Aronia Smoothie

AroniaI love my aronia smoothies!! 😀 These have been the perfect addition to my diet! They are so tasty and satisfying, I just had to share them with you!

The best thing about these smoothies is their health benefits! Aronia berries are fast becoming a popular new super food…and for good reason! These tiny berries are LOADED with antioxidants! I would love to give you proof of their high ORAC (antioxidant) value, but the wonderful USDA felt that antioxidants and polyphenols have nothing to do with promoting health, so they removed all of the ORAC documentation from their site. So I guess you are just going to have to trust me that they ARE good for you and very beneficial. 😉 Here is a link to a study I found done by a university in Croatia…the results are amazing!

I could go on and on and on about the buzz on aronia berries. They are anti inflammatory, help regulate blood pressure, aid in digestion, fight against bacteria and viruses such as ones that cause cold and flu, and tons of other stuff. However you look at it, these are wonderful berries to add to your diet! 😉

So now that you have the whys, here is the hows… 🙂 Bring on the recipe!

You will need:

aronia smoothie ingredients

  • 1 cup nut milk (or 1 cup water with 1 TBSP almond butter)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup frozen (or fresh) aronia berries
  • 1-2 cups fresh spinach depending on preferred taste (or 1 cup fresh kale)
  • coconut water kefir (optional)
  • 1-2 brazil nuts (optional, for selenium)

This is the easiest recipe ever recorded… 😛

Measure out your nut milk into the blender container to save dirtying measuring cups.

aronia smoothie nut milk

Then add in the rest of the ingredients. (In the picture I was using kale that I had frozen in order to make it last longer, that’s why it looks a bit different)

aronia smoothie in the blender

Blend on high until it is smooth and a pretty purple/pink color.

aronia smoothie blended

Finally, pour and enjoy!

aronia smoothie

How many of you have tried aronia berries? Did you know that they are native to the midwest and super easy to grow?? We are seriously considering planting some! 😀

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Sources:

http://www.academia.edu/1009136/Antioxidant_activity_and_polyphenols_of_Aronia_in_comparison_to_other_berry_species

http://www.agmrc.org/commodities__products/fruits/aronia-berries-profile/

http://voices.yahoo.com/10-benefits-aronia-berry-1659891.html

http://blueberrycroft.com/blog/2011/09/health-benefits-of-aronia-berries-commonly-called-chokeberries/

 

Comments

  1. Pille @ Nami-Nami says:

    Amy, I love aronia berries and make smoothies regularly. My recipe is slightly different: http://nami-nami.blogspot.com/2009/09/chokeberry-aka-black-aronia-and-kephir.html

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