Smoothies are amazing to start your day with, as they provide many beneficial nutrients all in one glass! Fruit is ideal early in the day since it provides vitamins, minerals and fibre, so incorporating a variety of fruit and other healthy ingredients, makes for a delicious and wholesome beverage.
In the morning it’s great to eat food that is going to give you fuel for the rest of your day. One special ingredient I like to throw into my morning or even for afternoon smoothies, for that extra kick, is maca root powder. This special powder is a superfood that is derived from Peru and grown in very high altitudes. It’s nutritionally dense, as it is rich in B vitamins and is a vegetarian source of vitamin B-12. It’s high in various phytonutrients, minerals, enzymes and amino acids as well. One particular benefit of maca root, is that it helps to balance out and regulate our hormones by stimulating our hormonal glands such as the pituitary gland. This powerful superfood is an excellent energizer, boosts immune system, stamina and endurance, which definitely helps to fight off fatigue. Basically, there are a profusion of health benefits by consuming maca root powder regularly, so that’s why it’s so important to incorporate maca root into your daily food regimen. Maca powder tastes somewhat nutty, so it’s great in smoothies, cereals and in raw energy bars. It’s best not to cook the powder to ensure the preservation of all the amazing nutritional content!
Matcha green tea is another gem that I love to add to smoothies. Matcha is actually the leaves of green tea ground up, so you are able to ingest the entire leaf. The leaves contain an array of nutrients including an immense amount of antioxidants that is unparalleled in comparison with regular green tea. This potent green powder is an antioxidant powerhouse, which is known to be 14 times the amount of most berries, especially blueberries, and it has 10 times the antioxidants of a glass of green tea. One special property of matcha that I want to share, is that it contains a high amount of a rare amino acid, called L-Theanine. This has been used as a supplement to promote calmness and a state of well-being, while providing alertness. Matcha has a strong taste, some like myself don’t mind it, but for those of you that dislike this vegetal, green tea taste, its best disguised in smoothies.
- 1 cup mixed berries (I used frozen)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 3 – 4 ice cubes
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon maca root powder
- 1/4 teaspoon matcha green tea
Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until desired consistency. I like to blend until every seed is pulverized, leaving you with a smooth and frosty smoothie.
A smoothie a day will help you maintain and achieve optimal health and longevity!