Maybe you’re a smoothie fanatic who loves the classic strawberry banana or green smoothie recipes. But, sticking to what you know means you end up missing out on all of the other delicious smoothie possibilities—and loads of wholesome nutrients! Shake up your smoothie routine and try something new, like this blueberry acai smoothie!
It’s made with some of the classic smoothie ingredients, like frozen banana for natural sweetness and thickness, Greek yogurt for creaminess, and the milk of your choice to get your desired smoothie consistency. But, throw some blueberries and frozen acai purée into the mix, and you’ve got a whole new smoothie experience!
The duo creates a delicious sweet-and-tangy flavor in this blueberry acai smoothie that’s so fun and refreshing. Plus, both blueberries and acai berries are ranked among the MOST antioxidant-rich foods on the planet!
What’s a Superfood Smoothie?
Lately, ‘superfoods’ and superfood recipes have been super trendy. And this blueberry acai smoothie is definitely a superfood breakfast that can start your day off right! Basically, a superfood is a food that’s very nutrient-dense, and rich in powerful nutrients with unique benefits or that are hard to find in other foods.
You’ll often see blueberries on all kinds of ‘top superfoods’ lists on the Internet, and they ARE super nutritious!But, they’re not the only superfood out there. There are LOADS of sneaky superfoods out there that just don’t get as much publicity. Personally, I’m a big advocate for eating as many wholesome veggies and fruits as possible because those are the true superfoods!
Energizing, Fiber-Filled, Protein-Packed
And, this blueberry acai smoothie is chock-full of superfood ingredients and nutrients. Yes, it’s a quick-and-easy healthy breakfast that’s rich in energizing carbs and dietary fiber to help keep hunger at bay. Plus, you get 10g of protein in just one serving of this blueberry acai smoothie recipe—no protein powder needed!
But, what makes a food truly super goes beyond macronutrients and fiber. Superfoods contain unique and powerful nutrients, including essential vitamins and minerals, as well as other micronutrients that we just don’t see listed on a nutrition label. In this blueberry acai smoothie, it’s main superfood power comes from its incredible antioxidant content.
As mentioned, blueberries and acai berries are two of the most powerful antioxidant foods you can eat. There’s actually a scientific measure of antioxidant activity in foods (the ORAC scale), and acai berries have been ranked as the #1 most antioxidant-rich food of all!
The compounds that protect plants and keep them healthy in the wild also function as powerful nutrients in our bodies when we eat those plant-based foods. In most berries, there are compounds that protect them from things like weather damage and UV rays, and those compounds often act as antioxidants in our bodies.
What Are Antioxidants?
There’s no ‘daily recommended value’ for antioxidants, but these incredible compounds have the power to seek out damaging free radicals in the body and neutralize them. Since free radicals are the culprits behind health consequences like aging and even the development of cancer, antioxidant-rich foods are crucial to a healthy diet.
Plus, many antioxidants also have anti-inflammatory properties. Luckily, this blueberry acai smoothie is teeming with free-radical-fighting antioxidants! And, it’s rich in immune-boosting vitamin C (which can also function as an antioxidant in the body). Plus, studies show that acai’s superfood power can also protect our heart health and help with weight loss!
Where to Find Acai
Currently, you won’t find fresh acai berries at the store like you will blueberries. Acai is actually one of the lowest-sugar fruits, and it spoils too quickly to transport from the Amazonian rainforest to our grocery stores. But, it’s now much easier to find acai in other forms, like freeze-dried acai powder or frozen acai purée, which is what I used to make this blueberry acai smoothie!