Blueberry Cacao Smoothie
I smash one of these delicious smoothies back almost every day.
It can be hard in today’s life to squeeze in all of the fruit, leafy greens, and other various “superfoods” that you should be eating. The current trend is to throw all of these things in a cup and blend them to smithereens.
I tend to agree.
Bananas for body, blueberries for antioxidants, flaxseeds for anticarcinogens, dark leafy greens for iron, nut butter for richness, maca powder for kick, and cacao powder for vitality (and deliciousness).
Sounds about right to me. Enjoy!
1 large banana
1/2 cup of blueberries
1 tablespoon flaxseeds
As much dark leafy greens as you can
1 tablespoon nut butter (I like almond)
1 teaspoon maca powder
2 teaspoons cacao powder
1 cup water
Total 5 minutes
High-powered blender / NutriBullet etc
This one is super easy – throw all of the ingredients in the blender cup/jug and blend to smithereens. Adjust for however long that takes in your machine.
Don’t worry too much about how long you blend. I’ve done the research, and blended fruit delivers a nutrient punch that chewing just can’t deliver.
Just remember, you can’t survive on smoothies so make sure that you’re feeding yourself good wholefoods at your other meals. Wholefoods deliver undigested fibre and starches to your stomach and intestines – fuel not just for you, but for your gut microbiome. Your gut flora feeds on these starches and fibre, and is required for a healthy digestive system.
Cheating with smoothies allows your body to suck up all the nutrients much more effectively, but leaves your ultimate partner in crime down below high and dry. Food for thought!
Another thing to remember is to sip your smoothie slowly as you drink it. It’s a lot easier to gulp a smoothie than it is to eat a salad and fruit. The body gets hit by a sudden onslaught of glucose and nutrients, which swings your blood sugar to rapidly. Slow down, and try to sip away at it over the course of 10-15 minutes – your body will thank you.
One more thing, but for the sake of your teeth, try to drink your smoothie through a straw. This particular recipe is relatively low in acidity, but the more acidic smoothies will soften your enamel for a short while. Try not to swill the smoothie around in your mouth, and once you’ve drunk it, a glass of water with a bit of sloshing around will help prevent enamel erosion long-term.