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1. Acai flax
Berries, in general, are a good source of antioxidants, and acai berries have sky high levels. Acai berries are also popular for boosting energy and are thought to promote skin health. Flax seeds have been touted for a variety of health benefits, including being heart healthy and potentially reducing the risk of breast cancer or diabetes. A natural source of Omega 3s, flax seed works best when freshly ground just before adding it to a recipe. Acai berry blends are conveniently available from the freezer section in health food stores for a speedy, healthy smoothie base.
- 1 packet frozen acai berry blend (rinsed under warm water for 5 seconds according to instructions)
- 1/3 cup frozen berries (I used blueberries, but any will do!)
- 3/4 cup to 1 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp ground flax seeds
Put all the ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. I also think this recipe would be delicious if you swap out some of the non-dairy milk for a non-dairy vanilla or plain yogurt.
2. Chocolate hemp seed
Who doesn’t love a chocolate smoothie? This superfood smoothie could be a healthy dessert treat just as easily as it could be a beloved breakfast (which it certainly is in our house). Raw cacao has been given numerous accolades on account of its antioxidant and nutrient profile, including mood and cardiovascular benefits. I prefer raw cacao (or cocoa powder) because it tastes delicious, is less processed, and hasn’t had sugar or anything else added to it. Hemp seeds provide fiber, protein, and a dose of healthy fats. Blended with a nut butter such as almond or peanut butter, this creamy, dreamy smoothie should keep you filling satiated for hours.
- 1 banana, chopped and frozen
- 1 Tbsp raw cocoa or cacao nibs
- 1/ 2 cup- 3/4 cup non-dairy milk
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp hemp seeds
- 1/2 Tbsp nut butter (I used almond)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Top, if desired, with a few additional cacao nibs and serve.
3. Spirulina mango coconut
A tropical getaway in a glass. Spirulina earns its superfood title by being a surprisingly good source of protein as well as calcium and iron, but it can have a bit of a smell, so don’t go dumping spoonfuls into your smoothie just yet. Mango, high in Vitamins A and C, is a sweet treat, so it makes a perfect balance with the spirulina. Add some shredded coconut for taste and texture, and you’ve got a great, healthy way to begin your day.
- 3/4 cup non-dairy milk (coconut milk would be great here!)
- 1/2 tsp -1 tsp spirulina
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
- 2 tsp dried shredded coconut
- 1-1/2 tsp maple syrup
Place all ingredients in a blender and whizz together until well-blended. Top with a little dried shredded coconut, if desired, and enjoy immediately.
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