Power-Packed Smoothies for a Healthy New Year

When cold weather sets in, it’s time to focus on smoothies that are brimming with antioxidants. These heroes of the nutritional world protect and repair our cells and keep our immune systems strong.

Choosing fruits and veggies that are high in antioxidants is as easy as A, B, C: Antioxidants = Bright Colors. Think sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and beets, cooked for the best blending, as well as berries: cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. Bright green spinach, yellow mangoes, red peppers, purple grapes – let your eyes be your guide as you shop the produce and frozen food aisles.

Nuts, flaxseed, and chia seeds are high in antioxidants, but also in fats; so add them in smaller amounts: a handful of nuts, a tablespoon of seeds. They should be added to the Vitamix container on top of all your other ingredients for optimal blending. Try these smoothie recipes, packed with antioxidants, for a perfect start to a happy, healthy New Year!

Triple Berry Smoothie
Strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries blend with low-fat vanilla yogurt to create this sweet smoothie with a beautiful lavender hue.

All Green Smoothie
It’s so easy going green with this sweet and delicious combination of fruits, veggies, and leafy greens.

Banana Blueberry Orange Smoothie
Kids love the delightful purplish color of this refreshing snack! Just add ice to turn it into a delicious sorbet.

Berry Delicious Smoothie
Strawberries, blueberries and cranberries give this smoothie a bright lavender color, while banana and pineapple round out the flavor.

Glowing Green Smoothie
Kim Snyder's Glowing Green Smoothie filled with healthy greens like lettuce and spinach, and sweetened with apples and pears, is a great way to start your day.