,Jump start your day with an energizing smoothie that takes less than 5 minutes to make. This tasty green berry smoothie is the perfect breakfast choice or snack for those on the go.
Packed with low glycemic fruits, powerful greens and fiber this smoothie is essential to balance your digestive system and give you the protein and nutrients your body needs. Topped off with essential fatty acids crucial for your body to function, it ensures the stay-power to keep you satisfied until lunch or in between meals.
Essential fatty acids are important to take in as our bodies do not make them. We need to eat foods rich in fatty acids like chia seeds, flax seeds, walnuts, salmon, or other sources. They are also known for their anti-inflammatory effects.
By adding the South American superfood chia seeds to your smoothie, you are getting a powerhouse of omega 3’s and nutrients. Grown in Mexico and South America, ancient civilizations believed that the chia seed provided supernatural powers. In Mayan, “chia” means “strength.” Chia seeds have little to no flavor and can be added to a wide range of foods for texture.
Flax is another rich source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, called alpha-linolenic acid (or ALA). Flaxseeds are most beneficial when ground into flaxseed meal as it helps absorb the fiber it contains keeping you full until your next meal.
Recipe (Latte): Pumpkin Spice Latte
3 tbsp coconut milk or almond milk
1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon)
¼ tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp pumpkin puree
½ tsp maple syrup (optional)
1 cup coffee (decaf if preferred)
Add all ingredients to blender and blend until creamy.
Serve & enjoy!
Tip: You can use tea instead of coffee if you prefer.
Recipe (Smoothie meal): Chia Peach Green Smoothie
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 chopped peach
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
Add ingredients to blender in order listed (you want your greens on the bottom by the blade so they blend better and have the chia on the bottom to absorb some liquid before you blend).
Wait a couple of minutes for the chia seeds to start soaking up the almond milk.
Blend, Serve and Enjoy!
Tip: Smoothies are the ultimate recipe for substitutions. Try swapping different greens, fruit or seeds to match your preference.
Bonus: Chia seeds not only have fiber and essential omega-3 fatty acids but they contain all of the essential amino acids from protein.
1 bag of rooibos chai tea (rooibos is naturally caffeine-free)
2 cups of boiling water
1 tablespoon tahini
1 tablespoon almond butter (creamy is preferred)
2 dates (optional)
Cover the teabag and dates (if using) with 2 cups of boiling water and steep for a few minutes.
Discard the tea bag & place tea, soaked dates, tahini & almond butter into a blender.
Blend until creamy. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Serve and Enjoy!
Smoothies are one of the best ways to get large quantities of fruit, greens, and superfoods into your diet…but all of that drinking your meals, instead of eating them, can get old fast. Smoothie bowls offer the perfect solution. They’re composed of a thick smoothie (with the consistency of sorbet) layered in a bowl with colorful, crunchy toppings. Smoothie bowls are eaten with a spoon instead of a straw and they’re more of a celebration than a chore to eat. Plus, they’re ideal for kids since they can top their own smoothie bowls according to personal preference!
Theoretically you can turn any smoothie recipe into a smoothie bowl recipe by decreasing the quantity of liquid. You will need a high powered blender capable of handling thick, frozen fruit based concoctions. This recipe offers a tried-and-true formula for crowd-pleasing smoothie bowls. The flavor profile can be varied endlessly.
This sunshine smoothie bowl is a unique, lemon-flavored bowl with a bright fresh color and flavor, punctuated with the spicy kick of ginger and cilantro. It’s sunny appearance and immune-boosting add-ins make it the ideal breakfast or snack during the wet, rainy days of spring. Add some sunshine to your life and keep your immune system happy with this simple recipe.