For many folks, a plant-based diet sounds good...until you’re handed that first cup of green liquid slop. We’re really into green smoothies at Healthy Truth—but we get it. They’re not for everyone. Mixed with plain water, a couple of the ingredients in the average supergreens smoothie can smell a little like pond water and taste kinda like your lawn. A few natural sweeteners and fruits are often enough to turn the tables.
But sometimes you’ve got to GO RED!
GO RED With Superfruit Juice
The healthy truth is that you don’t need to eat grass and algae to enjoy the benefits of a plant-based diet. You can pack your juice with all the antioxidants and electrolytes you need to perform at your best in a scrumptious elixir of superfruits, instead! In a red superfruit juice, the stars of the show are typically a few of these titans among fruit (with flavor to match):
- Acai: These Brazilian palm tree berries are famous for having the highest total antioxidant capacity (TAC) of any fruit on earth, mainly due to the anthocyanins that give them their deep purple color.
- Acerola: The fragrant, bright red “Barbados cherry” originated in southern Mexico and the Caribbean islands. Acerola is an astringent (like witch hazel) and a mainstay remedy in folk medicine for indigestion, dysentery, colds, coughs, and liver illnesses (1).
- Baobab: In Africa, the tree that bears this gargantuan fruit is also called the “tree of life.” Baobab fruit has a delicious, citrusy flavor and a rich profile of immunity-boosting nutrients (such as vitamin C, vitamin B6, niacin, potassium, and iron).
- Camu Camu: These sour, cherry-colored super berries hail from the Amazon rainforest. They’ve got an enormous supply of vitamin C and contain ellagic acid in their pulp—a powerful anti-inflammatory (2).
- Goji: These festive red berries have been harvested in the Himalayas since ancient China. Goji berries are one of the most nutritionally-dense fruits in the world—a stupendous source of protein, fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and complex carbs!
- Mangosteen: Originally from Southeast Asia, this purple fruit with juicy white flesh is low in calories but extremely high in vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.
- Maqui: The Mapuche Indians of Chile have used these purple berries as a medicinal food for centuries—and no wonder. They’ve been shown to reduce inflammation, control blood sugar, boost heart health, and may even have anti-cancer or anti-aging effects (3, 4).
Exotic ingredients like these are not only healthy—they make a sweet, tart, and spectacular-tasting superfruit juice. Many red smoothie recipes will complement them with more well known (but also healthy and tasty) fruits like blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and pomegranates.
The real secret to the perfect red fruit smoothie is to team them up. Blend a variety of fresh ingredients (and your favorite superfood-rich red juice powder) to combine their healthful effects into a superfruit smoothie.
Pack the whole shebang into a single scoop!
Fresh ingredients taste great. Some of these superfruits can be hard to come by in a typical grocery run, though. Instead of spending your time hunting for the baobab and mangosteen aisles, one easy solution is to use a red juice powder that’s got 15 superfruits and superfoods in every serving.
Drop a scoop of our GO RED Superfruit Juice Powder into your strawberry smoothie, cranberry juice, or just plain water. As Emeril Lagassé would say, “BAM!” You’ve just dialed up a simple drink with organic, body-boosting goodness and no added sugars!
Superfruit juice doesn’t have to be complicated. You can keep it simple without compromising on taste—or on total body wellness.