To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised at the great taste of this green smoothie! Normally, I am not a huge fan of red cabbage, but I had some lying around in my fridge and thought I would give it a shot. My children especially love the vivid, bright purple color, and I think the color actually encourages them to drink more of it!
The Health Benefits of Red Cabbage
Red cabbage contains an extensive amount of health benefits. For example, medical studies have found that the regular consumption of red cabbage will lower your cholesterol, improve your cardiovascular health, and protect your body against certain types of cancer.
Red cabbage is also going to provide your body with an excellent source of Vitamin A, beta carotene, and Vitamins C and K. Additionally, red cabbage also contains a considerable amount of iron and manganese. It is better for you to use raw red cabbage. When you cook cabbage, it tends to reduce the amount of nutritional benefits it has to offer.
Green Smoothie Recipe With Red Cabbage
To make a green smoothie with red cabbage, you’ll need to make sure you have the following ingredients on hand:
- 2 cups red cabbage, chopped
- 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 2 medium bananas, peeled
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds, soaked for about 10 minutes
- 4 to 6 ounces of filtered water
All of these ingredients should be added to your blender one at a time and blended together until smooth. Just as a side not, when it is possible, you should opt for fresh, organic blueberries, instead of frozen ones, because they tend to offer more nutritional benefits.
Nutritional Benefits of This Green Smoothie
A single cup of this green smoothie is only going to contain 410 calories, which makes it a great option for a low calorie snack at any time of the day. This green smoothie is also a great source of B Vitamins, Vitamin K, copper, and manganese. If you need any more convincing to try out this green smoothie, here are a few more nutritional facts that you might want to consider:
- Fat: 4g
- Protein: 7g
- Carbohydrates: 97g
- Fiber: 21.5g (72% RDA)
- Calcium: 18% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
- Iron: 3.6mg
- Vitamin A: 107% RDA
- Vitamin C: 195% RDA