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SUPER SMOOTHIES

Serves 1 large glass

 

I break my smoothie method up into 3 parts: Base, Nutrition, and Flavour.

 

My base to all smoothies is frozen banana and pineapple. I prefer frozen fruit as it keeps the smoothie cold and tends to create a smoother texture. Every one of my smoothies also contain organic pure maple syrup/local raw and organic honey for sweetness, vanilla extract, coconut flakes, and water for consistency (I don’t like my smoothies to be too thick so I put about 2 cups of water in at first, then after blending I add more depending on thickness).

  • 1 medium banana
  • 1/4 cup pineapple
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut flakes

 

Next I focus on nutrition, because my smoothie is my first meal of the day, I like to make sure they are packed up with as much valuable nutrition as possible.

  • 1 tbsp Flax oil / flax seeds for Omega, protein and fiber (flaxseeds must be broken before you eat/drink them otherwise the seeds go right through you without releasing the nutrition they hold inside. Oxygen and light are the two main factors that destroy ground flaxseed. A nice tip is to grind the seeds, keep the powder in an airtight opaque container with as little air as possible and then place in the freezer as it prolongs its storage life.)
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds as they contain large amounts of fibre and omega-3 fast acids, high quality protein, and several essential minerals and antioxidants (I like to sprinkle my chia seeds on top of my smoothie as I prefer the crunch more than the swollen jelly-like texture)
  • Plant based Protein powder according to packaging instructions (Options from Thrive: Phyto Pro Lifestyle Protein with Pea Protein Isolate – Vanilla; Wazoogles Organic Plant-based Superfood Protein Shake – Vanilla Sky/Unicorn Berry/Plant Power/Chocolate Moondust/Kungfu Coffee; Metagenics UltraMeal Advanced Protein; Lifematrix Raw vegan Protein Powder)

 

And finally, flavour. This part can be fun. The following are my go-to combinations…

  1. Chocolate: 2 tsp cacao powder; 2 tsp cacao nibs
  2. Cinnaberry: 1/2 cup frozen blueberries; 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  3. Acai berry: 2 tbsp Acai berry powder; 1/2 cup frozen berries of your choice
  4. Nutty: 1/4 cup Cashews; 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
  5. Spinberry: 1/3 cup frozen strawberries; 1 cup spinach leaves (packed tightly)
  6. Choc-nut: 2 tsp cacao nibs; 1 tbsp peanut butter; 1/4 cup cashews
  7. Mocha: 1 tsp coffee; 2 tsp cacao powder; 2 tsp cacao nibs
  8. Banoffee: 1 tsp coffee and 1/2 extra unfrozen banana
  9. Chocaberry: 2 tsp cacao nibs; 2tsp cacao powder; 1/2 cup blueberries

 

For more VALUABLE information on some vital smoothie superfoods, try these books:

– The Magic of Superfoods – Peter & Beryn Daniel

AND

– Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements by Phyllis A. Balch, CNC (I call this my NUTRITIONAL BIBLE)

~ Rebecca Hayter

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