Snack Today: Purple Smoothie

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purple-smoothieMove over green smoothie, here comes the purple smoothie. Combining red cabbage with blueberries makes this smoothie a pretty purple color! It also makes it very nutritious and delicious.

Red cabbage is full of heart-healthy benefits like its cruciferous cousins kale, Brussels sprouts and broccoli. The anthocyanins in red cabbage are powerful antioxidants, and it’s also a great source of fiber, vitamins C and B6, potassium and manganese.

Blueberries are bursting with vitamin C, antioxidants, fiber and manganese, helping to keep our cardiovascular and immune systems supercharged. Blueberries are great frozen, especially in smoothies because it helps make them extra creamy.

And if you don’t have certain items, don’t rush out to get them. Get creative with what you have on hand today.

Purple Smoothie

• 1 cup plain kefir (or any yogurt)
• 2 tsp maple syrup (or agave or honey, or none at all if you prefer it a little less sweet)
• 1 cup chopped red cabbage
• 1 Tbsp chia seeds (or flax seeds or hemp seeds)
• 1/4 tsp ginger powder
• 1/8 tsp almond extract
• 3/4 cup  frozen blueberries

Place all ingredients in the order listed into a blender and blend until smooth.  If the purple smoothie is too thick, blend in additional kefir or water. Pour into a glass and serve.

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