I just made the best smoothie. I really felt like I wanted a little chocolate fix this morning and I need the extra energy from my Maca to go kick some abs class butt (look out students here I come). Thought I would share the recipe. Enjoy
Purple Chocolate Morning Dream
This smoothie is very yummy! It is purple, but it tastes like chocolate.
5 ice cubes
1 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk OR ½ cup hemp milk ½ cup almond milk-(may need to add a bit more if too thick)
½ banana , ripe and peeled
2 tablespoons flax seed oil
5-8 oz fresh spinach stems and all
1 cup blueberries, frozen
1 ½ tablespoon Maca powder
2 tablespoon cacao powder
Begin by placing ice & water, liquid, and blueberries in blender, blend 30 secs. on medium, then add all other ingredients, blend on high for 1 minute or till smooth.
Here is the Skinny on what you get. I will just cover a few but know this! This smoothie is a powerhouse of goodness to start your day with!
Blueberries have a diverse range of micronutrients, with moderate levels (relative to respective Dietary Reference Intakes) of the essential dietary mineral manganese, vitamin C, vitamin K and dietary fiber. One serving provides a relatively low glycemic load score of 4 out of 100 per day.
Blueberries contain anthocyanins, other pigments and various phytochemicals, which are under preliminary research for their potential role in reducing risks of diseases such as inflammation and cancer. Similar to red grape, blueberries may contain resveratrol.
Spinach has a high nutritional value and is extremely rich in antioxidants. It is a rich source of vitamin A, especially high in lutein, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, B9 or folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids. Recently, opioid peptides called rubiscolins have also been found in spinach.
Fish oil contains two omega-3 fatty acids known as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Flaxseed oil, on the other hand, is rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is the ‘parent’ fatty acid to DHA and EPA. The body is able to use the high content of ALA found in flaxseed oil to make as much DHA and EPA as it needs. In layman’s terms, flaxseed oil contains the same omega 3 benefits to that of fish oil, plus the benefits of ALA.
Maca is a nutritionally dense super-food that contains high amounts of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and all of the essential amino acids. Maca root is rich in B-vitamins, which are the energy vitamins, and Maca is a vegetarian source of B-12. To boot, maca has high levels of bio-available calcium and magnesium and is great for remineralization. Maca root helps balance our hormones and due to an over abundance of environmental estrogen most people’s hormones are a bit out of whack. Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/027797_maca_root_hormone_balance.html#ixzz2FcWq7F1G
DISCLAIMER: you should always check with your doctor if you have concerns about the health benefits or side effects of anything you put into your body and decision should be based on your own health and nutritional needs. By giving you this information it in no way means I am dispensing medical advice to you., You are the advocate for your own health I offer you suggestions based on what I feel works for me and my clients.