Looking for a simple yet satisfying smoothie recipe, packed with a ton of beauty benefits? Well, you’re in luck! Today I’m sharing the recipe for my Lean and Clean Blueberry Acai Smoothie, that you’re sure to love.
The stars of this recipe are a powerful antioxidant duo – blueberries and acai berries. These two fruits boast bold purple and blue hues, and are just as good for you as they are beautiful to look at! Yes, your smoothie routine is about to get an upgrade ;)
The Very Merry Blueberry
One word comes to mind whenever I think of blueberries: antioxidant. Antioxidants are compounds that fight free-radicals, and help your body to stop and prevent cell damage and inflammation.
Free-radicals have been linked to aging, cell damage, wrinkles, inflammation and disease. So, if your goal is to stay healthy and beautiful inside and out, antioxidants should be a key part of your diet.
On the outside the vibrant blue color of these berries is due to an antioxidant called anthocyanin. When eaten, this compound helps strengthen your eyes and vision, and supports beautiful skin!
Additionally, blueberries contain a special group of antioxidants that are called carotenoids and flavonoids. Brimming with these powerful antioxidants, the berries work to destroy potentially aging free-radicals in a mighty way.
Fiber & Vitamins
These delightful berries are high in fiber, which provides roughage to the digestive tract. Because blueberries are a natural source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, they help promote ongoing cleansing. As a result, this helps to keep us lean, clean and healthy!
Furthermore, research has found that blueberries are also are super rich in vitamin C, for beautiful skin and bright eyes. Blueberries also contain vitamins A, B, C and E; copper, iron, selenium, zinc and phosphorus! They’re all-around packed with beauty-building nutrients!
Acai: The Ultimate Beauty Food
Oh boy, I could talk all day about the benefits of acai berries! This gorgeous Amazonian fruit provides powerful detoxification to the body, is super high in antioxidants, and is chock-full of fiber and minerals.
In fact, acai berries contain nearly twice the antioxidant amount of blueberries. Not to mention, acai berries are also naturally sugar-free!
Just take a peek at some of the amazing benefits in acai berries:
Packed with superfood nutrition and antioxidants (anthocyanins, polyphenols, vitamins A, C and E)
Provides healthy omegas and vital nutrients
Contains the perfect combination of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats (linoleic acid, palmitic acid and oleic acid)
Provides trace minerals and essential nutrients (like iron, calcium, copper and zinc)
Has powerful detoxification capacities in the human body
Alleviates digestive problems like bloating and constipation
Cleanse and Reset
It’s no wonder I named this a “lean” and “clean” blueberry acai smoothie. The fiber content of these little berries acts as a natural colon cleanser, helping to alleviate constipation and clear out our guts. In essence, this prevents foods from fermenting in the intestines, which leads to dreaded symptoms like bloating, constipation, and gas.
Want to learn more about acai? Check out my podcast episode dedicated to this little fruit!
Side note: If you’re wondering where to find acai for your smoothie, just check out the frozen section of your local grocery store. My favorite brand is the Sambazon Unsweetened Acai Smoothie Packets—made from organic, fair-trade acai, wild-harvested from the heart of the Amazon! (They come in individual frozen packets, which make for effortless smoothie prep.)
So, I hope you enjoy trying out my Lean and Clean Blueberry Acai Smoothie! Let me know if you try out the recipe and how you feel sipping on this lovely beauty drink :)