In the movie version of our lives, free radicals are the villains; they stalk you from all angles and threaten to ruin your skin and overall health.
Antioxidants are the superheroes; they are the only ones who can ward off free radicals and protect us against their threats.
And you likely already know this, but they don’t wear tights or capes. They come all dressed up in fruits, vegetables, and other healthy foods. Those foods should fill your diet, and we can help. (After all, Keri literally wrote a book on antioxidants! Check out The O2 Diet: The Cutting Edge Antioxidant-Based Program That Will Make You Healthy, Thin, and Beautiful.)
We went through our recipe database to pull out all of the most antioxidant-packed dishes. These meals are high in foods known for their high antioxidant levels, like berries, turmeric, and the darkest greens. Add them to your regular diet and there’s a way better chance that that movie version of your life will have a happy ending.
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12 Simple Antioxidant-Packed Recipes
Berry Green Smoothie
This is basically antioxidants, blended, thanks to ingredients like strawberries, blueberries, kale, and spinach.
Cinnamon Spice Roasted Pepitas
Pepitas are a great source of vitamin E (an antioxidant), and cinnamon is an all-around antioxidant superstar spice.
Pomegranate Sunflower Yogurt
I mean, who doesn’t know about the antioxidant power of pomegranate?
An easy way to get blueberries, cinnamon, and chia seeds all in first thing in the morning.
Turmeric is filled with curcumin, which acts as a powerful antioxidant while at the same time lowering levels of enzymes that cause inflammation. And this is a yummy, warming way to add it to your diet.
Easy Three-Bean Chili
Chili powder, cumin, and tomatoes all pack an antioxidant punch, and this recipe is such a crowd-pleaser you can even serve it to people who are not interested in eating healthy. It’ll be our secret.
Spinach Salad with Pomegranate Dressing
Spinach, pomegranate, and pecans, oh my! It’s the perfect super salad to serve alongside fish or a grain main.
Roasted Artichoke Hearts
Unlike pomegranate, not many people know that artichokes are one of the foods highest in antioxidants. This is a super easy way to roast them and eat them as a simple side or add them to a salad.
Strawberry Chia Jam
Strawberry and chia come together to create an antioxidant spread that has no added sugar.
Sauteed Mushrooms With Ginger and Watercress
We’ll take any excuse to eat ginger because of its incredible benefits, and when paired with garlic? Bonus: shiitakes are a great source of minerals.
Ginger Cinnamon Hot Chocolate
Yup, chocolate is super high in antioxidants if eat the right kind! And this gets a boost with both ginger and cinnamon.
Dark Chocolate Bark
Did someone say chocolate? Here, we add both antioxidants and color with goji berries and almonds.