Purple Power Smoothie

By Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS, RD, LD and Jim Perko Sr., CEC, AAC

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The American Heart Association was pleased to report the findings of a recent study conducted by scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health in the United States and the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom. The results of a longitudinal study show that even at an early age, eating more blueberries and strawberries may reduce risk of a heart attack later in life up to 32 percent!

Whether fresh or frozen, these berries contain high levels of flavonoids that are believed to help dilate arteries, counter the buildup of plaque, and provide other cardiovascular benefits. Blueberries and strawberries are among the most abundant fruits in the United States, making them readily available too. Adding these fruits to your everyday diet is easy with this smoothie recipe. Cheers!

Makes 5 servings (Serving size: 1/2 cup)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened orange juice
  • 2 tsp agave nectar
  • 1/2 cup fat-free plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup extra-firm tofu
  • 1 tsp chia seed
  • 1 ripe banana

Directions

Place ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.