K, but it also has quite a hefty dose of vitamin C per serving. Lemon is full of vitamin C as well, and grapes have it too, as well as powerful antioxidants called polyphenols. Almonds are some of the healthiest nuts you can eat (studies suggest a handful a day might just help you lose weight), and pears have a delicate, sweet taste combined with lots of fiber. You’ll feel lifted, energized and light on your feet with this low calorie, high fiber drink.
Acai Cran Grape
Cranberries, grapes and acai berry powder are all bursting with healthy antioxidants, natural chemicals that fight against free radicals (damaged cells that can cause a variety of chronic health issues). When you combine these fruits with the fiber, vitamin C and vitamin A from kale, and skin-soothing vitamin E from walnuts, you get an energizing, immune-boosting drink that will help you feel grounded and calm -- no matter how busy your day gets!
Cranberry Apple Amla
High in vitamin C and often used as a natural vitality booster for hair and skin, amla berry has a long history in traditional Ayurvedic healing. Combining it with cranberries and grapes, two fruits with a high volume of antioxidants, and swiss chard (full of vitamins A, K and E), this smoothie becomes the perfect drink for a glowing complexion. And at only 116 calories, it’s a big help to the waistline as well!
Maqui Apple Cleanse
One of the top food sources of antioxidants, maqui berry is a great addition to this low calorie, cleansing smoothie. If your body is feeling a little sluggish, this drink is the perfect pick-me-up, thanks to the energizing healthy fat and protein from hemp seed, the satisfying fiber from squash and applesauce, and a second healthy dose of antioxidants from grapes.
Green Cranberry Ginger
In addition to helping to prevent urinary tract infections, cranberries have also been shown to lower blood pressure and upgrade oral health. By combining these tart, low-sugar fruits with grapes (known for their polyphenol power) pear (fiber), and ginger (a potent anti-inflammatory), you get a sweet smoothie with a hint of spice, along with tons of vitamins from chard (A and K, specifically) and flax (Omega-3). Snack smart with this low-calorie, low-fat treat!
A great natural source of energy (due to healthy fat, protein and fiber), coconut flakes are the perfect way to get a decadent, creamy smoothie without using dairy. Pecans (which have the highest antioxidant capacity of any nut), also pack a dose of healthy fat and protein. And thanks to chard (vitamins K and A), a pear (fiber and beta-carotene), and grapes (cancer-fighting polyphenols), this sweet drink is also packed with nutrients.
Baobab Orange Rosemary
A sweet smoothie with just a hint of savory, this immune-boosting drink is another perfect way to fight back against sniffles, as well as curb sugar cravings. It’s got vitamin C in spades (thanks to an orange and baobab), healthy fats (thanks to cashews), cancer-fighting polyphenols (thanks to grapes), and vitamins A and K, as well as magnesium (thanks to swiss chard).
A freshwater algae that’s been a superfood staple forever, spirulina is a potent detoxifier, helping your body get rid of all those less-than-desirable byproducts of a typical Western diet. We’ve combined it with cancer-fighting polyphenols from grapes, healthy protein and Omega-3 fatty acids from both half an avocado and almonds (which means two times the “glow” power for your skin), and vitamin C from lime and collard greens.
Low in carbs and calories, squash is full of iron, folate and beta carotene, and because of its mild flavor, it’s the perfect way to amp up the nutrition of a smoothie without sacrificing taste. Grapes are full of powerful polyphenols, oats and pear are full of cholesterol-lowering fiber, and peanut butter has a dose of healthy fat and protein. If you’re looking for an afternoon snack that will keep you energized and hydrated until dinner, you’ve come to the right smoothie!
Reishi Cashew Power
Great for your immune system and liver, reishi mushrooms have been described as having “lifespan-extending properties” because they’re helpful in preventing abnormal blood vessels from forming. High in fiber, vitamins K and C, and antioxidants, collard greens are one of the most nutritious greens you can eat. Combine these ultra-potent foods with fiber from a pear, polyphenol-heavy grapes, and healthy fat and protein from cashews, and you’ve got the Fountain of Youth in a glass!
When it comes to both our emotional and physical health, one great way to feel better is to work on lowering inflammation in our bodies. The typical Western diet is usually full of processed foods that cause this inflammation, so evening things out with other foods high in antioxidants (such as maqui berry and grapes), is a great start. Both squash and nectarine are full of fiber, and cashews have the kinds of healthy fat and protein that converts directly to energy. Sip on this smoothie, feel like a dream.
Mint Plum Power
One of the most antioxidant-rich foods ever recorded, maqui berry also contains calcium and iron. Almonds are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and have enough fiber, protein and healthy fat to keep you satisfied for hours. We’ve combined these superfoods with digestion-easing mint, and the light, sweet flavors of grapes, plum and pear (all of which contain healthy fiber), to create a smoothie that even the pickiest of eaters (or the youngest members of your family) will enjoy sipping before their first big day back to school!
Plum Lavender Protein
While lavender is often used externally to treat irritation or the occasional blemish, it also provides a gentle calming sensation when ingested. Both plums and kale contain ample amounts of vitamin C, which is essential for supple skin, and grapes are bursting with antioxidants. When you add easy-to-digest vegan pea protein and two tablespoons of magnesium and calcium-infused almond butter, you have the kind of nutritious, easy breakfast that healthy dreams (and healthy skin) are made of!
The Ultimate Green Smoothie
You want green? We’ll give you green! A micro-algae that grows in both fresh and salt water, spirulina might be one of the world’s healthiest foods. Not only is it bursting with beta-carotene, it’s known as a complete protein, contains all essential amino acids, and is rich in phytonutrients. Combine that with hemp protein, another complete protein that’s also full of healthy fatty acids, and kale (iron and vitamin K), and you’ve got a super duper green drink that not only tastes like a dream, but acts as a nice, soothing hug to your nervous system, digestion, and immune system.
Bok Choy and Peach Energy
When people think of mesquite, they tend to think of barbecue, but mesquite doesn’t taste savory at all. In fact, it has a rich, caramel-like flavor -- making it a great natural sweetener -- and a high soluble fiber content as well. Not only do peaches taste like summer, they also contain calcium, potassium, and more fiber, and the cholesterol-lowering power of oats will help you feel satisfied without that “too full” sensation. If it’s too hot to cook, this low fat smoothie is the perfect option for a light meal.
Lychee, a sweet, delicate fruit native to China, has a remarkable amount of vitamin C, as well as fiber and quercetin, an antioxidant with powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is another anti-inflammatory powerhouse, which means this smoothie top notch for helping to clear skin of impurities from the inside out. In addition to having a hefty serving of vitamin K, spinach has both zinc and magnesium, two minerals that are beneficial to your skin. Lucuma, which is native to Peru, has been studied for its ability to help wounds and irritations heal quicker. Looking for a spa treatment in a glass? We’ve got you covered!
Spicy Mango Wakeup
Members of the same family as cashews and pistachios, mangoes are a great source of fiber, vitamin B6 and magnesium, and have been connected to lowered blood pressure and a healthier heart. One of the healthiest foods on earth, chia seeds are rich in fiber, protein, good fats and manganese, and regular consumption has been linked to weight loss. Cayenne, a known digestive aid, contains capsaicin, which has been shown to help with achy joints. If you’re looking to spice up your morning, this smoothie is for you. Not super into cayenne? This smoothie tastes awesome without it too!
Rhubarb pies might be popping up at barbecues right now, but this smoothie has all the flavor with none of the fat or white sugar! Full of antioxidants, fiber and iron, acai berries are also big on vitamin C. An orange gives an additional boost of skin-brightening C, and rhubarb rates high on vitamin C as well, along with fiber and calcium. Walnuts provide healthy fat and protein as well as vitamin E, another great vitamin for skin. Drink this, glow from the inside out!
Green Apple Spice Protein
Native to South America, yacon root is rich in potassium and calcium, but low in calories. One of the reasons it’s been studied so much is because of its anti-hyperclycemic effects, which means yacon can help the body avoid insulin spikes, and may even increase insulin sensitivity. A complete protein, hemp contains all eight essential amino acids, as well as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, providing your body with the kind of fat and protein it can immediately use and turn into energy. Combining these two superfoods with nutrient-dense kale, hydrating zucchini, sweet grapes (which also contain cancer-fighting polyphenols), and applesauce, creates a protein-filled meal replacement that’s sure to keep you satisfied and energized for hours.
Low in calories but full of vitamins A and C, grapefruit keeps things tart and flavorful without adding too much sugar. An ancient food that has been showing up in writings for centuries, pomegranate is full of antioxidants, and may even help with blood pressure and lowering cholesterol. Almonds even out the tartness of this smoothie by adding creaminess, protein and hearty-healthy fats, along with half an avocado, while a cup of coconut water adds a touch of tropical flavor. Stimulate every taste bud with this dynamic and healthy snack!
Rambutan Lavender Lemonade
Native to Indonesia and Malaysia, rambutans look like little sea urchins on the outside, and have a white, fleshly fruit inside that has a taste similar to a slightly sour grape. High in vitamin C, copper and iron, rambutan is also rich in phosphorus, which helps the kidney transfer waste out of the body. Lavender has been shown to help with fungal infections, wound healing, and general anxiety -- it’s a potent calming herb. Add in some alkalizing lemon, antioxidant-rich maqui berry and grapes, and hydrating honeydew and zucchini, and you have a smoothie that’s as calming and refreshing as a tropical summer breeze.
Sweet and Sour Beet
Regular consumption of beets may inhibit the growth of certain types of cancers, help blood flow more freely through the body (lowering blood pressure and protecting against heart disease), and even increase athletic performance. Grapes contain polyphenols, powerful antioxidants which also fight against cancer. Add in some potent anti-inflammatory power from ginger, cholesterol-lowering walnuts, and vitamin C from an orange, and you’ve got the perfect morning meal.
Bok Choy Bliss
Sometimes labeled “mushrooms of immortality,” reishi mushrooms have been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine. With scientifically studied anti-cancer and longevity properties, reishi gives your immune system a huge boost. Baby bok choy is full of vitamin C and magnesium, which is a mineral known to ease stress in both the body and mind. In addition to healthy fats, avocados also contain a big dose of potassium, which helps lower blood pressure. If you need a moment of bliss in the middle of a busy day, this nutrient-dense drink is your ticket to heaven!
A tropical fruit with anti-inflammatory properties and high amounts of vitamin C per serving, mangosteen is often used to boost the immune system and treat skin rashes naturally. An excellent source of both Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids, hemp seeds are a whole food protein, providing essential amino acids our bodies don’t produce on their own. Mix these superfoods up with a fiber-filled apple, cancer-fighting polyphenols from grapes, and super healthy collards (vitamins A, C and K), and you’ve got a smoothie that’s big on nutrients but low in calories.
Sweet and Spicy Matcha
Gingerol, the main bioactive compound in ginger, is the compound responsible for the majority of ginger’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. In addition to naturally treating nausea, ginger may also help keep blood sugar in check, as well as help with sore muscles. A powdered green tea that provides energy and a centered feeling at the same time, matcha is a perfect alternative to coffee, and hemp seed is the perfect vegan source of Omega-3. Combine these superfoods with hydrating cantaloupe and grapes, creamy squash, and nutrient-dense collard greens, and you have a spicy, energizing drink that will make your whole body feel like a million bucks.
Honey Grape Cordial
Traditionally, a cordial is a sweet, after-dinner drink, but you can have this smoothie any time of day and feel amazing. Zucchini and honeydew melon are extremely hydrating, and moringa powder is high in antioxidants. Both of these things combined make this another great smoothie for your skin! Additionally, moringa (which is native to India) may also help lower cholesterol and blood sugar. Flaxseeds round out this low calorie, low fat treat, providing a healthy dose of Omega-3s and absolutely no guilt.
Both ginger and mint are great for easing digestion issues, and ginger is a potent anti-inflammatory. Hemp protein powder provides Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which, like ginger, are great natural anti-inflammatories. Hemp also provides essential amino acids and fiber, making it a remarkably well rounded protein. Give your tastebuds a refreshing hit of lime, and up the healthy green quotient with collard greens, and you have a complete breakfast or snack that will keep you satisfied for hours.
While a traditional Irish coffee is made with whiskey, this healthy smoothie version uses green coffee powder, which is made from unroasted coffee beans. In addition to being rich in antioxidants (as well as caffeine), green coffee also contains chlorogenic acid, a natural compound that has been linked to weight loss. Mixing it up with some heart-healthy, cholesterol-lowering rolled oats, creamy coconut milk, cancer-fighting grapes, and collard greens (rich in vitamin A and protein), and you’ve got an energizing green drink that will keep you satisfied all day long.
A cross between a mandarin and a kumquat, the skin of mandarinquats is actually sweet, and can be eaten along with the fruit (which means you can throw the whole thing in the blender!). Low in calories but high in vitamin C, mandarinquats are also a great source of fiber. A bit sweeter in taste than red beets, golden beets are full of vitamin C, beta-carotene and potassium, and pomegranate is a powerful antioxidant. When you combine these high vitamin C foods with grapes (full of cancer-fighting polyphenols) and the anti-inflammatory power of ginger root, you’ve got a potent germ fighter in delicious smoothie form.
Native to South America, yacon root is known mainly for its antihyperglycemic effects, which means that it has the ability to lower the amount of glucose production and ease blood sugar spikes. Cashews have the lowest fat content of any nut, and most of the fat they do have is the healthy unsaturated kind. Pineapple has more vitamin C than oranges or lemons, is full of fiber, and helps to keep the body alkaline. Round out this immune-boosting, low sugar smoothie with cancer-fighting polyphenols from grapes and potassium from cantaloupe, and you have a sweet treat that’s perfect for saying “I love you” without the crash that comes from a handful of heart box chocolates.
Bok Choy Matcha
A form of powdered green tea, matcha has been around for centuries, and is more nutritionally potent than traditionally brewed green tea. There’s also a polyphenol in matcha called EGCG that has not only been shown to boost metabolism, but fight the growth of cancer cells as well. Grapes have cancer-fighting polyphenols too, and hemp seeds are high in Omega-3s, which help lower high cholesterol, ease dry, itchy skin, and may even lessen PMS symptoms. This light, immune-boosting smoothie will have you feeling bright and energetic without any of that traditional caffeine jitteriness!
Sweet Almond Pie
If you’re looking for a complex carb that will give you energy without adding fat or calories, sweet potatoes are it. They’re also an excellent source of beta-carotene, vitamin A, potassium and fiber. Almond butter has you covered in the good fat and protein department, grapes are full of cancer-fighting polyphenols, banana makes a smooth and creamy base that’s also rich in fiber, and mesquite adds a touch of caramel sweetness without any added sugar. The next time you need an emergency snack, treat yourself -- and your immune system -- to this dessert in a glass.
Goji Cranberry Crimson
Native to South America, acai (ah-sigh-EE) berries are a good source of dietary fiber and are also rich in antioxidants. They’re also full of vitamin C. Goji berries are native to China, and have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat everything from fever to diabetes. Goji berries also pack a punch of beta-carotene, which is great for the skin. The sweet / tart combination of mandarin oranges and cranberries gives this smoothie a good dose of vitamin C, fiber, and polyphenols, and walnuts may help reduce the risk of both prostate and breast cancer.
Placid Pomegranate Oatmeal
Full of fiber and even a little protein, pomegranates are known for being a favorite holiday flavor, as well as for their antioxidant power. They’re also fantastic at treating inflammation in the body. Cashews are a low fat nut, and the fat that do contain is directly responsible for helping our body process energy in the most efficient way. Oats will help you feel satisfied and grounded with their heart-healthy fiber, and grapes and pear add a sweet (but not too sweet) base. After a long, stressful day, this might be just the thing to renew your senses!
Lemon Almond Zest
If you’re looking for a nutrient-rich vegetable, look no further than brussel sprouts. They have almost your entire daily recommended servings of vitamins A and C, as well as folate, potassium and manganese. They’re also fat free and low calorie. Almonds are a satisfying source of protein and contain unsaturated fatty acids, the healthy fats our bodies need. Grapes are one of the sweetest ways to get more resveratrol into your diet, which is plant compound that has been shown to aid in weight loss and heart health. After a few swigs of this smoothie, you might actually feel the stress slide right off.
Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without a light, refreshing breakfast before the big meal. If you’re looking to start off a busy morning with a burst of tart sweetness, not to mention a bunch of energizing nutrients like vitamin C and Omega-3s, this smoothie is for you. Both grapes and acai berry powder contain a strong dose of antioxidants, and acai powder is also full of fiber and those helpful Omega-3s. Another source of Omega-3s, hempseed will keep you full and satisfied with its good fat and protein, and has even been shown to help balance out hormones.
Lucuma Pecan Pie
With a caramel-like flavor, lucuma powder adds sweetness without calories, and is known for its anti-inflammatory and skin-healing abilities. Cinnamon and nutmeg also provide some anti-inflammatory benefits, and grapes are full of polyphenols, which have been shown to have cancer-fighting effects. Even though it’s not as familiar as kale, broccoleaf is a superfood in its own right, with almost 100 percent of our daily recommended amount of vitamin C per serving, and a good burst of vitamin D as well. Looking to add a little glow to your insides as well as your outside? This smoothie will definitely do the trick!
Concord Grape Gulp
In addition to having a delicious, tart taste that’s decidedly recognizable, research on concord grapes shows that they help support flexible arteries, which keeps blood flowing freely around the body, as well as healthy blood pressure. Evidence also suggests that they aid in cognitive health. And while you might initially feel odd about adding tofu to a smoothie, this soft, spongy protein made from soybeans is virtually tasteless, and adds a nice thickness to anything it’s blended with. Maqui berry powder is super rich in antioxidants, and helps to make this smoothie a triple threat full of protein, immune-boosting goodness, and a sweet, creamy texture.
Spirulina is an algae that grows in the salty waters of subtropical climates and has significant amounts of calcium, iron and magnesium per serving. It’s also been shown to help lower cholesterol. Flaxseed is a great vegan source of Omega-3s and fiber, which is a great combination for athletes. Mix those two superfoods with nature’s VIP, avocado, and the cancer-fighting polyphenols from grapes, and you’ve got a drink that does everything from light detoxing to helping you glow from the inside out. Drinking one of these before heading into the mall for an early shopping trip is like putting a force field around your immune system (something we could all use right about now).
Pucker up for our vitamin C-infused version of the Lemonhead. With a slightly sweeter taste than red beets, yellow beets are high in antioxidants, calcium and fiber. They’re also extremely low in calories. Turmeric is a fantastic anti-inflammatory superfood, and has even been scientifically proven to help ease the symptoms of arthritis. Chia seeds, another superfood we love, are great vegan sources of Omega-3s, fatty acids most people usually get from fish or fish oil. If you’ve ever wondered, “Could there be a detox drink that tastes like candy?” We’re here to answer that question with a resounding YES.
Collard greens are a surprising source of protein, with one cup containing about five grams. These greens are also rich in both vitamin A and C, and have a dose of calcium for good measure. Chia seeds are high in protein as well, and have a lot of fiber and Omega-3s in one small serving. Grapes are an excellent source of polyphenols, which are terrific cancer fighters, and quercetin, which is an anti-inflammatory that helps fight off allergies. If you’re looking for a refreshing and clean restart to your diet after one too many trips to the office’s Halloween candy bowl, this smoothie will do it.
Baobab Orange Rosemary
A sweet smoothie with just a hint of savory, this immune-boosting drink is another perfect way to fight back against sniffles, as well as curb sugar cravings. It’s got vitamin C in spades (thanks to an orange and baobab), healthy fats (thanks to cashews), cancer-fighting polyphenols (thanks to grapes), and vitamins A and K, as well as magnesium (thanks to swiss chard).
Blackberry Spice and Everything Rice
Have you ever wanted a blueberry pie in a glass? If so, look no further! Both blueberries and grapes are high in antioxidants, and grapes contain resveratrol, which has been shown to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. Kale remains one of the best dark leafy greens you can eat, brimming with vitamins A, C and K, as well as iron and protein. If dairy and nuts aren’t your thing, rice milk is a great option. This milk is low in saturated fat, but high in both B vitamins and antioxidants.
Fairy Tale Eggplant
Besides having a mild taste and very few calories per serving, eggplants are full of potassium, magnesium and fiber. They’re also a highly-ranked free radical scavenger. Grapes are full of antioxidants called polyphenols, which have been shown to fight back against certain types of cancers, and like eggplant, are also full of potassium, making this smoothie a perfect way to get your daily amount of this essential nutrient (most people don’t actually get enough). You’re also getting a healthy dose of chlorophyll, which is another cancer fighter, from spinach, and flaxseed has been shown to have positive effects on skin cancer. Want to take care of yourself from the inside out? This powerful smoothie is a great start.
Honeydew Lavender Lift
You may be familiar with lavender-scented soaps and creams, but this herb has also been shown to reduce anxiety and symptoms of PMS when ingested. Honeydew is full of Vitamin C, giving you 34 percent of your recommended daily dose, as well as a good serving of potassium. Kale has Vitamin C as well, but also gives you a few grams of protein. Flaxseed has those important Omega-3s, and pecans have a nice amount of fiber. If your stomach or your emotions need a recharge, see if this smoothie can’t do the trick.
Spinach and Peach Energy Shot
Mesquite is not just for barbeque sauce. It actually has a soft, caramel flavor, making it a perfect addition to smoothies, and is a great source of fiber and protein. Grapes and peaches are hydrating, soothing fruits, and when paired with energizing spinach and oats, create a smoothie that goes down easy, and keeps you going all day!
Green Spirulina and Honeydew
Summertime greenery is in full bloom! Taste all the best flavors of the farmers market in a single glass. Zucchini is a versatile classic; from ratatouille to fresh-baked bread, it fits in anywhere. Mixed with refreshing honeydew and sweet grapes, the summer squash takes on new flavor dimensions. Zucchini provides the phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin, which similar to beta-carotene are good for the vision. Add spirulina for even more clean, green goodness!
Fresh Purple Fig
A purple smoothie that evokes the Mediterranean? Sign us up! Fiber-rich figs are full of potassium, which can help reduce blood pressure. Grapes have all the health benefits of red wine (polyphenols) with none of the hangover, and maqui powder has antiviral properties that benefit the cardiovascular system. Top off this light drink with hemp seed, which is full of Omega-3 and Omega-6, and you’ve got a refreshing, nutrient-dense alternative to store-bought juice.
Summer Snow Peas
Summer snow peas have “summer” in their name. (Also “snow,” but that’s a long way off.) Though the snap and crunch have been blended out, the flavor and nutrients remain. Peas contain iron, magnesium, phosphorus and and potassium. Sweet grapes and pear complement the tasty peas, and almond provide satiating protein and healthy fats. Moringa comes from a plant called the “miracle tree;” Ayurvedic medicine claims it cures over 300 ailments!
You’ll feel smooth as a Georgia peach with this pie in a glass! Cashews and quinoa provide protein in addition to a hearty comfort food vibe. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger mixed with almond milk complement and bring out the flavor of the fruits. You're sneaking in your greens with fresh mesclun. And don't forget the grapes-- an excellent source of resveratrol, a regenerative compound that helps with skin renewal.
Peach Jelly Donut
Ready for the upcoming holiday? That’s right, June 5th is National Donut Day! Drink a healthier donut in the form of this yummy treat. Green squash provides Vitamins A and C-- both excellent for the skin. Paired with cashews, it’s a rich, creamy base for the donut. Peaches are a sweet harbinger of summer. Red grapes are the jelly, and a source of the compound resveratol, known for its anti-aging properties. Throw some hibiscus flowers on top and you’ve got sprinkles!
Green Apple Ginger
Tart, spicy and sweet--is there any better way to start your day? And the fact that it's loaded with vitamins and minerals to boost your immunity makes it that much sweeter. Ginger provides antioxidants known to kill bacteria and fight cold viruses. Spirulina is the real star ingredient with an abundant source of protein, amino acids, phytonutrients, iron, antioxidants and B-vitamins. Your immune system will be strong and your tastebuds will be supremely satisfied.
Apple Spice Cake
You may spot the mesquite in this recipe and think we made a mistake. One doesn't often think of mesquite as an ingredient in a sweet, dessert dish, like apple spice cake. But don't let the name deceive you, this mesquite powder does not taste like the kind found on baby back ribs or your favorite barbecue dishes. Ground from the pods of the mesquite plant, this superfood has a sweet, nutty flavor, making it the perfect natural sweetener for this decadent treat.
A Beet with a Kick
Between the peppery flavor of arugula and the creaminess of macadamia nuts, A Beet with a Kick is just that. Rich in cancer fighting antioxidants, chlorophyll, vitamin K, and B vitamins, arugula fans the flames and really makes the earthy beets, sweet strawberries, and tart grapes stand out.
Mini Bell Pepper with Dill
These mini bell peppers are literally the cutest things ever. They’re from New York’s own Norwich Meadows Farm and they have totally amped up our creativity in the kitchen. Our tastebuds are super happy with the results. Full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, our bodies couldn’t be happier either. They might be small but just 3 of these little ones contain almost 300% of your daily value of Vitamin C. Flu season? What flu season.
Candied Carrot Tops
You can totally beat cold season this year with fruit and veggie smoothies, especially ones with camu camu! Just a half teaspoon of this Brazilian superfruit powder has more than 550% of your daily recommended value of Vitamin C. Rich in various amino acids, camu camu works wonders on the digestive system, cognitive functions, heart and kidney health, and muscle repair.
Goji Beet Mixer
Goji berries are a superfood hailing from China and have been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine. Because of their high levels of zeaxanthin and beta carotene, goji berries have been known to help aid in eyesight. Zeaxanthin protects the retina by absorbing blue light and acting as an antioxidant. See why we love goji?
Chocolate Hazelnut Nutella
Hazelnut and chocolate is a match made in heaven. While we typically see hazelnuts making an appearance in baked goods and coffee, it seems like it’s current claim to fame is Nutella. If given the opportunity, we could eat an entire jar of Nutella with a spoon. Luckily, we made this smoothie to help satisfy those chocolate cravings. Not only are hazelnuts high in fiber, they are rich in manganese and copper. Manganese is necessary for bone formation and copper is needed for iron absorption.
Pretty in Pink
Welcome to the breakfast club! You’ll be seeing la vie en rose after just one sip of this delicious drink! Soaking superfood goji berries in warm water before blending not only allows more of the flavors to come out, it will make blending them so easy. Additionally, if your blender has trouble blending up beets, you can lightly steam them prior to blending. Sprinkle some goji berries on top to finish the look. NOTE: If your beet is large, you can start by blending half.
Green Tea Nectarine
What a lovely combination of flavors. The sweetness of the grapes and nectarines are tamed by the matcha and chard. Matcha contains the water soluble amino acid, L-Theanine. L-Theanine has been known to reduce stress levels and create a calm without causing drowsiness. Chard contains tons of Vitamin K, which promotes building strong bones and preventing heart disease. Drink up, this smoothie is working for you!
Almond Butter and Jelly
Oh yes, this is an old childhood favorite. Step away from the Wonder Bread and cozy up with your blender. Adding a dash of acai powder elevates the PB&J smoothie to superfood status. Acai is a powerful anti-oxidant. Additionally, it is high in oleic acid and linoleic acid with may help to reduce LDL-cholesterol level and raise good HDL-cholesterol levels.