It doesn’t get more refreshing than a simple smoothie on a hot summer day!  A few additions make this smoothie off-the-charts in antioxidants.  In other news, I think my KitchenAid blender has seen better days.  Time to research new blenders, and maybe even splurge for  a Vitamix…

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Berry Antioxidant Smoothie
INGREDIENTS:

1 scoop/pouch protein powder (I used Shakeology Tropical Strawberry)
1 tsp. maqui berry (freeze-dried whole berries, available at health food stores like Whole Foods)
1 packed frozen acai
1/2 cup mixed frozen berries
1 1/2 cup water
8 ice cubes

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Blend all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Serve immediately.

What is a Maqui Berry?

It is a wild grown superfruit from the Patagonia region of Southern Chile.  It has been used for centuries by the native Mapuche Indians to help boost strength and stamina.

Health Benefits:

-one of the highest antioxidant values of any known fruit
-most pure and potent berries available
-supports immune function and provides natural energy
-contains an abundance of anthocyanins and polyphenols
ORAC value of the maqui berry was 4 to 30 times higher than the average acai berry