Triple Berry Smoothie

A lot of people wonder why adding healthy items like flaxseeds to a decent-tasting smoothie destroys the taste. The answer is that the smoothie recipe didn’t take into account the items you’d want to add. The normal fix is to add a ton of sweetener, but I don’t agree with that approach, especially in recipes for cancer patients. But the berry blast of this smoothie plays well with the vital flax and whey. The abundant antioxidants make this smoothie one for the books.

Makes 3 3/4 Cups

1 cup organic plain yogurt
1 cup water
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup frozen strawberries 11/2 cups frozen blueberries 1/2 cup frozen raspberries 1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1 teaspoon, honey, or maple syrup

Combine the yogurt, water, and orange juice in a blender and process for a few seconds.

Add the strawberries and process until well blended, then add the blueberries, raspberries, flaxseeds, and agave nectar and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Variations: Add 1 tablespoon of unrefined virgin coconut oil for additional healthy fat and calories.

For more protein, add a scoop of whey protein powder.

Prep time: 5 minutes • Cook time: Not applicable storage: store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for 2 days. Shake well again before serving.

Per serving: Calories: 145; total Fat: 4.6 g (1.8 g saturated, 1 g monounsaturated); Carbohydrates: 24 g; protein: 4 g; Fiber: 5 g; sodium: 40 mg

(Photo Credit: Scott Peterson)

Reprinted with permission from The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery. Copyright © 2009 by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson, Ten Speed Press, a division of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA.