Healthy Halloween Dark Night Smoothie

Colorful leaves wherever you look, and that subtle, cold bite in the air can only mean one thing—Halloween is coming! In the blink of an eye it will be time to celebrate the dark, mysterious side of life with crazy costumes, spooky decorations, and all kinds of creatively creepy Halloween-themed foods and drinks.

Getting a tiny bit scared (in a safe way!) is deliciously fun for kids and grown ups alike. But the genuinely scary (and not at all fun) thing about this season is that so many beloved Halloween treats are packed with refined sugar, unhealthy fats, GMOs, chemical preservatives, and garish artificial colors that have the potential to do frightening harm to a body. So what can a health conscious person do at this time of year without becoming a party pooper?

Enter this yummy (and gut-healthy) dark night smoothie! The deep pigments in the berries give this frosty beverage the deep purple-blue cast of a midnight sky—with just a bit of magic brewing in the air.

But the appeal of this sweet treat goes way beyond taste and appearance. Berries are rich in vitamins, manganese, prebiotic fiber, bioflavonoids, and protective antioxidants, including polyphenols such as anthocyanin. This nutrition powerhouse makes berries an excellent choice for supporting brain, cardiovascular, digestive, immune, and cellular health.

Matcha green tea powder contains a wealth of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, including vitamin C, zinc, selenium, chromium, and magnesium—and it’s also a great source of catechins and chlorophyll. Chia seeds add healthy omega 3 fats and protein to the mix, and prebiotic powder insures that all your friendly probiotic gut microbes are feasting on the perfect nutrition to keep them in top shape so they can protect you from any monsters or ghouls that come your way.

Enjoy this smoothie for breakfast, as a snack, or introduce it at your next costume party. Whichever way you serve it, it’s sure to bring only the happiest shivers and smiles.

Ingredients

• 1 cup organic frozen blackberries
• ¼ cup organic frozen blueberries
• 1 ¼ cup water
• 1 small chunk organic lemon, peeled
• 1 teaspoon organic matcha green tea powder*
• 1 tablespoon organic chia seeds
• 1 scoop organic prebiotic powder

Directions:

Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve. Garnish with a slice of blood orange if desired.

Note: Most people will find the sweetness of the fruit in this smoothie satisfying enough, but if you or your kids crave additional sweetness, add a teaspoon of agave, maple syrup, or date sugar.

*Matcha powder contains a small amount of caffeine, so if you’re making this smoothie for kids you may want to eliminate this ingredient.

For more gut-healthy recipes, check out The Hyperbiotics Cookbook.

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