Brenna’s Low Glycemic Load Antioxidant Smoothie

This smoothie is based on Kidon ́ et al’s 2022 findings that fruit/veggie-based smoothies that blend raw bananas, pumpkins, purple carrots, lemon juice, and water provide excellent sources of antioxidants including total polyphenols, carotenoids, anthocyanins, and vitamin C that have a variety of potent health benefits, ranging from anti-diabetic effects on glucose metabolism and utilization, anti-obesity effects on weight and metabolism, potent anti-inflammatory effects both systemically and on the immune system in particular (e.g., immune-boosting and healing benefits), cardiovascular benefits, anti-aging and anti-cancer properties, anti-hypertensive properties, benefits to hair, skin, and nails, and hormone balancing properties. 

  • 1/2-1C (123-245g) pumpkin puree (10-20g carbs, 1-2g protein, 40-80 cal)
  • 40-80g (1.5-3oz) banana (10-20g carbs, 35-70 cal)
  • 100g (3.5 oz) purple carrot (10g carbs, 40 cal)
  • 6g lemon juice
  • 1/2-3/4C water

TOTAL: 120-240 cal, 20-40g carbs, 2.5-5g protein, .2-.5g fat; 28-56% daily fiber, 21-42% vitamin C, 10-20% iron, 843-1700% Vitamin A, 28-56% potassium, 12-24% B6, 14-28% manganese

Brenna's Super-Recipe:

  • 1.5oz banana
  • 1/2C pumpkin puree
  • 100g purple carrot
  • 1/4-1oz lemon juice
  • 4oz water (filtered, alkalinized are best)
  • 3oz cilantro (if you like cilantro)
  • 1/2C baby spinach/&baby kale
  • 1/4C beet greens
  • 4oz beets (pickled beets are fine)


Blend all ingredients. 1 service makes a great snack. Serving may be doubled for meal or depending on energy needs. See nutrition facts on next column.

Super-Recipe Nutrition Facts:

NUTRITION FACTS: 200 cal | 7g protein | 32g carbs | 1g fat | Fiber: 53%.

VITAMINS: Vitamin K: 336% | Vitamin C: 63% | Folate: 47% | Vitamin E: 16% | Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): 11% | Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): 21% | Vitamin B3 (Niacin): 12% | Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid): 17% | Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): 29%.

MINERALS: Calcium: 14% | Copper: 37% | Iron: 28% | Magnesium: 21% | Manganese: 57% | Phosphorus: 14% | Potassium: 67% | Selenium: 4% | Sodium: 11% | Zinc: 12%.

The nutrition facts above are for one serving (e.g., 1 snack). Portions can be doubled for a meal or larger energy needs.

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