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Smoothie Ideas from Down Under

Smoothie Ideas from Down Under

Authored By Venus Williams 7 Comment(s)

I’m here in Melbourne, Australia for the Australian Open and I’m so excited to be competing! The Open got off to a wonderful start, and I was thrilled to win my first match.  

One of my secrets to staying strong and competitive is my diet. I follow a mostly plant-based diet, having started for health reasons after I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, Sjogrens Syndrome, back in 2011. I knew I’d have to change my diet in order to maintain my performance on the court, and then I fell in love with the idea of eating healthy. Eating healthy not only helps alleviate the symptoms of my autoimmune disease, it also makes me feel like I'm doing the right thing, which makes me feel more positive.


Of course, whether you are eating a plant-based diet or a taking a different approach, you need to enjoy what you are eating. For instance, I really enjoy smoothies. In fact, I love them so much, I own my own Jamba Juice stores! And, I love them so much that when I’m on the road, Down Under or anywhere around the world, I bring along my NutriBullet blender, so I can make healthy smoothies wherever I am.


One of the fun things about smoothies is their bright vibrant colors. I make orange smoothies with orange juice, and green smoothies with spinach and kale. Another fun smoothie color is purple. Purple smoothies look and taste great and purple foods can have lots of health benefits including helping to protect memory, slow the aging process and protect your heart, plus protect against Alzheimer's, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.


At Jamba Juice, we have a purple smoothie made with almond milk, blueberries and chopped dates. Jamba Juice's berry beet smoothie is loaded with lots of healthy veggies including beets, carrots, broccoli, spinach and kale, plus fruits like blueberries, strawberries and mangos. 

 

Here’s a great recipe to start with:
 
1 cup cold-pressed apple juice (substitute fresh if available )
1 cup frozen blueberries (fresh can be used, but if so, use 1 cup of ice cubes to make the drink immediately cold)
1 cup red Anjou pear, peeled, cored and sliced
1/2 cup low-fat strawberry or plain yogurt
1/2 cup frozen sliced strawberries (substitute fresh if preferred)
1/2 cup loosely packed curly kale, stems removed
2 tablespoons unfiltered organic flaxseed oil
juice of 1/2 large lemon
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.

 

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy 2017!

- Venus

 



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Ebony TIllman
Ebony TIllman

Great blog. Thanks for the purple smoothie recipe. Good luck. I share this site with my now (20,16 yr old) daughters who have been fans all their lives. We follw you and support your venture. God bless you and your family. The Tillman Family in Chicago, IL USA

Sally
Sally

I make purple smoothies too using purple cabbage along with the ingredients you mentioned. A quarter of frozen banana adds great flavour.

Good luck at the AO! I love watching the slam tournaments. Wishing you good luck in your next match!

Marjorie Oliver-Darrett
Marjorie Oliver-Darrett

Hello Venus,
I’ve been following your career since the beginning. I look forward to seeing you play always. Now I’m a fan of your clothing line. Since I am a senior I do not wear the short dresses, instead I go for the long sleeves tops and pants. tried to buy your book, but was unable to find it. Is it still available?
Good luck with your next match, p.s. I was at the U.S.Open when you won it was awesome. Best regards Marjorie

Tynesha
Tynesha

Thanks for the smoothie recipe, Venus! I’m sitting here drinking a different right now that is not very good. I’ll try your recipe tomorrow! And I’ll be watching and cheering you on at the Australian Open!

Dorothy Vereen
Dorothy Vereen

Hi V can you suggest an eloctrolite mixture/powder that I can mix with water. I’m a USTA 3.5 player on two teams and I play singles on both. I stopped drinking Gatorade and have been learning about different ways to hydrate my body in addition to water and coconut water.

Thanks

Anne Jason
Anne Jason

Hi Venus:
Congrats on your two wins at the Australian Open. I have been a fan since you first started.
I was diagnosed with Leaky Gut Syndrome about a year ago. It is similar to an auto immune disease in that it causes lots of food allergies; one of them being gluten. I use my nutria bullet to make smoothies also. I can’t wait to try your purple smoothie.
Best wishes for your heath and your career.
By the way, I love your new line that you introduced at the Australian.

May Jehovah be with you,

Anne Jason MD
Anne Jason MD

Hi Venus:
Congrats on your two wins at the Australian Open. I have been a fan of yours since you first started.
I am anxious to try your recipe for the Purple smoothie. I was diagnosed with Leaky Gut Syndrome about a year ago. As a result, I have developed a lot of food allergies; one of them being gluten. I also use my nutria bullet for smoothies.

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