I spoke to a friend last week who was telling me about the summer heat that made it difficult for her to be productive during the day. On top of a 4-hour commute was her constant exposure to car pollution. Afraid of the long term consequences, she sent me a message to ask my advice.

Our conversation went through a number of different topics until I finally asked her if she knew anything about antioxidant rich foods. She said she’d heard of it but never really thought about them.

I explained that antioxidant rich foods are full of nutrients able to fortify the body against toxin exposure. They contain tons of vitamin A, C, E, zinc, selenium, and polyphenols capable of supporting the body’s natural antioxidant system to neutralize the incoming toxic load.

Cutting the long story short, I asked her to make an Antioxidant Summer Smoothie Bowl pulling in ingredients from various antioxidant rich foods to support her body against toxins.

Click here to learn more about antioxidant rich foods: https://www.superfoodly.com/orac-values

I’d like to suggest playing around with these nutrient dense foods as well to see what works for you:

Guyabano, Mangosteen, Berries, Cruciferous vegetables (kale, broccoli, cauliflower, bok choy, arugula, cabbage, mustard greens), Malunggay, Watercress, Spinach, Apple, Green Tea, Ginger and Beets

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen berries, look for organic whenever possible
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ - ¾ cup fresh fruit, can be frozen (Look for high ORAC value fruits as shown in link above)
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk/ water
    • Can be replaced by any other nut milk
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 cups greens (malunggay leaves, kale, bok choy)
  • 1 tbsp assorted nuts except peanut (almond, pili, cashew etc.)
  • 1 tbsp rice/pea/hemp protein powder

For topping:

  • Granola
  • Fresh berries or sliced fruit
  • Bee pollen
  • Assorted seeds (chia, hemp, flax)
  • Coconut meat

Instructions

  1. Put all the main ingredients in a blender until smooth. If too thick, just keep adding a little coconut milk/water until it reaches the desired consistency.
  2. Add your toppings.

TIP: You can freeze all of your fruits and vegetables ahead of time to make the smoothie have better consistency and to help make preparation easier.

SUPER TIP: Points for making the smoothie bowl greener!

Try it and let me know the results! Hope to hear from you soon!

Your Partner in Health,

Dr. Rayms