Antioxidant Challenge Recipe Roundup- 36 Recipes!

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This antioxidant challenge recipe roundup features 3 amazing recipes from each of the 12 foods that are highest in antioxidants according to Healthline. Why not challenge yourself to make one of these 36 awesome recipes each week?

If you’re anything like me, you might want to challenge yourself to include more antioxidants in your diet, but it’s just so hard to know where to start! I find myself going back time and time again to food that I’m used to cooking with and recipes I’m familiar with.

But, no more! With this antioxidant challenge recipe roundup there are 36 antioxidant recipes that are easy to access and use. So, are you ready to try some out and increase your daily intake of antioxidants? Take the challenge!

Health Benefits of the Antioxidant Challenge

“Antioxidants are compounds produced in your body and found in foods. They help defend your cells from damage caused by potentially harmful molecules known as free radicals. Fortunately, eating a diet rich in antioxidants can help increase your blood antioxidant levels. This helps to fight oxidative stress and reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.”

Ryan Ramas, MS, RD @ Healthline
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Antioxidant Recipe Roadmap

If you still aren’t convinced about the health benefits of antioxidants, or reasons to take the antioxidant recipe challenge, check out this amazing list with top recipes from these twelve antioxidant rich foods. Each has three recipes to try out.

That’s an antioxidant challenge recipe roundup total of 36 antioxidant recipes!

The 12 antioxidant rich foods are:

  • Dark chocolate
  • Pecans
  • Blueberries
  • Strawberries
  • Artichokes
  • Goji berries
  • Raspberries
  • Kale
  • Red cabbage
  • Beans
  • Beets (beetroot)
  • Spinach

DARK CHOCOLATE

Dark chocolate has antioxidants linked to less inflammation and reduced risk for heart disease. It took me a little while to get used to it (I had always eaten milk chocolate previously), but once I did I was hooked on the flavor. Now I’d happily choose dark over milk any day.

Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars - The Lemon Bowl
Antioxidant Challenge Recipe Roundup 36 recipes
Chewy Dark Chocolate Cherry Granola Bars
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Antioxidant Challenge Recipe Roundup 36 recipes
Hippie Chocolate Bark
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Antioxidant Challenge Recipe Roundup 36 recipes
Crispy Quinoa and Chocolate Cashew Clusters

PECANS

Pecans can raise the antioxidant level in your blood and are a great source of healthy fats and minerals. Why not buy your pecans in bulk?

Apple Cranberry Pecan Salad - Antioxidant Challenge Recipe Roundup- 36 Recipes!
Apple Cranberry Pecan Salad
healthy pecan pie topped with whipped cream on a plate with a fork
Antioxidant Challenge Recipe Roundup- 36 Recipes!
Healthy Pecan Pie
Healthy Pecan Date Bars stacked on top of each other on a baking tray with some whole pecans on the side
Antioxidant Challenge Recipe Roundup- 36 Recipes!
Skinny Pecan Date Bars

BLUEBERRIES

These berries are packed with nutrients and antioxidants and have one of the highest antioxidant level of the most commonly consumed fruit and vegetables. They have a natural sweetness and are so easy to add to almost anything.

Healthy blueberry muffins in a muffin tin surrounded by fresh berries.
Antioxidant Challenge Recipe Roundup- 36 Recipes!
Healthy Oatmeal Blueberry Muffins
Blueberry Mascarpone Tart Recipe
Blueberry and Mascarpone Slice
Blueberry Romaine Salad
Blueberry Romaine Salad

STRAWBERRIES

Strawberries have antioxidants that reduce the risk of heart disease as well as being rich in Vitamin C. I do love strawberries on their own, but why not spice them up with these awesome recipes?

Strawberry Freeze - #Foodfaithfitness | #Glutenfree #Dairyfree #Healthy #Strawberries #Dessert
Healthy Strawberry Frozen Dessert
Strawberry and Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken | #spinach #recipe #balsamic #chicken #healthy foodiecrush.com
Strawberry Avocado Spinach Salad with Chicken
Vegan Strawberry Overnight Oats

ARTICHOKES

Artichokes are a great source of dietary fiber, minerals and antioxidants. I never know what exactly to do with artichokes. These recipes have some fantastic inspiration!

Spinach and Cheese Pie Recipe with Artichoke
Artichoke, spinach and cheese pie
Courgette and Pea Risotto Recipe with Artichoke
Pea, courgette and artichoke barley risotto
Artichoke & Lemon Pasta
Artichoke and Lemon Pasta

Goji Berries

Goji berries are often marketed as a superfood because they are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. To my shame, I once let a whole packet of goji berries expire because I just didn’t know what to do with them. That definitely isn’t a problem now that I have these great goji berry food ideas.

Benefits of Goji Berries + Raw Vanilla Goji Berry Balls Recipe
Vanilla goji berry balls
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Goji berry and pistachio granola bars
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Warm quinoa sweet potato kale and goji berry salad

RASPBERRIES

Raspberries are a great source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, manganese and antioxidants. To me, raspberries make any dish seem luxurious- not to mention incredibly tasty.

raspberry and lemon flapjacks
Raspberry and lemon flapjacks
Healthy Raspberry Frozen Yogurt
Healthy raspberry frozen yogurt
Raspberry Bread loaf sliced
Raspberry Bread

KALE

Kale is incredibly nutritious and is rich in vitamins A, K and C. It’s also rich in antioxidants. Again, this is one I’ve struggled to know how to use in the past.

Sautéed kale with garlic and lemon on a marble table with a dish of red pepper flakes
Easiest Sautéed Kale with Garlic and Lemon
Pasta with Kale and Lemon slices with pine nuts and herbs
Lemon Garlic Pasta with Kale
Garlic Kale and Brown Rice Salad with a zippy lemon herb dressing! This side dish recipe is so simple and it compliments almost any main dish! | pinchofyum.com
Garlic Kale and Brown Rice Salad with Lemon Dressing

RED CABBAGE

Red cabbage has a high antioxidant content and is rich in vitamins C, K and A. It’s also much more versatile than you might think!

healthy slaw recipe
Simply Healthy Slaw
crunchy cashew thai quinoa salad
Crunchy Cashew Thai Quinoa Salad {vegan & gluten-free}

BEANS

Beans are an incredible source of antioxidants. This antioxidant contained in beans has been linked to impressive health benefits, such as reduced chronic inflammation and suppressed cancer growth. I adore beans and have been much more reliant on them since I decided to reduce my meat intake.

Creamy three bean stew - healthy comfort food! This stew is totally vegetarian, but is still really high in protein, and the sauce is really rich and creamy. So yum!
Creamy three bean stew
Colorful and crunchy Mediterranean Bean Salad
Mediterranean Bean Salad
Sweet Potato & Black Bean Stew
Sweet potato and black bean stew

Beets (Beetroot)

Beets are a great source of fiber, potassium, iron, folate and antioxidants. They’re lovely and bright and make any dish look so colorful.

beetroot tart
Beetroot, feta and thyme tart
Beetroot Veggie Burgers
Beetroot Veggie Burgers
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Crunchy Beetroot and Apple Salad

Spinach

Spinach is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and is incredibly low in calories. I love spinach in salads and am keen to use it much more in my cooking.

Healthy spinach rice loaded with proteins, fibers and vitamins. It is a one pot meal that takes about 30 min to prepare. Ideal for busy times.
One pot spinach rice
Spinach, watercress and pea soup
Spinach, watercress and pea soup
My favorite Apple Spinach Salad is made with tons of baby spinach and crisp apples, toasted nuts, soft cheese, and a zippy vinaigrette. Perfect for autumn, and so easy to make! | gimmesomeoven.com
My Favorite Apple Spinach Salad

Summary

So that’s it! My roundup of 36 recipes of foods rich in antioxidants. I hope you’ll enjoy trying them out as much as me. The list below is a quick reference you can return to.

Dark Chocolate

Pecans

Blueberries

Strawberries

Artichokes

Goji Berries

Raspberries

Kale

Red Cabbage

Beans

Beets (Beetroot)

Spinach

Take the Antioxidant Challenge!

Are you ready to put these recipes into action with the antioxidant challenge? Comment and let me know how it goes. I’d love to hear how you are getting more of these foods rich in antioxidants into your everyday diet.

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Antioxidant Challenge Recipe Roundup- 36 Recipes!

10 thoughts on “Antioxidant Challenge Recipe Roundup- 36 Recipes!

    1. Hi Alex, it’s a pleasure. It’s such a lovely, easy recipe and your photographs are beautiful. Eating well is something I’ve only cared about in the last few years so I really appreciate anyone who makes it easier for me! All the best 🙂

  1. Hi Freya, thanks so much for including my kale pasta in this. Lots of really great recipes here, can’t wait to try them all!

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