Red Cabbage and Blueberry Purple Smoothie Recipe

Red Cabbage and Blueberry SmoothieTo be honest, I wasn’t expecting this recipe to make it onto Incredible Smoothies. I ran out of greens so I decided to use what I had on hand to make my morning “green” smoothie. What I had on hand was a head of purple cabbage.

I blended it up with some blueberries, bananas and soaked chia seeds and my taste buds were surprised! I liked it! And who couldn’t like that vivid purple color! It matched my flowering tree beautifully!

Use fresh blueberries if they are in season, otherwise frozen is fine. I prefer to get frozen wild blueberries as they have a greater antioxidant content and more vitamins and minerals.

Red cabbage is a great source of vitamin A (as beta-carotene), C and K. It is also loaded with iron and manganese. A great reason to add cabbage to your smoothies instead of cooking it is that raw cabbage has shown greater cancer-protective benefits in studies over cabbage that has been thoroughly cooked.

Red Cabbage and Blueberry Smoothie Recipe

  • 2 cups red cabbage, chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 medium bananas, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds, soaked for about 10 minutes
  • 8 ounces of filtered water

Start by adding the liquid to your blender (I use a Vitamix), followed by the soft fruit. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 410
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

This smoothie is also a rich source of vitamin B1 – vitamin B6, vitamin K, copper, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)

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Tracy Russell is the creator of RESET 28: A 28-Day Program For Energy, Weight Loss & A Healthy Glow, and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She has been helping people take control of their health and well being with green smoothies, a whole foods diet, and fitness since 2009.