Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender till smooth. Can serve one or two, depending on appetite!
Some notable health benefits of this smoothie/shake include Vitamin C from the orange, Omega-3 fatty acids and protein from the hemp milk and hemp protein, natural energy from the sweetness of banana and orange, Vitamin A, iron, and calcium from the kale, and a bundle of phytonutrients. Plus the deliciousness that is fresh vanilla!
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender. Add more almond milk if the texture is too thick. Enjoy!
*Maca is an herbaceous plant native to the high Andean Mountains of Bolivia and Peru. It is one of the only food plants in the world able to thrive at such a high altitude. Maca, and more specifically the root of the plant, has a long history as a superfood. The maca root was prized throughout the Incan empire for its adaptogenic-like qualities that enable it to nourish and balance the body’s delicate endocrine system, and to help cope with stress. It also energizes naturally, without the jitters and crashes of caffeine, and it can aid in reproductive function, helping to balance hormones and increase fertility.
This one has garnered a bit of attention of late – it was the lucky winner of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition’s photo of the week last week and I was a very happy camper when I found out about that! Given its popularity I thought I’d post the recipe and share the love. I appreciate this may not be everyone’s cup of tea – it is (clearly) very green and thick and it is full of salady ingredients combined with sweet ingredients that may prove an acquired taste for some. In any case it makes for a great breakfast or lunch if you’re flagging, running late, can’t be bothered to chop or all of the above. So here goes:
I made this in a standard blender.
Appx. 130g hemp milk (or other choice of milk)
1 scoop of pure hemp protein powder
2 big handfuls of english or baby spinach
A few sprigs of parsley
1 dessert spoon chia seeds (softened)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon hemp seed oil
1 heaped teaspoon maca powder (optional)
1 heaped tablespoon natural yoghurt
½ teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
¼ teaspoon dried turmeric
Raw honey to taste
Throw all ingredients in the blender and blend until really smooth. Pour (or scoop!) into a glass or cup and sprinkle with whatever your heart desires. Mine is sprinkled with shelled hemp & pumpkin seeds and goji berries.