Triple Berry Smoothie

MAKES ABOUT 3 3/4 CUPS • PREP TIME: 5 minutes • COOK TIME: not applicable

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.

1 cup organic plain yogurt
1 cup water
1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1 teaspoon, honey, or Grade A Dark Amber 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.

STORAGE: Store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for 2 days. Shake well again before serving.

Photo Credit: Scott Peterson

Reprinted with permission from The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery. Copyright © 2009, 2017 by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson, Ten Speed Press, a division of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA.