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?
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