The Best Antioxidant Foods

7.19.2019

Here’s the ultimate list of antioxidant foods, along with antioxidant benefits + all natural supplements in the form of fun smoothie cubes!

A lot of health and wellness experts like throw around words like antioxidant… but what does it mean and why do I need it? After experiencing several members in my family battle cancer more than once, I started researching antioxidant foods and how foods high in antioxidants can help not only keep me healthy, but fight for me too.

Best antioxidant rich foods

If you’re looking to up your intake of antioxidant rich foods, then take this list to the grocery store:

ArtichokesDark chocolatePomegranate
BeetsGoji berriesRaspberries
Black berriesKaleRed cabbage
BlueberriesOrange vegetablesRed grapes
CherriesPecansRed kidney beans
CranberriesPlumsStrawberries

(carrots, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, acorn squash)

Why we need antioxidants

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Antioxidant rich smoothies

Many people in the Simple Green Smoothies community come looking for how to easily incorporate foods high in antioxidants into their diets. So I’ve created several smoothies using these powerhouse ingredients:

While these are a great starting point to boosting your health, I’ve gone even deeper to bring you some supercharged smoothie cubes that are loaded with antioxidant foods.

How to use antioxidant foods in smoothies

The recipe below is for antioxidant smoothie cubes. I use smoothie cubes to boost target nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, healthy fat, and electrolytes as well as to aid in eliminating inflammation in my body. These cubes pack a whole lot of natural health into small rectangles, and are a great smoothie booster to have on hand.

To utilize various antioxidant foods, blend up the below recipe, pour into ice cube trays, then freeze. Once frozen, store in a freezer safe container. To use, simply replace 1/2 to 1 cup of fruit in your next smoothie with a few of these antioxidant cubes, and enjoy.

Give your smoothie a viscous boost of ruby red goodness with these our natural DIY antioxidant berry cubes you can make at home.

Some of the most vibrant of fruits and vegetables are ruby-hued beets, pomegranates, cranberries, strawberries, and cherries. Their beautiful colors come from being rich in antioxidants, which are vital to us aging more gracefully. (and I need all the help I can get right now!)

Do antioxidants help our body?

Absolutely! Antioxidants help protect against disease and illness by counteracting or protecting cells from damage done by free radicals. Free radicals are the toxic by-products of oxidation and damage healthy, living cells by creating “oxidative stress.”

Did you know that bright, jewel-toned fruits and vegetables are high in the antioxidant, anthocyanin. This antioxidant gives these foods their gorgeous color and may help improve eyesight, reduce inflammation, prevent certain cancers, lower blood pressure, and protect the liver.

The National Cancer Institute estimates that 95% of adults don’t consume enough red and orange vegetables. That’s pretty much ALL OF US! Let’s change that statistic right now! The addition of even just one red fruit or veggie into your day is beneficial.

With that said, these Antioxidant Berry Smoothie Cubes can help you do just that – blend everything up and freeze the concentrate to add to your daily smoothie.

Antioxidant Powerhouse: Beets

Beets are a little different than their anthocyanin counterparts. They contain betalain, the phytonutrient (phyto = plant), that fights disease and inflammation.

Betalain has been shown to be a powerful Phase II detoxifier in the body. It hooks onto toxins and makes it possible for your body to flush them out.

In addition to folate, beets contain iron, potassium, copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and vitamins B6 and C. The fiber in beets has been shown to be extra beneficial for the digestive system.

Bottom line: you should be eating (or blending!) beets on a regular basis.

Berries, Cherries, and Pomegranate

Berries are one of the best sources of anthocyanin. The vibrant or dark purples, fuchsias, reds, and oranges are jam-packed into these sweet, juicy fruits. Here’s a few that we’re using in the cubes…

Strawberries are very high in vitamin C and may even help lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol levels.

Cranberries are on of nature’s superfoods with the highest concentration of antioxidants. They are low in sugar and calories, high in fiber, and great for helping improve blood sugar levels. Cranberries help protect the urinary tract by helping prevent E.coli from adhering to the walls of the urinary tract. The antioxidants in cranberries provide anti-inflammatory benefits for UTIs and other ailments.

Cherries are one of my favorite summer fruits! The antioxidants in cherries provide many of the same benefits listed above. A special thing about cherries is that they are a natural source of melatonin, the hormone that helps regulate the body’s natural circadian rhythm. Cherries are anti-inflammatory and may improve memory and blood sugar regulation.

Pomegranate originated in modern day Iran and India and are one of the Plant Kingdom’s greatest sources of protective antioxidants. Studies are showing that drinking 100% pomegranate juice may help protect against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease like arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Pomegranate has three (three!!!!) times the amount of antioxidants of red wine and green tea.

As we wrap this up and dive into the actual recipe, I just want to make sure you understand how beneficial these smoothie cubes are for your body. Rather than buy supplements, turn your kitchen into a FARM-acy and have fun doing it! I really hope you enjoy this recipe…

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Antioxidant Berry Smoothie Cubes


  • Author: Lindsey Johnson
  • Prep Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x

Description

Take advantage of the antioxidant benefits found in red plant-based foods by making a batch of these tasty, nutrient-dense smoothie cubes.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup pitted cherries, sweet or tart
  • 1 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced (can sub raspberries)
  • 1 medium raw or cooked beet, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup raw cranberries*
  • 8 ounces bottle 100% pomegranate juice

Instructions

  1. Place ingredients into blender in order listed. Puree until smooth.
  2. Pour liquid into two standard 16-well ice cube trays. (Each well holds about 2 tablespoons liquid.)
  3. Freeze until solid. Remove from trays and store in an airtight, freezer-safe container for up to several months.
  4. To use add 4 cubes to replace 1/2-1 cup of fruit in your favorite smoothie recipe.

Notes

*1/2 cup 100% unsweetened cranberry juice

  • Category: Smoothie
  • Method: Blending
  • Cuisine: Healthy

Keywords: beet, beet smoothie, antioxidants, red foods, smoothie booster, berries

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Jo says:

    I love the idea of these cubes. Sometimes I buy fresh fruit and something happens and I forget to eat it and it goes bad. This is a great idea to just make a batch at one point and have it frozen. Can you whiz up frozen berries as well? And what about fresh spinach?

  2. Sally says:

    Oh how I lurve lurve lurve this brilliant idea.
    My biggest obstacle is gathering all the ingredients daily. I’m exhausted just thinking about it. Chronic Fatigue is such a drag.
    So far I have made a medium sized jar of the organic powder supplements I like to add. Such as Kakadu plum, kale, beetroot, spirulina, maca, turmeric, matcha and hemp seeds. One rounded
    teaspoon adds it all.
    This one and your Vit C cubes really take it up a notch. BIG THANK YOU.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jess says:

      So glad they’re able to make your smoothie making easier, Sally!

  3. Stephan says:

    This is going to be one of my favorites………….for sure. As for blue….how about white cauliflower, blue berries, cucumber peeled, pineapple, coconut water, flax seeds (ground or whole). It comes out blue, not really a deep blue, but blue !
    P.S. I like the popsicle idea !

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Stepha,

      Ooo that sounds like a great option! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  4. Christy says:

    The photography for this recipe is beautiful! I’m going to try these as healthy frozen popsicles.

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thank you Christy! We really do have an amazing photographer. Cannot wait for you to try these out.

  5. Olivia says:

    These look AMAZING. So useful and practical. Gonna whip up a batch this weekend. Thanks Jen!

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Thanks Olivia! Cannot wait for you to give them a try 🙂

  6. Jen Hansard says:

    So glad you’re digging the smoothie cubes Dani! I have a few more coming up since they’ve been such a hit! As for swapping these for the cranberries in the Cranberry Kale Smoothie, that’s the perfect way to do it! you’ll be supercharging that smoothie with waaaay more antioxidants and the flavor will still be delicious. I would say any recipe that has cherries, cranberries, pomegranate, beets and strawberries will work really well to swap these cubes in. Thanks for rawkin’ out with us!

  7. Dani Mitchell says:

    I’m not a big fan of beets, but after reading all those health benefits I think I’m gonna give this one a go. I love all the other ingredients, especially pomegranate juice. I’ve been on a kick with that lately. Do you think these would taste better in a certain smoothie? Like I’m thinking I could take the Cranberry Kale Smoothie https://simplegreensmoothies.com/recipes/cranberry-smoothie and swap out the cranberries for a few smoothie cubes. Would that work?

    • SGS Rawkstar Carissa says:

      Hey Dani,

      Yes that would totally work! This would definitely be great to use in a smoothie that has berries in it. That way it will be a super easy swap!

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