Well, it seems red is the new green! WebMD has a great article about the benefits of red foods. I will point out that I think it's important to get a color-balanced diet, but it's fun to experiment sometimes!
Since I'm in my third-trimester, I'm trying to focus on getting Omega-3s for baby brain development. For non-pregnant people, they can offer anti-inflamatory benefits, help with arthritis, asthma, etc. Being a non-fish eater I only use flax to get my omegas.
I was at Target the other day and came across a 'red power' smoothie drink. It was quite expensive, but I wasn't going to be home anytime soon and was craving something sweet. I turned it around, and they were nice enough to give me the recipe!
Wahoo! Guess who's making smoothies?!? A quick trip to the grocery store rounded out my supplies (I had the flax, grapes and bananas on hand).
Since I wanted to make a giant batch of juice, I tweaked the recipe. I ended up using:
- 20 red seedless grapes
- 2 bananas
- 3 red delicious apples
- 2 naval oranges
- 1/2 small bottle POM juice
- 1/2 small bag frozen strawberries
- 1/2 small bag frozen raspberries
- 1 cup 100% apple/cranberry juice
- 5 tbsp ground flaxseed meal
I put as much fruit in the blender that would fit! Then, after it reduced, I added the remaining ingredients (except the flax seed).
I wasn't sure how 'gritty' the smoothie would be, so I thought I may strain it before adding the flax. Since there weren't any seeds, the mix was very 'smoothie-esque' so I went ahead and added the ground flax. It's very finely ground, so it's not like you have seeds in your drink. If you had a really watery juice you may notice it, but in a smoothie it practically disappears.
I ended up with a full pitcher of the juice. It's slightly tart, but not cranberry juice tart. I had some fresh watermelon on hand I thought about adding, but it's so delicious raw that I didn't want to waste it! It would definitely be a good addition if you like a more sweet juice.
I wasn't brave enough to add any red veggies (beets, rhubarb, etc.)... maybe next time!
What red juices have you tried? What are your favorite fruits/veggies to spruce up a smoothie?