I go through smoothie phases. I’ll get really into them for a few months (usually in the summer when it’s hot) and then lull back to making oatmeal for breakfast everyday instead. But right now I’m on a smoothie kick and can’t get enough of this superfood version. It packs enough protein to keep me satisfied for a few hours, provides a super energy boost, and it doesn’t taste too bad either!
So, what’s so great about it? We all know the amazing benefits of blueberries and kale, full of antioxidants, vitamins, and phytonutrients. But what about everything else that goes in there?
Chia seeds are an ancient super seed used by the Aztecs and Mayans as part of their everyday diet and were used by Aztec warriors for strength and endurance. Chia seeds are packed with fiber, they have 11 grams per ounce. They assist in weight loss because they absorb the liquid they come in contact with, gel up, and expand in your stomach, making you feel fuller faster. They are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids (more so that flax!). Omega-3s support brain function and have been shown to help reduce symptoms of depression and mood disorders. Another great thing about chia seeds is that they are a complete protein, and provide calcium, iron, phosphorus and magnesium. If you allow chia seeds to soak long enough they really thicken up and become pudding-like, which adds a really nice texture to this smootie.
Maca powder is another ancient superfood. It is a root vegetable grown in the Andes mountains. Maca is an adaptogen, meaning it normalizes the body, allowing it to better respond to internal and external environmental factors. It helps us cope with stress and stabilizes our moods. It is also known to help boost libido, enhance fertility, regulate hormones, and build stamina. Maca is rich in nutrients like potassium, calcium, manganese, and high in protein and B vitamins.
Cacao is raw, unprocessed chocolate that’s high in antioxidants and filled with nutrients that provide natural energy, support heart health and protect our bodies from free-radical damage. Cacao is rich in minerals such as magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, copper, sulfur and potassium.
- 3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 2 kale leaves (or a few handfuls of spinach)
- 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1 tsp. maca powder
- 1 tsp. raw cacao powder
- In a blender, puree the almond milk and kale until smooth. Then stir in the chia seeds and let them hang out in there for a few minutes in order to absorb the liquid. Add in the rest of the ingredients and blend until liquified. Enjoy!