A Witchy Black Smoothie for Your Inner Goth

The Veggie Shake Team

The color of this deep, velvety black smoothie—sure to appeal to your inner goth—testifies to the formidable quantities of phytochemicals it contains. The dark-hued fruits and vegetables on the ingredients list for this witchy smoothie get their striking pigmentation from high concentrations of compounds linked to health benefits like lowering your chances of developing cancer and heart disease. We’d call that hardcore!

And, of course, the recipe wouldn’t be complete without a generous serving of activated charcoal that guarantees the exact blacker-than-black shade you’d want for your Halloween smoothie, and cleanses your system of any lingering toxins. It all adds up to a truly goth smoothie.

  •  Servings: 1
  •  Ready In: 5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup black grapes

  • 1/2 cup spinach

  • 1/2 cup blackberries, frozen

  • 1/2 cup blueberries, frozen

  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice

  • 1 tablespoon activated charcoal

Instructions
  1. Begin by measuring out 1/2 cup of black grapes and adding them to your blender or food processor.

  2. Next, measure and add 1/2 cup of spinach.

  3. Add 1/2 cup of blackberries and 1/2 cup of blueberries, both frozen.

  4. Pour in 1/2 cup of pomegranate juice.

  5. Finish with 1 tablespoon of activated charcoal.

  6. While the ingredients blend, contemplate how to revenge yourself on your enemies (kidding!).

Health Benefits
  1. Black grapes: the darker the grape, the higher the anthocyanin concentration! Anthocyanins, the antioxidants that give these naturally seedless grapes their dramatically deep hue, also protect your body from damaging free radicals.

  2. Spinach: these leafy greens get their dark color from the chlorophyll and carotenoids they contain. These phytochemicals have strong anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous properties.

  3. Blackberries: the berries’ inky color, as you may have guessed at this point, indicates valuable stores of health-promoting compounds. Blackberries contain tons of antioxidants, including one called quercetin that may lower your risk of heart disease.

  4. Blueberries: again, the compounds that give the berries their signature color also lead to their health benefits, which include improving your memory. Researchers emphasize, though, that even the apparently extraneous compounds appear to work synergistically with the active ones so that the effect of the whole fruit is greater than that of its individual parts.

  5. Pomegranate juice: this richly-hued beverage can improve your health in numerous ways, such as encouraging the regeneration of skin cells and preventing unwanted signs of aging such as fine lines and hyperpigmentation.

  6. Activated charcoal: this extra-black, super-heated charcoal has a negatively charged, porous texture that traps toxins. This improves your health in numerous ways, including optimizing your kidney function.

Ingredients List

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