Purple power smoothie

Purple power smoothie really can be made in a jiffy if you have some berries and perhaps half a beetroot; the probiotic kefir will improve its benefits. It is naturally sweet and does not need much honey and certainly no sugar.

Purple power smoothie made from mulberries and beetroot.
  • A cup of purple berries
  • Half a small cooked beetroot
  • 1/4 banana
  • 1 cup of yoghurt or better still kefir
  • 1 tsp honey

Don't bother with quantities; just toss them in depending on how many people you are feeding. This is just a simple way to get some wonderful tasting and nutritious phytochemicals into our bodies.

Smoothies can be high in carbs; none of these are refined, so I'm not too concerned, but keep the banana down.

Use a tall mixing bowl for the stick blender.

  1. Snip the stalks off the mulberries and drop them into the bowl.
  2. Add the cooked beetroot.
  3. A small bit of banana.
  4. 1 cup of yoghurt or kefir.
  5. 1 tsp raw honey.

Blend it up, and serve. I added a few drops of fresh lime juice to give it a slightly piquant flavour. This really is a powerhouse.

Betalains and anthocyanins

The purple power comes from two phytochemicals called betalains and anthocyanins; you will find plenty of research on the net about their capacity to inhibit the growth of tumour cells. Adding more coloured foods to our diet enhances our wellness and helps prevent disease. Then there are also the cartenoids, another class of phytochemicals with over 600 members like lutein and the lycopenes[1].

They are incredibly important in preventing disease; they are the reason why those folk who eat just 7 coloured foods every day have a massive 33% lower all cause of death; we aim for 15 without getting neurotic and legalistic about it.

In any event purple power smoothies like this taste so good.

Carbohydrate

Raised blood glucose is the devil and it is caused by refined carbohydrate; and to a lesser extent by simple sugars which would include your honey.

These are all completely unrefined so you need be less concerned, but if you are prediabetic always take a short walk straight after a starchy meal. Just ten minutes would be good.

Remember that half the diabetics are walking the streets undiagnosed; raised blood glucose is the underlying cause of a great many strokes and heart attacks.

Kefir

Everybody, yes, every single person should regularly be eating a fermented food; the research on the importance of the microbiome on our well-being is profoundly strong.

That could be sauerkraut or kimchi, even unpasteurised yoghurt, but we find the kefir benefits the easiest to get hold of; you can prepare it in just five minutes several mornings a week, and it is perfect in your purple power smoothie.

Don't take them in pills; they rarely have more than 4 or 6 different bacteria, and your kefir has over 30.

It is quite sour, so the smoothie softens the taste that some find repugnant. I love it.

Natural Honey

Once honey has been processed by the food industry it is little better than sugar; the very important enzymes are denatured by heating.

There is nothing simple about getting unprocessed food but if you can find a small local beekeeper the chances are good that you can find natural raw honey.

Take you own bottles and see if you can fill them straight from the settling tank before it is processed in any way. It keeps so there is no reason not to get a whole year's supply. It will probably set and form nice smooth crystals like that above.

Better still, do your family and the planet a big favour by having a few hives in the back garden. Keeping bees is profoundly interesting and will make a huge difference to the pollination of all your fruit and vegetables.

Purple power smoothie

Purple power smoothie is a simple way to get more phytochemicals. Use whatever is in season; right now it is Spring and there is an abundance of berries and the beets are in their prime.

In the Winter we would be making butternut smoothies and in summer using kale, or some other green food.

Dinkum, it takes only five minutes to seriously improve the well-being of the whole family once you have picked the berries and have some cooked beets or butternut on hand.

  1. Bernard Preston
  2. Power of purple foods
  3. Purple power smoothie
  1. The Carotenoids of Various Berries

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