Power-Up Morning Smoothie
I have a Toddler Busy Book (which I ordered after my 15 month old quit napping on me) which gives a Mother’s Prayer. It is as follows:
So far today I’ve done all right. I haven’t gossiped, I haven’t lost my temper, I haven’t been greedy, grumpy, nasty, selfish, or very indulgent. I’m very grateful for that. But in a few minutes, Lord, I’m going to get out of bed, and from then on, I’m going to need a lot more help. Amen and double Amen!
Isn’t that the truth?! As far as I’m concerned, everyone can use help getting their day started. In addition to the Lord’s help, I find that starting off the day with power-packed nutrition goes a long way in helping me be energized, positive, and productive. For that reason, I typically start my day with a smoothie. Smoothies are my go-to for breakfast, afternoon pick-me-ups, or whenever I feel I just need more nutrients.
This smoothie is a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Here’s a list of what’s in it and the benefits of each ingredient:
Kale – a superhero in the food world, kale is rich in vitamins A, C, and K, high in anti- cancer carotenoids and flavanoids, and loaded with minerals.
Blueberries – considered a brain superfood, blueberries have compounds which can protect the brain from environmental toxins and even reverse some memory loss and decline of motor skills. Blueberries also help maintain healthy vision, among many other health benefits.
Broccoli Sprouts –Worried about cancer? Eat these. A study done by John Hopkins University found the sulforaphane in broccoli sprouts to prevent, treat, and even stop the growth of malignant tumors. Broccoli sprouts can contain 10 -100 times the amount of sulforaphane as mature broccoli.
Cacao nibs – these are roasted, crushed pieces of the cacao bean and are less processed than the chocolate in dark chocolate bars and have no sugar added. Cacao nibs are full of heart-protective flavanoids and antioxidants, with studies showing they can improve heart health by lowering cholesterol and blood pressure. In addition, they can be a mood booster!
Flax – a wonderful source of the much-needed omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and lignans. Lignans are multi-tasking compounds, providing immune support, hormone regulation, and even cancer prevention.
Spirulina– high in chlorophyll, B vitamins, iron, minerals, and iodine, and a complete protein, containing all essential amino acids, including anti-inflammatory GLA
Cinnamon-can lower LDL, stabilize blood sugar levels, and has anti-microbial and antioxidant properties.
Coconut butter – rich in immune-boosting lauric acid, healthy fat, calcium, and magnesium, and supports metabolism function. I really like this because it just adds a little deliciousness!
Pumpkin seeds –
- 2 cups dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, collards, Swiss chard)
- ½ cup blueberries
- ⅓ cup fresh sprouts (I usually use broccoli or sunflower)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds or ground flax
- 1 inch knob of fresh ginger
- 1 inch knob of fresh turmeric
- 1 Tablespoon pumpkin seeds
- 2 teaspoons spirulina
- 1 teaspoon acai berry powder
- 2 teaspoons cacao nibs
- 1 Tablespoon coconut butter (also called coconut cream concentrate)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon or ½ a cinnamon stick
- 1 frozen banana*
- 1 cup milk of choice, kefir, OR 1 cup water*
- Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix or high-powered blender and blend until smooth.
- If the sweetness is not to your liking, add several pitted dates, honey, or stevia, and blend again.
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