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Cacao Berry Avocado Smoothie

Cacao Berry Avocado Smoothie

I am not a morning person… but I am quickly learning to be one.  When I married my husband eight years ago, it never occurred to me that his “morning-ness” would inevitably transfer to our three boys.  Needless to say, this girl-who-loves-to-sleep-in rarely stays in bed past 6:30 am.

Every once in a while, I do stay in bed.  And while I sleep, the little boys have a daddy-date with Lego’s, Car Ramps, and Nerf Guns.  Daddy-date-mornings are incredibly awesome.  Saturday morning I was awoken at 8:30 am by one excited dad who begged me to get out of bed quickly before the destroying-18-month-old had a chance to demolish his latest creations.

Stumbling out of bed, I discovered that my house had been invaded with pirate Lego ships.

Lego ships with pirates and cannons and planks.

Carefully swimming through shark infested oceans (my kitchen floor), I whipped up a batch of my favorite Cacao Berry Avocado Smoothie.  When the treasured smoothie was securely poured into cups, I set sail with my boys and landed on a desert island where I enjoyed my breakfast smoothie.  Simple moments like this are the true treasures found in life.

Cacao Berry Avocado Smoothie

1 handful raw cashews
2-3 Tablespoons raw organic cacao powder
1 avocado
1 very ripe banana
2 Tablespoons maple syrup
Dash of salt
1-2 Tablespoons chia seeds
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1 handful of spinach
1-2 cups water

Directions:
1. Remove pit from avocado and scoop fruit from it’s shell.
2.  Place all of the ingredients in your high-powered-blender (I love my Vitamix – it works perfectly in recipes like this).  Blend ingredients until smooth.  Add additional water if needed to create the consistency you desire.

 

Better Than Cherry Spirulina Smoothie

Better Than Cherry Spirulina Smoothie

As a teenager, my orthodontist created a mold of my teeth using seaweed – disgusting.  I seriously thought I was going to die from gross-ness.  Who in their right mind would voluntarily put seaweeds or algae in their mouth by choice?  Yes, I was once a seaweed/algae pessimist.

My seaweed/algae pessimism came to an end when I began researching foods that contained high levels of iron and iodine – essential nutrients for the body.  The health benefits shocked me – I had no idea that something so disgusting could be so amazing.

My favorite ways to consume Spirulina is in my green smoothies, Green Vibrance Protein Powder, and Spirulina tablets.

 

spirulina shake recipe

 

Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is cultivated from oceans and lakes.  Good for the brain, heart, and immune system, Spirulina supports the immune system, healthy inflammatory responses, and protects against oxidation.  The high iodine content found in Spirulina supports a healthy thyroid and provides relief to those struggling with iodine deficiencies.

Spirulina has also been used to successfully help individuals struggling with depression, asthma, hypertension, digestive problems, skin disorders, fatigue,  stress, and attention deficit disorder.  Spirulina is often considered a complete protein and contains more protein that soy, more iron than beef, and more vitamin A than carrots.  Spirulina is a super-food that your body needs.

 

cherry spinach yogurt and spirulina shake

Better Than Cherry Spirulina Smoothie

1 cups vanilla yogurt (be sure to select a yogurt that is free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, and/or artificial flavors)
1 cups frozen cherries
1/2 cup agave nectar
Two large handfuls of spinach
1/16 – 1/8 tsp. Spirulina  (remember to start small and build your way up)
Milk (almond, soy, rice, dairy, etc.) to desired consitancy

 

Place all ingredients in your Vitamix (or high-powered blender) and blend until smooth.  Pour into cups with fancy straws.

 

Cherry Spirulina Spinach Smoothie

Put your feet up and smile.  Welcome to the Spirulina optimists club.

How To: Make A Green Smoothie

If you are unfamiliar with green smoothies, the main idea is to combine veggies and fruit in a smoothie to help maximize your daily vegetable intake.  My first green smoothie consisted of romaine lettuce, strawberries, and bananas – it wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t something that my kiddos would voluntarily drink.

Since that day I have created a variety of green smoothie recipes that even the pickiest-eater will enjoy.   This first recipe I am going to share with you, is a good place to start.  My four-year-old loves this smoothie so much that he volunteered to teach it.

 


Conner’s Peanut Butter Green Smoothie 
2 bananas
1/2 cup agave nectar, dates, maple syrup, honey, or sucanant
3 cups milk – soy, rice, or almond are best.
3 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup organic creamy peanut butter
2 Tbsp. vanilla extract
Spinach. Spinach. Spinach. Pack it to the brim!

 

Blend in your blender until smooth until smooth – enjoy!  If you do not have a high-powered-blender, I recommend a vitamix.

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