Saturday, August 24, 2013

Amazing Super Smoothie

I find super foods super energizing. That’s why I used them so much. Although fruits and greens by themselves make perfectly nutritional and delicious smoothies, super foods can give it that extra kick. There is a wide variety of super foods to try. All come from amazing plant life from various parts of the world. Nowadays you can find most of these wonderful super foods at your local natural grocery store, and most definitely online. Here are some of the main super foods I’ll be using in today’s smoothie recipe:

Maca root has been growing high in the Andes Mountains for hundreds of years. I’ve read several articles that claim maca to be one of the most powerful medicinal plants on earth. Maca has an overwhelming amount of vitamins and minerals. It’s best known for regulating brain function, hormone levels, and helps with libido for both men and women. Maca is found in powdered form.

Camu fruit has up to 60 times more Vitamin C than the orange, and is considered to have more Vitamin C than any other plant in the world. It also contains certain amino acids that support the immune system, as well as act as an astringent, antioxideant, andti-inflammatory, and an antidepressant. Camu can be found in powdered form, and as a commercially processed juice.

Lucuma is a natural nutrient dense sweetener, containing high levels of cartone, and Vitamin B3, a  good source of carbohydrates, fiber and iron. Lucuma comes in powdered form.

Suma root is a vine found in the tropical forests of South America. It is known for its amazing healing properties and disease preventive qualities that are similar to that of Ginseng. Suma helps regulate digestion, the nervous system, and the cardiovascular system. It’s known to improve the immune system, and promote cell regeneration. Suma lowers blood sugar and blood pressure, as well as cholesterol. It is an analgesic, and an anti-inflammatory. Suma is found in powdered form.

Cordyceps Mushrooms are considered a medicinal fungi. It has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Cordyceps have been used to treat coughs, fatigue, and even cancer.

Bee Pollen is the actual pollen that bees collect from the flowers to take back to their hives and use as food. It provides the body with vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids, enzymes, fats, and it’s high in antioxidant activity. It is good for the digestion by destroying harmful bacteria and is easy to digest. The benefits of bee pollen are endless!

Vanilla is best known as an aphrodisiac and digestive stimulant.

Stevia is 300 times sweeter than table sugar and great for teeth. It has zero calories, zero carbohydrates, and zero glycemic so it’s perfect for weight control, and regulating blood sugar levels.

Hemp is the optimum balance for human health based on it’s high content of fiber, protein, and specifically it’s essential fatty acids (EFA’s).

Chia Seeds are one of the most powerful and nutritious super foods to eat. It’s an excellent source of fiber, rich in antioxidants and protein, and full of vitamins and minerals. Chia seeds boost energy, reduce cravings, and are easy to digest.

Cacao nibs are the small pieces of the cacao bean. Cacao is considered one of the best sources of natural magnesium, and is a super rich antioxidant. Although cacao is known for its healing qualities, there is still much controversy surrounding its true healthful impact. Regardless, I love chocolate, and raw cacao is definitely superior to any processed chocolate you will ever experience!

Now for the super powerful, super energizing, super healing, super delicious recipe:

Amazing Super Smoothie
Ingredients:
1 packet or 8 grams (1 scoop) Amazing Grass Berry Flavor Drink Powder (or other super greens powder)
2 T raw protein powder
1 T maca powder
1 T camu powder
1 T lucuma powder
1 tsp suma powder
1 T raw cacao nibs
2 tsp raw vanilla bean powder
1 T (heaping) raw honey
1/2 T chia seeds
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/4  raw sliced almonds
1/4 tsp cordyceps mushrooms
1/2 T bee pollen
1 T cold pressed hemp oil
3-4 drops vanilla flavored SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia
3 bananas (peeled)
1 cup blueberries (frozen)
1 cup cherries (frozen)
1 cup fresh coconut water
filtered water as needed


Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender. Blend until super smooth and creamy. Serve cold. Makes 2 to 3 large servings.