In honor of breast cancer awareness month and my love of green smoothies, I set out to develop a PINK smoothie that is packed with phytonutrients and cancer-fighting compounds. This smoothie does the trick and it still has that oh-so-healthy green smoothie taste thanks to the red cabbage. Here are the star ingredients:
Red Cabbage: Cabbage is a member of the cruciferous vegetable family along with broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts. Cruciferous vegetables have been shown to be protective against certain cancers and the high levels of glucosinolates in red cabbage are specifically breast cancer-preventive! Red cabbage is a great vegetable to add to your berry smoothies to keep the color bright!
Strawberries: Like all berries, strawberries are loaded with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, which protect cells from cancer. Because strawberries are going out of season, use frozen, organic berries, which are picked in their prime and retain their nutrients. Conventional strawberries may contain high amounts of pesticides so be sure to choose organic for optimal cancer-fighting nutrition.
Apple: An apple a day has long been advocated as the best way to keep the doctor away and one reason this may be true is a powerful group of antioxidants called procyanidins. Found in the skin of apples (as well as red wine and cocoa), cyanidins trigger a series of signals that results in cancer cell death.
Kombucha: While we have yet to research any effect kombucha tea may have on cancer outcomes, we do know that the probiotic content of kombucha tea has been shown to support the immune system as well as the absorption and utilization of vitamins and minerals. This recipe calls for Hibiscus kombucha, but you can use any flavor you like – just choose one that will keep your smoothie pink!
- 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt (if you’re dairy-free, use 1 scoop protein powder + 1/2 cup coconut milk)
- 1 red delicious organic apple, cored
- 1 cup frozen organic strawberries
- 1 cup red cabbage
- 1/4 cup Hibiscus kombucha
- 2 medjool dates
- 1 cup filtered water
- pinch of sea salt
- Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend until smooth