Prunes, plums, beets, and blueberries give this nutrition-packed purple smoothie its beautiful hue and great flavor. Get blending!
This purple (well, strictly speaking, magenta) beauty was just too gorgeous to not have its portrait taken. It’s one I chucked together from ingredients I had lying about – and purple was most definitely the theme with the inclusion of blueberries, beetroot, dark red plums and prunes. Talk about a power pack of health-promoting anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatories all in one drink!
This smoothie recipe is completely flexible. However, to reap the benefits of purple power and the beneficial anthocyanins they include, do your best to include at least three purple ingredients – other possibilities include purple carrots, cauliflower and cabbage, blackberries and blackcurrants, black grapes and cherries. To that, you can include any other ingredients you like – I tossed in some chia seeds, ground linseeds, broccoli, walnuts, coconut water and almond milk. The possibilities are endless really.
- 2 small plums or 1 large one, stoned and chopped roughly
- Half a cup blueberries frozen or fresh
- Half a beet or 1 small one, peeled and chopped roughly
- Half a cup raw broccoli
- Half a cup coconut water or mineral water
- Half a cup almond milk
- 2 pitted prunes for sweetness
- Optional extras: Any extra seeds nuts and spices you like (I added 1 tsp chia seeds, 3 whole walnuts and a pinch of cayenne pepper)
- Combine all the ingredients in a high-powered blender and blitz. If the smoothie is too thick, add more water or almond milk.
- Serve and enjoy.
I'm Susan - food lover from the best little country in the world - New Zealand. I'm an 'accidental' cook who fell into it, hook, line and sinker when I turned the big 5-0. Not exactly sure why it happened; perhaps some previously defunct piece of DNA came good. Anyhow, I'm making up for lost time and spending countless hours in the kitchen cooking up a storm. Desserts are my Archilles heel, followed closely by good old-fashioned baking - it's good for the soul; not so much for the waistline!