Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Antioxidants and The Color Purple

You are on the internet, so you know about antioxidants and the "super foods" that contain them.

It is known that antioxidants shield cells from damage by free radicals via some complicated chemical action.    We are led to believe that antioxidants' cell level action by extension protect us against cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's disease. It is a buzz word on food packages (being currently over taken by "gluten free")

Or maybe that is a lot of hype.

I am distressed to have food label buzzwords brought into doubt.  Oh, well,  antioxidants are slowly but surely being replaced by gluten free.

Anyway, the antioxidant foods are generally high in fiber and low in bad fat and cholesterol.  That can't be a bad thing.  And if you eat them, you are getting some good vitamins.

And I don't care so much about scientific studies.  When I drink this smoothie, I can actually feel the antioxidants forming an army to protect me at that cellular level.

I know that I gag at the very sight of those green drinks, but I have no problem whatsoever with this purple one:
Yummy!

I make it in my blender with yogurt, a handful of frozen blueberries, a teaspoon of chia seeds and another of flax seeds, and about a half cup of acai juice.  I always think I should have thrown in a bit of honey, but I always forget, and maybe a little sweetness would make me feel less virtuously healthy.


20 comments:

Muffie said...

Sounds good! I actually don't mind drinking the green ones, as long as there's fruit in it. The plain veggie ones are a bit strong. And -- I agree about the buzzwords.
Peace,
Muff

Muffy's Marks said...

uhhhhhhh, not quite sold on the idea of drinking my food!! But if it makes you feel better, have at it!!!

Margaret said...

In California its all about kale. Try some inyour smoothie. It will make it a horrible color but you won't taste it.

Eileen said...

Looks very yummy! I've not had acai juice but have heard it is supposed to be good for you.

Enjoy!

Kay said...

Purple is my favorite color and this looks yummy.

Arkansas Patti said...

Love smoothies and they do make me feel a bit righteous in my choice. I never add honey, the fruit is sweet enough.
Sometimes I think these studies are paid for by the people who grow purple things but like you said, fiber and no fat are enough of a sell.

gigihawaii said...

I enjoy blueberry-orange juice smoothies. Throw in a banana, too. Yum.

Olga said...

I read recently that celiac disease is trendy among Hollywood celebrities. Good grief. What is the world coming to?

Olga said...

It is actually very satisfying.

Olga said...

Green drink, kale. Not convinced. I would have to be blindfolded or forced under threat of bodily harm.
Kale is very popular in VT as well. I would eat it in a salad.

Olga said...

Even though i am skeptical about claimed health benefits, I shop at the health food store often.

Olga said...

Sometimes I make it so thick that it is like soft serve ice cream.

Olga said...

Smoothies are on my list whenever I don't want to think about food but am still hungry--quick, easy, and satisfying. Mike will not touch them. He just eats the fruit in its natural state.

Olga said...

I like the strawberry-orange-banana combination, too. VT strawberries were a bust this year though--too much rain. They rotted in the field.

Kc W said...

It does look good and I am with you on the buzz words! Gluten free has even worked its way into pet food. Really?????

Sextant said...

Your drink sounds yummy compared to the green varieties. I am not convinced that it looks any better though. I don't get visions of liver consomme with the green drinks. Probably best to just close one's eyes and enjoy.

Olga said...

I have a friend with celiac disease and it is not something I would wish on anyone. Why it is "trendy" is beyond me.

Olga said...

Liver consomme--THanks!! It will take a good long tome for me to get that image out of my head.

Linda Reeder said...

I drink my breakfast, which is skim milk, Slimfast powder, tofu, blueberries and banana blended into a smoothie. I have that because I like it, it keeps me going all morning, and it keeps me from eating other stuff. The fact that it's also healthy is a bonus.
I do not shop at health food stores, and don't follow food fads. If something i already eat is pronounced a miracle food, that makes me happy. but i know by next month something else will take it's place or some other study will prove it false. We just eat a very well balanced diet.

fiftyodd said...

There's nothing more misleading than the hype about eggs. My brother-in-law has worked with farmers all his life. 'Organic' - probably containing more germs than factory eggs. 'Free range' - the hens are allowed out of their confinement for 20 minutes a day.