Looking to add some extra antioxidants to your diet? Antioxidants are naturally found in certain foods like avocados, and they can inhibit the growth of free radicals in your body. That means they can help slow the growth of cancer and the effects of aging. Your body produces less and less antioxidants on its own as you age, so it’s a good idea to make sure you have some in your diet. These recipes are chock full of antioxidants to keep you healthy and leave you satisfied.
Breakfast Recipes Rich In Antioxidants
Try some of these easy recipes for a breakfast that is healthy and delicious.
Avocado Blueberry Smoothie
I usually drink one of these almost every single day. They are incredibly healthy (not to mention delicious) and they provide a fantastic energy boost. Naturally, they also have tons of antioxidants.
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1/2 avocado
- 1/4 cup kale
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 2 cups of water
Put all the ingredients into a blender, and blend until combined, then serve. Get the recipe at I Am Baker.
Banana Flax Breakfast Muffins
Flax seeds are an awesome superfood that are packed full of antioxidants, fiber, and tons of other good stuff. These muffins are perfect for a quick breakfast.
- 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
- 2 cups bran cereal
- 1/4 cup flaxseed meal
- 4 bananas
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp salt
- Combine the cereal, buttermilk, and flaxseed in a food processor, then let stand for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and coat a 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray.
- Add 3 bananas to cereal mixture and process until smooth, then add sugar, egg, and oil, and mix again.
- In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Then, add the resulting mixture to the food processor and blend until smooth.
- Pour the batter equally into the cups of the muffin pan, then slice the remaining banana and add the slices to the top of each muffin.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until slightly browned, then let cool before serving.
Find the recipe at Vegetarian Times.
Fresh Ricotta Frittata
Another delicious egg dish you’ll want to make over and over again, this one has eggs, bacon, and lots of greens.
- 12 oz applewood bacon, cut into pieces
- 1 cup sliced shallots
- 12 cups coarsely chopped greens
- 12 large eggs
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 12 oz ricotta cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook the bacon in a nonstick skillet until crisp, then transfer to a paper towel to drain. Save the bacon drippings, and return to Tbsp of them to the skillet. Saute the shallots until golden brown, then add the greens and saute until wilted and tender, or about 15 minutes.
- Beat eggs and salt in a large bowl, then add 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese, the cooked greens, and half of the bacon. Stir in the ricotta.
- Heat 1 Tbsp of the saved bacon drippings in a skillet, then pour in the egg mixture. Sprinkle the leftover bacon and Parmesan over top, and cook over medium heat until the frittata sets at the edges, then transfer to the oven and bake for 20 minutes. Let cool, then slice and serve.
Get the recipe at Epicurious.
Lunch Recipes Rich In Antioxidants
These recipes are perfect for lunch, whether you are staying in or packing a lunch for work or school.
Apricot-Pistachio Chicken Salad Sandwich
The apricots and pistachios in this recipe pack a ton of antioxidants, and make this refreshing sandwich one you won’t soon forget.
- 1 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
- 1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
- 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp sour cream
- 4 tsp coarsely chopped pistachios
- 1 tsp prepared horseradish
- 1 tsp mustard
- 1 tsp honey
- dash salt
- dash white pepper
- dash hot pepper sauce
- 4 slices sourdough bread
- 2 lettuce leaves
- 2 slices tomato
- 2 slices sweet onion
- Combine first 11 ingredients in a small bowl, then spread over two slices of bread.
- Top with lettuce, tomato, onion, and the remaining bread.
Get the recipe at Taste of Home.
This spicy Indo-Chinese dish has tons of mushrooms, which are high in antioxidants. Together will bell peppers, green chilies, celery, and plenty of spices, this dish will soon be a favorite in your household.
- 1 cup flour
- 3 Tbsp cornflour
- 1 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp soya sauce
- salt and sugar as required
- 3/4 cup water
- 3 cups button mushrooms
- oil for frying
- 3 spring onions, finely chopped
- 2 green chilies, finely chopped
- 2 tsp garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tsp ginger, finely chopped
- 1 tsp celery, finely chopped
- 1/2 tsp black pepper powder or crushed black pepper
- 1 Tbsp soy sauce
- 1 medium size green or yellow bell pepper, chopped
- Combine first eight ingredients in a small bowl.
- Dip the mushrooms in the batter.
- Fry the mushrooms in oil, then set them aside.
- Add the spring onion whites to the oil and stir fry them.
- Add the celery, green chili, ginger, garlic, and the spring onion greens, and continue stir frying.
- Add the black pepper, salt, sugar, and soya sauce.
- Add the mushrooms, and stir so they are fully coated with the sauce.
Serve garnished with spring onion greens and celery. Find the recipe at Veg Recipes of India.
Mediterranean Portobello Burger
For a vegetarian alternative to the traditional burger that is packed full of antioxidants and other nutrients, try this delicious dish.
- 1 clove minced garlic
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 4 portobello mushroom caps, stems and gills removed
- 4 large slices country style sourdough bread, cut in half
- 1/2 cup sliced jarred roasted red peppers
- 1/2 cup chopped tomato
- 1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped pitted Kalamata olives
- 1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 2 cups loosely packed mixed baby salad greens
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
- Mash garlic and salt on a cutting board, then mix the resulting paste with 1 Tbsp of oil in a small bowl. Brush the mixture over the portobellos and over one side of each slice of bread.
- In another bowl, combine the red peppers, tomato, feta, olives, vinegar, oregano, and 1 Tbsp oil.
- Grill mushroom caps until tender, and grill the bread until crisp.
- Toss the salad greens with the red pepper mixture. Place the mushrooms on four of the half-slices of bread, topped by the salad mixture and the remaining bread.
Get the recipe at Eating Well.
Dinner Recipes Rich In Antioxidants
Try some of these for a delicious evening dish with plenty of cancer-fighting properties.
Barley Risotto with Wild Mushrooms
This tasty side dish has barley and mushrooms, which are both super high in antioxidants. Serve this with meat or any other hearty meal and your guests will thank you.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cups chopped leeks or onions
- 1 teaspoon whole fennel seeds
- 1 cup pearl barley
- 2 tablespoons black "buffalo" barley (optional)
- 1/3 cup dry sherry
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 1/2 ounce dried mushrooms (rinse if necessary)
- Salt to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
- Heat oil in a pressure cooker, then add leeks and fennel, cooking until leeks are brown.
- Stir in barley, then add sherry and stir until it evaporates completely before adding water, broth, mushrooms, and salt.
- Close the pressure cooker and turn the pressure and heat to high. Cook for 18 minutes, then release pressure and remove the lid carefully.
- Season with salt and pepper, then set the cooker to high heat and cook until thickened. Add the Parmesan, and serve in bowls.
Get the recipe at Barley Foods.
Chinese Chicken Cabbage Salad
This savory salad will have your mouth watering. Cabbage perfectly compliments the other ingredients, and it is high in antioxidants.
- 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons sesame oil
- 1/4 cup bottled Thai peanut sauce
- 1/2 head napa cabbage, thinly sliced
- 1 cup shredded carrot
- 4 scallions, green and white parts thinly sliced
- 1 whole rotisserie chicken, cooled completely and shredded (about 4 cups)
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons black sesame seeds
- 2 scallions, thinly sliced
- Combine rice wine vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil, and peanut sauce in a small bowl and set aside.
- In another bowl toss together cabbage, shredded carrot, 4 scallions, and chicken.
- Pour the peanut sauce mixture over the salad, and toss until everything is coated.
- Season the salad with pepper, and sprinkle with sesame seeds and the remaining 2 scallions.
Find the recipe at Health Magazine.
Another side dish, this tasty recipe just might convince you of the amazing-ness of cabbage. The antioxidant properties are great, but you’ll want to eat this just because it’s so damn delicious.
- 1 lb fresh cabbage
- 2 Tbsp butter
- salt and freshly ground pepper
- extra butter
- Remove the outer leaves from the cabbage, and cut the remainder into four, removing the stalk. Cut each quarter into shreds against the grain.
- Put 3 Tbsp of water into a saucepan with the butter and a pinch of salt. Bring it to a boil, then add the cabbage and toss it so it becomes coated. Cover, and cook for a few minutes.
- Remove from heat, and toss the cooked cabbage with pepper and the extra butter, the serve.
Get the recipe at Epicurious.
Mushroom Asparagus Quiche
Not only do the mushrooms in this recipe have excellent antioxidant properties, the eggs do too! This dish is easy to make, and incredibly yummy.
- 1 tube refrigerated crescent rolls
- 2 tsp mustard
- 1 1/2 lbs fresh asparagus
- 1 medium onion
- 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp dried basil
- 1/4 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp rubbed sage
- Separate the crescent roll dough and place in an ungreased pie pan with the points toward the center, then press and form them into a crust. Spread the crust with mustard.
- In a skillet, saute the asparagus, onion, and mushrooms in butter.
- Combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl, then stir in the asparagus mixture. Pour everything into the crust.
- Bake at 375 degrees F for 30 minutes, or until done. Let stand before serving.
Try the recipe at Taste of Home.
Enjoy Antioxidant Packed Foods
These simple recipes will help increase the amount of antioxidants in your diet, which will improve your health and potentially even prevent cancer. They will also help your skin look healthier and younger. Not every meal you eat needs to be full of antioxidants, but incorporating some of these meals into your diet will go a long way.