No matter how you label yourself, raw vegan to heavy meat eater, here’s a super duper smoothie recipe that is abundantly healthy and delicious too.
A daily shake or smoothie is an easy way to incorporate more plant-based whole foods in your diet.
It’s easy to pack nutrients into a smoothie. Liquid drinks make it easier absorb the nutrients and require less energy to digest.
The right shake can be used to support your activity level and recovery.
I have a smoothie every day.
Ideally, a shake should contain all the elements of a compete meal: protein, carbohydrate, and fat.
Here are the four main ingredients in this shake: Hemp protein, ground whole flax seeds, chlorella and maca.
Hemp protein is a raw whole food source. It’s a complete protein. It has gained popularity and hemp is now being used not just for food but for all sorts of ordinary items as well (clothes, bags, etc). Hemp protein is alkaline, easy to digest,
and full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and fiber.
Whole flax seeds (avoid flax meal that has had most of its health-promoting oils removed) are the richest source of Omega-3 fatty acids in the plant kingdom and a great source of soluble and insoluble fiber. Buy whole flax seeds, grind them yourself
in a coffee grinder, and then store them in the fridge.
Maca is a South American root vegetable that acts as a powerful adrenal tonic. During times of high stress, maca is highly recommended. It’s high in sterols which help you gain strength, so maca is an important food for athletes.
Chlorella is another food good for stress reduction. It’s a freshwater algae with a protein content exceeding 65%. Chlorella is one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods on earth. It’s highly alkalizing and contains the highest concentration of
chlorophyll found in nature.
After putting the four ingredients in your blender, you can mix in a banana. Use berries too because they are rich in antioxidants. You can try blending in raw pumpkin seeds for iron and ground sesame seeds for calcium, or raw carob powder for
additional flavor and variety.
There are so many benefits to plant-based whole foods.
Just starting off your day with a shake like this goes a long way towards improving your health and well being.
Try this smoothie recipe and let me know what you think!
If you feel stuck and need additional support to adopt a new healthy habit or routine, consider working with me. We can partner up in setting goals, drawing on your skills and strengths, and implementing strategies to help you find your way to lasting healthy success.
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