- Edited April 4, 2018 -
Making a smoothie can often sound like a lot of work, but my secret for keeping up with daily smoothies is that I don’t measure most of the ingredients! In fact - I’m more of an eyeball it/go with how it tastes kind of chef in general. The less time and mess created in the kitchen, the more likely we are to keep up with nutritious home cooking, am I right?
When you’re feeling low or need an energy boost, it’s no secret that cravings for comfort food can be strong and grabbing the nearest salty or sweet packaged snack is temptingly easy to settle for when you’re short on time. I created the Feel Good Smoothie by following my cravings while trying to give my body what it needs. Also, it was morning, I was trying to kick caffeine, feeling melancholy, and I wanted chocolate, badly. ;)
Each ingredient serves a purpose and when blended together, tastes delightful. It’s a mood boosting, energy giving, anti-inflammatory, hormone regulating, nutrient dense, satisfying way to get in your greens, fiber, and fruit! Try it any time of day when you need an energy boost, are feeling blue, or want to nourish your body.
I invite you to have a little fun with this chocolatey, good for you goodness!
MAKES -2- LARGE SERVINGS
- 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (Vitamin E, calcium)
- 1 large handful organic spinach (mood booster, folate, digestion support, fiber, protein, antioxidants, Vit C)
- 1 small handful organic kale (mood booster, folate, detoxifying, digestion support, fiber, antioxidants)
- Frozen organic blueberries (antioxidants, fiber)
- Frozen organic sweet dark cherries (mood booster, antioxidants, fiber)
- 1 ripe banana (mood booster, B6 (hormone regulation), fluid & electrolyte balance, digestion support)
- ½ an avocado (healthy fat, fiber)
- 2 generous spoonfuls of cacao powder (mood booster, antioxidants, coffee replacement*)
- 1 spoonful of coconut oil (healthy fat, digestion support)
- Blend almond milk and greens together until smooth.
- Add all other ingredients and blend again.
TIP - If you're in a rush, give the blender a quick rinse right away to make clean up easier later on.
VARIATIONS - Cut measurements in half for one large serving. Add some cinnamon, change up the berries, adjust measurements to taste.
*ABOUT CACAO - Cacao does not contain caffeine. Instead, it contains theobromine, related to caffeine but much milder. A tablespoon of cacao powder contains less than 12 mg of this “caffeine.” To learn more about the long list of health benefits we can get from cacao here, including anandamide ("The Bliss Chemical") visit: https://realrawfood.com/cacao-info