I am so excited to feel Spring in the air again! Now that it is the time of year when a cold breakfast finally makes sense again, I find myself poring over all of my smoothie recipes from year’s past and of course, inventing some new ones. I have included 3 of my favorite recipes below. I really hope you all enjoy them as much as I do and would love to hear about any adaptations you make to them as well as the profound feeling of energy and well-being you experience after starting your day off with one of these!
1. AMAZON POWER! (makes approx. one 16-20 oz smoothie)
~1 packet unsweetened frozen acai (Sambazon brand is great)
~1 cup frozen blueberries, cherries, raspberries, goji berries (pick one or any combo thereof)
~1 fresh banana (can use frozen but you will end up using more liquid)
~1 cup rice, almond or hemp mylk (can be home made)
~2-3 Tbsp hemp protein powder (protein and fiber)
Green Powder (I love to use VitaMineral Green Powder by HealthForce Nutritionals)
1 Tbsp Maca (root native to Peru, great for stamina, endurance, fertility, libido etc. Adaptogen)
1 Tbsp Cacao (seeds of cacao pod, great for energy & rich earthy flavor)
1” piece of ginger chopped (spicy root, great for digestion & a sick belly)
Cinnamon (mucilaginous tree bark, can help regulate blood sugar)
2. This next smoothie is much lighter, great an hour before a yoga class for promoting flexibility or post-workout for that quick boost and to replenish muscles and cells. Makes approx. one 16-20 oz smoothie)
~1 overflowing cup frozen mango and pineapple)
~1 fresh banana (optional, can use extra frozen fruit)
~1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
~1” piece of ginger
~2 leaves of kale (dino is great, high in chlorophyll for flexibility, alkalizing the system, rich in minerals, cleansing, building, can you tell I love kale??)
~2-3 Tbsp Hemp Seeds (protein, Omega Essential Fatty Acids, creaminess)
~1 Tsp or Tbsp bee pollen (****please make sure you’re not allergic before using!!! Great for energy & fighting allergies)
3. This one is a nice mellow way to start out the day. Even in the wintertime, I found this to be one of my favorites. Also, this winter I was in my first trimester of pregnancy and having something mellow but rich in protein and healthy fat was so wonderful!
~Meat and water from one young coconut
~3-4 tbsp hemp seeds
~dash of cinnamon (optional, especially if you’re using this during pregnancy. Some guides will tell you to avoid cinnamon.)
4. This has been my favorite this week! I hope you like it too! Rich in protein, bioflavanoids and antioxidants.
~1/4 cup shredded coconut (get in bulk at a health food store if possible. Try to avoid dried fruit that contains sulfites)
~2 tbsp-1/4 cup almond butter
~1 tbsp raw cacao powder
~a handful of young spinach
~1 packet of frozen Sambazon acai unsweetened
~1/4 cup frozen wild blueberries
~1/2 cup of rice or almond mylk (or however much you need to blend but still keep a thick texture)
Hope you all are having a great Spring! And I hope to see you at the studio soon!