I love antioxidants, especially as a boost to my kids' immunity during cold and flu season. I pack extra ones in smoothies and love that even my pickiest eater, under 2, eats them up, when I know she wouldn't touch Vitamin E rich, antioxidant filled spinach if it was just sitting on her plate.
Topically, antioxidants are especially great in the summer as they help protect skin from sun and cell damage. We've had it in our seasonal specials - Hunny Ginger and our upcoming Pumpkin Pie body scrubs, as well as our always available Golden Pineapple scrub.
While blueberries, mangoes, papayas, and spinach have been my go to antioxidants in smoothies, this summer's World Cup got us hooked on Brazil's superfood, acai berries. They are espoused to be richer in antioxidants than blueberries and so we ventured to try it as a blueberry replacement in our smoothies. With the upcoming fall soccer season (insert here, is there really an off-season to soccer?), I thought I'd share one of our favorite acai smoothie recipes.
Package of frozen acai berries (~3.5 oz)
Handful of spinach
1 Tbsp Honey
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
Pineapple Juice (Amount depends on preferred consistency)
Blend until smooth!