My Superfood Smoothie

21/5/2013

So. Many of my conversations recently have veered on to the topic of health and wellness, and invariably I somehow manage to steer it in the direction of what I put in to my morning superfood smoothie. I know. You don’t have to tell me. My chat is awesome.

But before you start feeling sorry for my friends, especially the ones who get a tour of my pantry during parties, ‘just LOOK at these chia seeds’, I think you may be interested too. Because it’s the easiest and quickest way to get a shedload of nutrients in to your body, right at the time of the day when it’s primed to receive them. When you’re breaking fast.

Green Smoothie

The photo in this post is not of my morning smoothie, but of a much prettier, mason jar-ed smoothie. My smoothie ends up looking something like what you’d find in a baby’s nappy, or (what one of my colleagues fondly refers to it as) pond scum. I am glad to report that it tastes like neither, and is in fact quite delicious.

So here’s what goes in to my morning smoothie:

Base of purified water or a milk like almond or oat (a cup to a cup and a half)

Protein (2 tbsp) I’m currently using Vital Protein, but have also used Ezy Protein and Ultimate Warrior which are both great. I’m not a fan of the muscle building protein powders that come in five kilo kegs – they’re full of a considerable amount of crud and have made me sick in the past. So now I stick to the highest quality ones available at health food stores.

Spirulina Powder (1-2 tsp): Also known as nature’s multivitamin, spirulina is one of the most complete and nutritious forms of food available on the planet. One serve (about a teaspoon) of spirulina has the antioxidant qualities of eating two serves of vegetables. It includes 20 amino acids, vitamin B12, beta-carotene, chlorophyll, essential fatty acids (Omegas 3 + 6), and an abundance of trace minerals, elements and enzymes that keep your body singing with health. I use the Hawaiian Pacifica brand and have been really happy with it – I can’t taste it at all when it’s mixed in to a smoothie.

Chia seeds (1 tbsp): These little guys contain Vitamins A, B12 and C, are a pretty complete protein (with 18 amino acids), and are a good source of potassium, phosphorous, folate, zinc, iron, and calcium. They’re also a great source of bowel-regulating soluble and insoluble fibre.

Maca powder (half tbsp): This is a ground root grown in Peru and it helps to level out hormones (in both men and women), increases endurance and energy (including sexual energy), helps to build muscle mass, and improves fertility. I’ve been told that it’s good to take regular breaks from maca, due to its stimulant effects, which I do by only having it during weekdays, and not on weekends. If you’ve never taken it before, start with small doses and slowly build your way up.

Raw Cacao (half tbsp-one tbsp): The basic form of chocolate, raw cacao hasn’t been heat treated and still has all of its beneficial elements intact. It’s the richest antioxidant food in the world (15 times more than green tea), the number one natural source of magnesium (nature’s anti-anxietal), is high in iron, and promotes cardio-vascular health. And it’s yummy.

LSA (Ground Linseed – aka Flaxseed), Sunflower Seeds, Almonds) (1 tbsp): This combo is a powerhouse of nutrients – but is especially rich in Omega 3s, which are great for healthy brain and heart functioning.

Extra virgin Coconut oil (1 tbsp): Previously maligned, coconut oil has been found to contain an array of great properties for our bodies. It’s anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, helps to regulate blood sugar, can boost thyroid function, and contains lauric acid which increases the good HDL cholesterol in the blood, helping to improve cholesterol ratio levels.

Handful of frozen berries: Usually raspberries, or a mix of raspberries and blueberries.

Honey or Rice Malt Syrup: I usually get a plain protein powder, which needs a bit of sweetening. If you get chocolate of vanilla flavour, there’s absolutely no need to sweeten.

Varying additions: Kale, aloe vera, puppy dogs’ tails (just to check if you’re still reading).

I pop all of this in to a blender, and Bob’s your uncle. I use the Tribest personal blender and it works a treat. Especially because I can whiz it, pop a lid on the cup and go. I find that this smoothie keeps me well satiated until about 10:30am or so, but have sometimes been completely fine all the way through to lunch.

I can see that little eyebrow of yours raising over the complete lack of dairy in a SMOOTHIE. It’s practically a given usually. But relax, it’s delicious without it. Almond milk and oat milk are brilliant substitutes if you want it extra creamy, but I find that I get a creamy enough texture just using purified water.

Dairy and I are not exactly on brilliant terms with one another. We aren’t mortal enemies, but I guess you could kind of call us frenemies. I do love her so, and we hang out every so often, but any prolonged interaction leaves me feeling less than my best. How best to put this? Well, if producing phlegm was an Olympic sport, I’d be a podium finish for sure. How delightful! Needless to say, minimising my exposure is in my best interests.

So that’s it. My morning superfood smoothie. Now that it’s all written out, I will no longer be regaling my friends and unsuspecting acquaintances with its ingredients and all their many health benefits.

I’ll just hound them to read my blog instead. Lucky them!

Are you a smoothie drinker? Have any other fave ingredients to share? I’d love to hear your suggestions below.

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10 comments :

  • Jo

    Thanks Carly. As always, an informative and superbly written blog. One question – how do you purify your water? Some other suggestions – to use agave nectar as another way to sweeten, goji berries are a must and baby spinach an excellent to get your greens without the bitterness! I also love to sprinkle caramelised buckwheat kernels on the top for a healthy, yum crunch!

    • Carly

      Thanks, Jo! I purify my water using a basic Brita water purifier. Funny, I’ve been considering the addition of goji berries, so I think that I’ll have to give them a go! And definitely keen to try these buckwheat kernels you speak of – yum! I’ve heard mixed things about agave nectar, do you know much about its advantages? xx

  • lucent imagery

    Every smoothie I make is an experiment. Today’s wasn’t so crash hot! 🙂 I will have to try your recipe. Your dairy comments made me laugh (and sometimes relate too). Zymil is a good friend for me when the desire for milk strikes. Sometimes I do suspect that coconut oil gives me headaches but I’m still testing that theory.

    • Carly

      Haha, true – it always takes awhile to get the perfect amount of ingredients right for your tastebuds. Let me know how you go with this one! I haven’t had much zymil, will have to give it a go xx

  • Kath M

    Carly! Love the recipe. What kind of blender do you have? I’m about to invest and like the sound of one that I can pop the lid on and take with me to work!

    • Kath M

      I just re-read your post and you’ve already said which one! Perhaps I shouldn’t comment on blogs whilst half asleep! 🙂 x

      • Carly

        Hi Kath! You should definitely look in to the tribest if you’re keen on taking it to work – it’s perfect for that. Love xx

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