Happy Friday Everyone and I hope you guys have had a solid week doing what you love. As Mackelmore says in one of his most recent songs… “Find what it is that you love and do that everyday and do that for the rest of your life and eventually… the world will change.”
If you caught my previous post on Instagram yesterday of part 1 of this creation. The wait is over! Here I have for you the finished smoothie creation in all of its glory. The highlight ingredient in this smoothie is the maqui berry (Aristotelia chilensis). It also goes the by name Chilean wineberry. The maqui berry is located in the lush tropical areas of Argentina and Chile.
What really attracted me to this ingredient was the color it lends in this elixir and the nutrient density of the berry. In fact, here are some interesting things about the maqui berry and what I believe makes it stand apart from the other popular exotic super-fruits throughout the world. I’m sure many of who are aware of the these names…. think goji, acai and camu camu.
If you ever wanted to know what gives Maqui that deep rich blue/purple color you can give credit to the anthocyanins. Anthocyanins is this potent anti-oxidant present in the fruit and helps fight oxidative stress and a host of other health benefits. Even more interesting is that when you compare maqui berry juice to freeze dried maqui berry powder. According to a study published in the journal Phytochemical Analysis.
They measured the anthocyanin content per 100 milligrams in fresh berry vs freeze dried powder. The freeze dried powder contained a staggering 212 mg per 100 mg compared to the fresh maqui berries containing only 138 mg per 100 mg. Pretty interesting… Huh!? (1)
Maqui berry also nourishes and benefits heart health thanks again to the anti-oxidant prowess of anthocyanins. Here was a neat study done by the Journal of Food Chemistry that focused on investigating the cardiovascular protective qualities of maqui in rats. What the study found was that the maqui extract protected the test animals from heart damage. (2)
Maqui Berry Burst Smoothie
-1 cup coconut water
-1 1/2 frozen banana
-1/2 cup frozen blueberries
-3 Tbsp Maqui Berry powder
-1 tsp ceylon cinnamon
-1 scoop Vega One or Vega Sport Vanilla
***Blend everything into a blender and relish the color in this smoothie!!***
Here is the exact Maqui Berry powder I used for this smoothie!
I will leave you with this quote…
“If you’ve lost your hustle. It’s because you aren’t in tune to why you’re doing it. ” -Gary Vaynerchuck