Berry Mood-Boosting Smoothie

Need a pick me up? This berry smoothie is bursting with flavor and health benefits to help keep you feeling energetic, full, and focused. Berries alone are some of the most healthful superfoods on the planet.

Here are a few of the many benefits of each delicious ingredient in this smoothie:

Yummy Berry Benefits

Loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and nutrients – this smoothie is sure to uplift your mood and energy levels.

Goji Berries

Goji berries have become a hot commodity for those superfood lovers and add their own variety of health benefits to this smoothie. One study found that goji berries improved participants’ “energy levels, athletic performance, quality of sleep, ease of awakening, ability to focus on activities, mental acuity, calmness, and feelings of health, contentment, and happiness.” Goji berries also reduced stressed and improved gastrointestinal function in the same study. Not only that, goji berries are very high in antioxidants that help maintain eye, heart, and immune system health.

Strawberries

Anthocyanins, one flavonoid found in strawberries, has been linked to reducing the risk of heart attacks, lowering inflammation, fighting free radicals, and improving cholesterol levels. They also contain quercetin, another flavonoid that could help those who suffer from allergies by reducing the release of histamine that causes allergic responses. 

Strawberries also contain folate, which can help you increase the “feel good” hormones in your body, protect your aging brain, and help you maintain your cardiovascular health

Finally, the smoothie is topped with an extra boost of health benefits from foods like raspberries, acai berries, broccoli, spinach, and wheatgrass found in the Berry Green Superfood mix. If you have a hard time eating your greens, this is an easy and delicious way to incorporate them into your diet.

Parker Naturals Berry Superfood

Recipe:  

  • 2 tablespoons dried goji berries
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled
  • 1 cup Berry Green Superfood
  • 2 teaspoons honey, optional
  • 2 cups almond milk (optional, low-fat milk)
  • Ice

Directions: 

Place goji berries in a bowl with a tablespoon of water for 10-15 minutes to allow the berries to soften. Add all the ingredients to the blender and sweeten with a couple tablespoons of honey (optional). Blend until smooth.

Serve, enjoy, and prepare to have an amazing day! Drink this smoothie in the morning for a jumpstart on busy days or sip on it at lunch to give yourself any extra boost of energy and positivity. This smoothie is sweet, healthful, and easy to make. Remember, you can always add more berries if you want an extra touch of flavor! 

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18447631

https://www.verywell.com/the-scoop-on-anthocyanins-89522

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271285.php

http://www.umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/quercetin

Parker Naturals Berry Superfood


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