This antioxidant-rich tofu smoothie is creamy, refreshing, and brimming with nutrients! Made with silken tofu, blueberries, raspberries, cacao, fresh greens, and spirulina, it's one of the healthiest smoothies around - and yes, it's also delicious! Naturally dairy-free, vegan, and gluten-free, it's perfect for post-workout recovery or anytime your body needs a boost of antioxidants.
Healthy Tofu Smoothie
Do you ever feel like your body needs a nutrition hug? You know, like a supercharged dose of all the best stuff?! I think we all find ourselves there from time to time.
Whether you're in training for an endurance event, which puts the body through extra oxidative stress, or you were out late partying with friends, this antioxidant-rich tofu smoothie has your back!
It's nice knowing how to combine all of these high-antioxidant, superfoods into a cool and creamy smoothie, that actually tastes good!
The beauty of this smoothie is that it's easy to keep most of the ingredients on hand. So it's "pantry-friendly," even though some of the ingredients are from the freezer.
This tofu smoothie can also be customized any way you like! If there's an ingredient you don't love, feel free to omit it or add more of another ingredient that you DO love to change the flavor.
Tofu smoothie benefits:
Optional Nutrient Boosters
See recipe card below for quantities and full recipe.
- Start on low speed and gradually increase the blender to high speed.
- If you're new to including greens and other vegetables in smoothies, start with small amounts and taste as you go. For example, you can always add more spirulina, but it will be difficult to tone down the flavor if you add too much.
- Frozen fruit is perfect for smoothies because it creates a thick and creamy consistency. This means you won't need to use ice cubes, which tends to water down a smoothie. Also, frozen fruit was usually picked at its peak ripeness (this means the best flavor and nutrition), and it's available year-round.
- If you have an abundance of fresh berries purchased in season, you can freeze them for later. Wash and dry the berries, then spread out on a baking sheet and place in the freezer. Once the berries are frozen, transfer to a freezer bag.
How to Store
For the best flavor and nutrition, smoothies are best enjoyed immediately after blending. If you're taking it to-go or have leftovers, the smoothie can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 24 hours.
You can also freeze the smoothie for later. Pour into a freezer-safe, airtight container and freeze for up to three months. To thaw frozen smoothie, place it in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Shake it up or blend briefly to make it creamy again.
The term antioxidants is a bit misleading because it sounds like a noun, but really, it's more of a property or characteristic of certain chemical compounds. Antioxidants help the human body repair DNA and maintain cellular health. There are likely thousands of different antioxidants present in foods, and no two behave exactly the same way. In other words, antioxidants aren't interchangeable; no single one can handle all of the work. So it's very important to eat a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc.
The human body faces harmful chemicals called free radicals. Free radicals are produced by everything from digestion and exercise, to air pollution and sunlight. What makes free radicals damaging is that they "crave" electrons and can steal them from nearby substances. Antioxidants help prevent this by willingly offering up electrons to free radicals, so they no longer need to "steal" them from other substances, potentially causing damage to DNA.
Technically tofu is not raw since it is made from cooked soybeans. But yes, it's fine to eat uncooked tofu, straight from the package.
Silken tofu is best for smoothies because it has a higher water content and milder flavor than firmer varieties. Technically, you can use firm tofu in smoothies, but it will create a much thicker consistency and, depending on the other ingredients, may overwhelm the flavor. If firm tofu must be used, reduce the amount since it is more concentrated than silken tofu.
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Antioxidant Tofu Smoothie
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk - or water
- 6 ounces silken tofu
- 2 handfuls baby spinach - or kale
- 1 heaping cup frozen blueberries
- ½ cup frozen raspberries
- half of a frozen banana, optional - omit for a less sweet, more tart smoothie
- 1 small carrot, peeled and chopped
- squeeze of fresh lemon juice, optional
- 1 palmful raw walnuts or pecans - or 1 Tbsp nut butter; or sub hemp seeds
- 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder
- 1 teaspoon spirulina powder, optional
- Tip: if you're not sure whether you enjoy the taste of certain ingredients, such as raw greens and spirulina, add these in small amounts and taste as you go.
- Combine all ingredients in a blender. Start on low and gradually increase to high speed. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Taste and adjust the flavor and consistency as desired. Add more banana for sweetness and for a thicker smoothie. Add a pinch of salt to reduce bitterness.
- Smoothies are best enjoyed immediately, though leftovers will keep for up to 1 day. Store in an airtight jar or container, and keep refrigerated.
Estimated Nutrition (per serving)
Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact amounts and specific products and ingredients used. We calculate this information using the online calculator cronometer.com.