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Green Power Smoothie

Posted on March 28th, 2013  |  11 Comments

This drink is quite possibly my favorite part of the morning routine. There’s nothing like chugging down a sweet, healthy, empowering smoothie on the way to work each morning. I know there’s lots of green smoothie recipes out there, and this one – like all the rest – is versatile and will change slightly with the season and your mood, but there’s a few hidden secret ingredients we’ve recently added to ours that I’ve got to share.

Maca. Maca, is plant native to the Andean Mountains in Peru and has a long history as an Incan superfood. The root of the plant, in particular  has been praised for it’s ability to nourish and balance the body’s endocrine system as well as combat stress and energize. It’s bursting with vitamins, minerals, amino acids and sterols, all requirements for optimal health and immune functioning. Aaand it’s organic, raw, vegan, kosher and gluten-free. So there. Oh yeah and I can’t taste it at all so it’s a totally health freebe… One more thing, it apparently boosts libido so (blush) um, yeah it’s good for you.

Flaxseed oil. You probably aren’t new to the hype surrounding flaxseed oil.  It’s full of Omega-3 fatty acids, primarily alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), and these cool things called ligans. Ligans give us antioxidant and fiber-like benefits, offering protection and aiding in nutrient absorption. (source) All good things my friends.

The rest of the ingredients are just fruits and veggies. I highly recommend using organic when you are juicing/smoothieing, we’re aiming for optimal absorption and no one wants to optimally absorb harmful chemicals that mutate DNA, right? Thought so. If you are going to peel it, I think organic is more of an option (though when possible I use all organic), but please, please keep the berries clean – they are after all part of the dirty dozen, along with apples and celery.

All in all I will say this was one of the best tasting combinations we’ve come up with yet. And as far as the ‘power’ effect, it lasts me 2-3 hours and then it’s time for a snack, but I don’t feel the need for as much coffee in the morning. I usually like to have it in combo with a hard boiled egg, adds some protein and lasts me a bit longer.

What are your favorite smoothie combinations?

~l

 

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11 Responses

  1. Klaire Jacob says:

    I love the way you hand wrote the ingredients and directions :)

    • talkingkadmin says:

      Thanks, I wasn’t sure how readable it would be but I think it worked out ok. I miss writing since I broke my wrist. :)

  2. Chelsea says:

    That is near impossible to read!!

  3. katie says:

    does this work as well if you just use a regular blender? we don’t have vitamix:-(

    • talkingkadmin says:

      I think it will work okay, the celery might make it tough but other than that I think you’ll be fine.

  4. I have recently been using kale in my smoothies. I think it tastes much better than spinach, just saying…Thanks for sharing! Looking forward to trying it soon.

  5. Judy Granda says:

    Is that mace or maca? The only thing I wasn’t sure of since I’m not familiar with maca. If maca, what is it?
    Thanks!

  6. linner says:

    hi,

    i really like your recipes & your site :)

    i just wondered, do you put the whole lemon in? that is, with the peel?

    thanks!

  7. linner says:

    ooops, i just looked at your photos (i skimmed past them the first time)–i see that you did indeed peel them. duh!

    sorry about that!

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