Indigo Blues Smoothie (Black Grape & Blueberry)

Indigo Blues Smoothie (Black Grape & Blueberry)

Indigo Blues Smoothie (Day 2 – Indigo)

This recipe is part of a series of colorful smoothie posts to celebrate Pride month.

When I named this smoothie yesterday, all I could hear was Jim Morrison singing Indigo blues, indigo blues, yeah!…..

Only to find out this morning that the lyrics are in fact Into your blues, into your blues, yeah!

I like my version better.

This smoothie is a nutritional bombshell. It’s got black grapes, frozen blueberries, banana, apple, spinach, oats, spirulina and water. It goes down like a popsicle on a sweltering day. However, the quantity of greens (spinach and spirulina) was probably a tad excess for a true indigo smoothie; so if you’re going for color, omit the greens altogether. If you’re going for energy, then leave them in!

I garnished this one with more frozen blueberries and some dried coconut – but you could leave those out too.

Recipe super-powers:

Grapes, anyone? Grapes, which come from the berry family, have been studied extensively for their cardiovascular protective properties (1,2). They’re full of antioxidants, specifically polyphenols (flavonoids & resveratrol), that have shown to reverse atherosclerosis by reversing the build-up of plaque in arteries. Because most of the polyphenols are present in the skin, the darker you go, the more health benefits you’ll reap (2)!

Note: Grape skins are prone to heavy pesticide residues; so either go organic when you can, or wash them thoroughly before using.

Indigo Blues - Black Grape & Blueberry smoothie

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Breakfast, Drinks, smoothie, Snack
Keyword: apple, banana, blueberry, grape, indigo, oats, spinach, spirulina
Servings: 3
Author: Mukta Gadkari

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1-2 cups black grapes organic if possible
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 small apple
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 tbsp spirulina optional

Instructions

  • Wash and prep all ingredients. 
  • Toss into the blender along with the water.
  • Blend slowly at first, then on high speed for 30 seconds. Add more water or ice-cubes if you'd like it thinner and blend again. 

Notes

Skip the spirulina if you'd like a deeper blue tint. 
Optional: Garnish with dried coconut and frozen blueberries.

References:

(1) Dohadwala, M. M. & Vita, J. A. (2009). Grapes and cardiovascular disease. In the Journal of Nutrition. 139(9). Retrieved from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2728695/. 

(2) Murray, M., Pizzorno, J., & Pizzorno, L. (2005). The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods. New York, NY: Atria Books.



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