Need more nutrients in your diet? Drinks are the best way to get an extra zap of antioxidants! In this post, I’m sharing 7 of the best antioxidant drinks to make at home.
But there are just times when you might need that very efficient boost of benefits in your system, yes?
I’m talking about antioxidants like Carotenoids, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C (and many more). While most nutrient-dense foods contain a good dose of antioxidants, sometimes you need to go a little extra.
Whether you’re conditioning your body for an event, looking to have more energy, or adjusting to a hectic schedule…There could be many reasons you want to up your uptake of antioxidants.
And what better way than to drink them?
Below, I’m sharing the 7 best antioxidant drinks you can make in the comfort of your home (AKA not expensive) in addition to the many reasons why they’re so great for you. Cheers!
What Are The Top 5 Antioxidants?
Here are five of the most potent and popular antioxidants (and food sources you can get them from):
|Carotenoids (Beta Carotene and Lycopene)||cantaloupe, carrots, kale, pumpkin, tomatoes, watermelon, apricots, asparagus|
|Vitamin C||Leafy greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, grapefruit, oranges, strawberries, sweet potatoes, bell peppers|
|Vitamin E||almonds, avocado, leafy greens, peanuts, red peppers, sunflower seeds|
|Astaxanthin||fish, seafood, and algae such as krill, salmon, plankton|
|Phenolic compounds||Resveratrol (from wine, grapes, peanuts, berries), Anthocyanins (from blueberries, and strawberries), Catechins (from tea, cocoa, berries), Quercetin (from apples, red wine, onions)|
What Is The Most Powerful Antioxidant?
This feels like a million-dollar question, only cause it’s hard to name just ONE. There are a bunch of amazing antioxidants that vary in benefits, potency, and quantity. All lovey candidates, truly.
But if I reaaally have to pick one, it would be…anthocyanins!
Yeah, I know, you’re probably wondering what they heck is that? Anthocyanins are what give certain foods a purplish hue. And they’re found in especially high amounts in the beloved blueberry.
So high in facts, that scientists have ranked the blueberry 2nd in a U.S Department of Agriculture analysis of the antioxidant content of commonly used food.
Anyone else craving some blueberries right now? Drink them up in this protein smoothie!
What Drinks Are High In Antioxidants?
The drinks highest in antioxidants are generally blends or infusions of some sort. Generally I recommend the following:
- Smoothies (green, fruit, and protein smoothies)
- Juices (green and other pressed-fruit juices)
- Coffee (healthiest when it’s black)
I’ll be sharing my top 7 recipes for you to try below. It’s gonna be a fun, colorful selection! Wahoo!
What Juice Has High Antioxidants?
Lemon juice, my friends, is a tart and vibrant source of antioxidants. In fact, I’ve made a whole post on lemon water here.
What makes it rank so highly? So lemons are high in vitamin C, which helps reduce the risk of heart diseases and stroke. Another potent antioxidant found in lemons are polyphenols, which have promising studies happening in the realm of skin health, anti-aging, and weight loss.
How Can I Get Enough Antioxidants Everyday?
Here are some simple ways to make sure you get a healthy dose of antioxidants every day:
- Avoid store-bought items (Make meals and ingredients yourself as much as possible so you have control over content)
- Avoid processed food (usually in cans, bottles, etc.).
- Eat clean, whole food and add plenty of fruits and veggies to your diet
- Stick to healthy and clean sources of protein
- Avoid unhealthy cooking methods (deep-frying, microwaving, and using unhealthy oils in high temperatures that decrease the nutrient value of your food)
- Plan your meals. Did somebody say meal prep?
- Drink your nutrients!
What Are The Best Antioxidant Drinks?
Here are some of my favorite antioxidant concoctions. I hope you enjoy them as much as my family and I have!
I was the biggest skeptic when it came to smoothie bowls. (Why on earth would anyone pour it into a bowl and eat it with a spoon?!) After some research and this awesome recipe, I FELL IN LOVE.
They’re colorful, clean, and super easy, yummy, and fun! Try it with this recipe. Pure bliss in a bowl.
Packed with healthy fats and vitamin C, this smoothie will fill you up and boost your energy levels through the roof! If you’re worried about kale, I’m telling you this could be THE kale smoothie you’ll learn to love.
Two amazing superfoods in one drink you can whip up in 5 mins!? ‘Nuff said y’all.
I am an advocate of apple cider vinegar. So much so, I listed down 19 benefits. It’s great for weight loss, high in antioxidants, nutrients, minerals, and amino acids. It really is an elixir.
Make sure to always dilute this in water and if it tastes too strong, mix it with a teaspoon of honey.
Another superfood right here! Green tea is famously high in antioxidants, fat-burning properties, and brain-boosting benefits. There’s a reason why this tea has stood the test of time (and royalty).
Try switching your usual coffee green tea for an extra dose of weight loss and fat-burning benefits, especially if you’re trying to cut things off with morning joe.
This super thick and refreshing protein shake will surely fill and fuel you up for any kind of day! It’s a 5-minute recipe, filled with healthy fats, protein, carbs, and antioxidants.
It won’t leave you hungry and can help with muscle repair, so it’s perfect for breakfast or a post-workout meal.
This latte is only 119 calories. 119!!! It’s heavier on nutrients and flavor but much lighter on the pocket compared to your store-bought version. It has anti-inflammatory properties, improves digestion, alleviates nausea, and is great for your immune system.
It’s delicious, luxurious, cozy. You’re gonna love it.
Beets are packed with nutrition but low in calories which is my kind of thing. Add in some strawberries and you have a powerhouse of antioxidants in this brightly pigmented smoothie (always a good sign)!
It’s perfect for breakfast or anytime you’re looking for that “power up.” Hence the name.
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