True story: the other day someone wanted to know how old I was. They said, “I’m guessing you’re about 18 years old, right?” I just gave them a blank stare, wondering how they could think I’m a full EIGHT YEARS younger than I really am. Then suddenly I realized what the problem was… I eat so many antioxidants that my body is aging in reverse! Just like Benjamin Button, I think I’m getting younger every year! 🙂
This smoothie may be one of the biggest culprits. It has no less than SIX of the world’s most antioxidant-rich foods: blueberries, strawberries, cocoa powder, walnuts, dates, and chia seeds. The powerful compounds in each of these superfoods work their magic on every part of your body. They calm painful inflammation, protect your cardiovascular system, boost immunity, battle cancer-causing free radicals, and (of course) smooth wrinkles to give your skin a beautiful youthful glow.
Oh, and did I mention that it tastes like some kind of super amazingly delicious blueberry chocolate ice cream to boot?
Makes 1 big smoothie
- 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
- 4 frozen strawberries
- 1 1/2 frozen bananas
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup walnuts
- 2 pitted dates
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1+ cup non-dairy milk or water
Freeze the bananas. You can use unfrozen bananas, but they don’t have nearly the same effect. I always keep a steady supply of bananas in my freezer. They make excellent smoothies, ice cream, and so much more. To do this, simply peel the bananas, break them into 1-inch chunks and add to a freezer bag. They’ll keep for over a week.
Add everything from the ingredient list to your blender and blend until completely smooth and creamy. At this point, you can decide how thick you’d like the smoothie to be. With 1 cup of liquid, it’ll be so thick you’ll basically have ice cream. For a something a little more drinkable, add an additional splash of liquid and blend again.
For best results, serve immediately in a fancy glass (it always make smoothies taste better). Optionally garnish with some chia seeds, whole berries, or walnuts.