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Antioxidant-Rich Smoothie

Antioxidant-Rich Smoothie

Serves: 2

Category: Smoothies, Blended Salads and Juices
Author: Marian Fanok
Tags: Anti-Cancer/High Micronutrient

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A smoothie is a great way to get your day off to a healthy start. This popular recipe combines greens, berries, pomegranate juice, seeds and even some avocado, all in one glass!

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4 cups baby spinach
4 cups romaine lettuce
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 Medjool date or 2 regular dates, pitted (see note)
2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
1/2 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled


Blend all ingredients together in a high-powered blender until smooth and creamy.

Note: For diabetic or weight loss diets, omit the dates.

Calories 290; Protein 6 g; Carbohydrates 52 g; Sugars 35 g; Total Fat 9.7 g; Saturated Fat 1.2 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 73 mg; Fiber 12.1 g; Beta-Carotene 8362 ug; Vitamin C 56 mg; Calcium 152 mg; Iron 4.1 mg; Folate 330 ug; Magnesium 125 mg; Potassium 1298 mg; Zinc 1.4 mg; Selenium 3.9 ug

Comments (24):



07/15/2006 02:55 PM

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Very delicious. Since I didn't have pomegranate juice, I had to use a little apple juice and I only used 2 dates for 1 serving. I also thought there was a banana in the recipe, so I added one. But, still very yummy. I kept the avocado optional and I ate flaxseeds with my breakfast smoothie so had to pass here, but the basic framework is still excellent.


12/26/2008 11:26 AM

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Our family had these for breakfast this morning. I replaced the spinach with Kale, because that is what we had in the house. And left out the avocado. Yummy!!! I had to thin my 2 year olds smoothie, as it was too thick for him to suck up at straw. Everyone enjoyed these. We had green smiles around the table! ha ha...


09/22/2011 12:53 PM

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I just made it with some 100 cranberry juice. did not use so much spinache. I just LovED it. We use this every morning now. My husband takes it too. Actually it is a treat instead of a healty thing.


12/29/2011 04:38 PM

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making this tomorrow for breakfast, and may modify it as I like with other fruits... do wish there was a listing of content for protein and fiber and sugar, etc...


12/29/2011 10:17 PM

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Annie H, not a bad idea. But it is the whole thing in a healthy diet that is the point, I'm sure. Emphasis is not on counting numbers of fiber, that makes it too complicated, I guess.

Haven't made it yet, but I presume that fresh berries are OK, too.


12/31/2011 10:16 AM

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What do people use to thin this? I cut the recipe in 1/2 for one serving and I ended up with a thick paste. I had to add almost a cup of soy milk to make it drinkable. The taste was just fine, but hated adding the calories. I dont think water would have added the same nice texture that the soy milk did?


01/02/2012 06:29 PM

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Before coming here to ETL I have always made my smoothies with water and they taste great. You can always use water instead soy, almond mil or juices. Less calories but the juices coconut water etc do add nutrition you need.


01/11/2012 07:42 AM

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Is this ok for diabetics?


01/14/2012 05:23 PM

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I followed this recipe exactly and it was delicious! It was perfect...did not need thinning. The key is to "juice" the spinach and romaine; then place the "green juice" in blender with other ingredients. It is important to use these recipes with an open mind and to try products that you typically don't like...or at least think you don't. It is amazing how well the flavors blend together and you might find you can tolerate or even enjoy foods you didn't previously like. Part of the success of this way of eating is to expand and use a multitude of fruits and vegetables to increase your "nutrients". So try when you can to stay true to the ingredients. Love it!


01/27/2012 11:40 PM

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I did not have an avocado on hand, and substituted a frozen banana. Tasted great.

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12/11/2016 11:03 AM

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Good idea, going to try a banana  next time!   Once I got past the smell, I found the taste was pretty good.  I did have to thin mine with coconut water, think I might have used too much spinach.


This reply was last edited on 12/11/2016 11:06 AM


07/18/2012 10:48 AM

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I make this one all the time, but today I was short a
couple ingredients. I had no avocado, so sub banana.
And had no pom juice, so sub papaya juice. Know what?


02/04/2013 07:14 PM

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This was awesome. I did exactly what the recipe calls for and it came out great. Loved it!!


11/23/2013 11:55 AM

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This is great! I used water to thin it.


12/20/2013 10:19 AM

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I give this 5 stars because it's a very flexible recipe. Sometimes when I change the ingredients the results aren't this good.
This was yummy. Because I have to watch sugar, I didn't use as much fruit, and I ran out of blues, so I used raspberries instead. I used coconut water instead of pom juice, and only had a small banana (no avocado). I used 3 dates instead of 4. As far as the seeds go, my brand has hemp+flax seed, with garlic, rosemary and parsley. I used 2 teaspoons because I cannot tolerate the garlic in the recommended 3 tablespoons! Perhaps I will learn to tolerate it, but I put flaxseed oil to make up for it. Not a bad way to start the AM!
This comment was last edited on 12/20/2013 10:21 AM

Elaine Garces

01/10/2014 12:51 PM

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Very good recipe! I think this is one of those everyone will like ... Next time I'm adding unprocessed cocoa powder!


01/26/2014 05:12 PM

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Wonderful way to have all you green leafy vegetables. I used raspberries and they gave the smoothie a sweet-tart taste. I added more ice and water to thin down.


02/08/2014 10:10 AM

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I used frozen cherries instead of strawberries and a leafy green Super Greens mixture of kale, spinach, chard, arugula, etc. Could definitely taste the greens due to the bitterness of the arugula but I liked it. Also only used 2 dates but added some vanilla almond milk because the consistency was too thick.


08/07/2014 01:51 PM

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I would give this one 5 stars. I made it just as the recipe said, and it was FABULOUS! I've got a new favorite!
This comment was last edited on 08/07/2014 01:52 PM


09/29/2014 09:55 AM

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I brew a large pot of tea (oolong or green) and add a bag of mint tea to it (you could also use fresh mint leaves), ice it and keep it in the fridge to use for making smootihies. The tea is full of healthful anitoxidents and the mint is a refreshing and flavorful addition. It's a great, no calorie base for smoothies and would be perfect to thin this one if needed. The tea is also a fabulous base for a chocolate, mint, banana, nut smoothie--no milk needed (I also add greens).
To echo what someone else said, try to be open to trying ingredients you don't think you will like. I thought it sounded awful to put avocado in a fruit smoothie but you can't even taste it--it just make it nice and creamy--delicious and nutritious!!


09/29/2014 02:42 PM

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Haven't started yet. Would this count as a "meal"?, i.e. breakfast or lunch?


09/29/2014 03:23 PM

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yes, fluffysmommy ... I would count it as a meal

phil bacon

09/29/2014 07:33 PM

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Perfect mouth feel,like a fine homebrew,good,and good for yah!
I'm so thankful for these recipies, there's so much unneeded
sickness here in the Southern Appalachain's. Wow how do you run
spell check on this?
Peace Out.



09/30/2014 09:03 AM

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I didn't have dates or pomegranate juice, so I substituted figs and soy milk. Yummy!!!

In Brazil, avocado smoothies (typically with sugar and milk) are very common.
This comment was last edited on 09/30/2014 09:07 AM


09/01/2019 04:23 PM

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Made this today, delicious! It does come out thick but thinning with about a half cup of filtered water works. I added moringa powder, tart cherry powder, OM mushroom powder, and cranberry powder. Also some ground turmeric and a twist of black pepper. Please note with substitutions and additions - please keep them ETL compliant. Not much point using these recipes if you are going to add items that Dr. Fuhrman does not endorse. Even if the substitutions work well, if you aren't adding everything listed in the recipe this becomes a "not-quite-so-Antioxidant-Rich Smoothie."