Colorful smoothie glasses and bowls are eye-popping. The colors are not due to artificial colorings, which are chemically made and are not healthy, but rather from natural fruits and flowers.
Colorful but edible fruits and flowers are not new in the culinary world. A lot of famous chefs have long been fond of including them in their recipes.
And lately, not just on main courses, but also in drinks like smoothies, lattes and in water. Many have been making their own recipes.
There are plenty of dark-colored fruits and flowers to choose from for one to make a colored smoothie. And this can done at the comfort of your own kitchen.
Keep in mind, these natural products carry with them their amazing benefits for your health. They revitalize, refuel, and enhance your immune system, so it’s worth a shot to try them.
There is a huge list of colorful fruits and flowers for smoothie recipes.
Red Pitaya (Dragon Fruit)
It is of cactus specie. Costa Rica Pitaya has red inside-flesh with fuschia pink outer covering. When blended into a smoothie, it gives a glowing pink color.
It is very attractive and delicious at the same time.
Recipe: Blend ½ dragon fruit(fleshy part), ½ banana, 4-6 frozen strawberries, 6 ounces almond milk and 1 tablespoon chia seeds to make a tasty smoothie.
A blue-green algae and one of the most-talked superfood today. It makes a captivating blue smoothie.
The color will convince you to give it a try.
Recipe: Add 3 frozen bananas, ½ teaspoon blue spirulina, 1 tablespoon vegan protein powder (optional), and a splash of nut milk in a blender, then blend until smooth.
It makes a luscious and pinkish color smoothie when mix together with other ingredients . It gives you a naturally earthy-flavor.
Recipe: Layer 1 small cored apple, 1 raw red beet, 1 frozen handful berries, 1 handful kale, ¼ cup frozen pineapple (optional), ½ naval peeled orange, ½ cup ice, ½ cup ice water and 1 tablespoon flax seed (optional) into a mixer. Add enough water to let ingredients mix well.
Finely-ground green tea leaf powder makes a luscious light-green lattes. Its flavor is grass-like but can be covered with other fruits if you don’t like the natural matcha taste.
This tea leaf supercharges you with abundant vitamins and minerals.
Recipe: Slice then blend 1 banana and few ice cubes first. Add 1 cup of almond milk or coconut milk and 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder to the blender. Blend until smooth.
This mouth-watering fruit brings a bright-yellow color palette when blended. It’s no surprise that mango is loaded with Vitamin C necessary to enhance your immune system.
Recipe: Simply put in blender 1 cup chopped ripe mango, ½ cup low-fat milk, ½ cup ice, ¼ cup plain low-fat yogurt and 1 tablespoon honey. Blend until smooth and frothy.
Butterfly Pea Flowers
It is a vine-type flower which grows well in Indonesia and Malaysia. It has bright blue color which yields a sapphire tinge when steeped in hot water to make a tea. abundant active antioxidants.
Recipe: Combine 2 frozen bananas, 3 tablespoon hemp seeds, 1 cup almond milk or coconut milk and 1-3 teaspoon butterfly pea tea powder (depending on how blue you want your smoothie) to a high speed blender and then mix together.
Also known as Chilean wineberry with purple-black color and the taste is like other blackberries. It turn smoothies into a light purple shade.
Recipe: Add 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk, 1 cup frozen cauliflower, 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1 tablespoon coconut or almond butter, 2 scoops vanilla protein powder, and 2 tablespoons maqui berry powder into a high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Add more milk if you want texture to be thinner and serve with your favorite fruit or flower toppings.