Must-try antioxidant rich coconut water smoothie

Image credit: The Blender Girl

Tess Masters (aka The Blender Girl) is the creator of plant-based food blog Healthy Blender Recipes. This antioxidant-packed smoothie recipe comes from the LA-based Aussie’s debut cookbook The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks—100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes! (Ten Speed Press; $34.99). “I think of this powerful blend as a ‘field to shield’,” says Tess. “With the antioxidant weight of these ingredients, nothin’s gettin’ the better of you! The trio of orange zest, cinnamon and ginger taste absolutely incredible with the berries and elevate this smoothie from good to great. The açaí and maqui are optional but provide an invaluable boost, and I always include them. If you don’t add these superfoods or the spices, you may not need the dates. However you make it, this one’s got your back.”

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Serves 2

Ingredients

120ml coconut water

½ teaspoon probiotic powder

1 packet (100g) frozen açaí pulp, or 2 tablespoons dried açaí powder

2 teaspoons maqui powder

320g mixed fresh or frozen berries (1/2 cup each of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries)

85g red seedless grapes

1 ripe pear, skin on, cored and diced

½ teaspoon minced ginger (optional)

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)

½ teaspoon finely grated orange zest (optional)

125g ice cubes

1 chopped pitted date, soaked

Method

1 Throw everything into your blender and puree on high for 30 to 60 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Tweak the sweetness to taste.