We all have those days when a little extra boost is needed – instead of grabbing a cup of coffee in the mornings make this berry superfood smoothie to kick start your day. Full of super foods, flavour and protein you will be satiated and give your insides some extra love.
I have used maca root powder, lucuma, chia seeds and maqui berry powder in this dairy free, gluten free, vegan smoothie.
Maca has a slight caramel taste and can help to balance hormones, enhance libido and provide energy. Maca is also a great source of protein for vegans as it contains all of the essential amino acids.
Lucuma is a new pantry staple in my house and one that works so well in baking and smoothies thanks to its sweet taste. Lucuma contains beta-carotene, vitamin B3, zinc and fibre.
Chia Seeds are highly nutritious and a must in any smoothie thanks to their high levels of Omega 3, omega 6, protein and fibre. Soak the seeds in water for 10 minutes before adding to smoothies/juices to double their size and help them sweep through your GI tract and regulate blood sugar levels.
Maqui is a purple berry that is native to South America. Maqui is incredibly high in anti-oxidants so being able to eat this plant in powder form is great as you are consuming a large amount of nutrients at once.
1 cup almond milk (or any other dairy free milk)
1 cup frozen berries
1 tsp maca root powder
1 tsp lucuma powder
1 tsp chia seeds (soaked in water for 10 minutes)
1 tsp maqui berry power
1 serving of "natural" Clean Lean Protein
Handful of ice cubes.
1) Put milk, ice and berries in a blender first, then add powders and chia seeds.
2) Blend on high until combined.
I topped mine with goji berries.
Julia and Libby are sisters who are lovers of everything that nourishes the body, mind and soul. They believe that beauty starts from within and food can be used as medicine in order to keep us healthy. Their approach to health is connected to both their educational study of the subject and their personal beliefs on the lifestyle it creates.
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