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About three weeks ago, I saw a challenge on Facebook that I thought I'd like to try. It was for a superfood smoothie and the challenge was to drink it for a week and see if I didn't experience more energy. I had been feeling a bit more tired than normal; especially after exercising and  I could just tell that my body was needing something different. Sometimes, we get in ruts with our foods, and I had been eating the same thing every morning for a long time, so this was an opportunity to change things up a bit. I love challenges, so I took it to the test. I had all the ingredients, although I changed a couple of them.

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I mentally prepared myself to thinking this was going to taste terrible, but I was quite surprised at how good it actually was. So I knew this wasn't going to be too bad, so each morning after my lemon water, I made my smoothie. Within just a few days, I noticed a significant improvement in my energy levels. If fact, I couldn't believe how much better I began to feel, especially when it came to my running. It seems like I have been on a high every day since, so I think my body was telling me it needed some added nutrients (I'm thinking B vitamins). I'm still drinking this superfood smoothie every morning, because I love the way I feel and the energy I experience every day; especially while exercising. I've been able to do more with higher endurance than I have in a long time. I challenge you to try this for a week and see if you don't experience an energy boost! So, what's the secret?

Recipe:

  • 1 cup non dairy milk (I use my home made hemp milk)
  • 1/2-3/4 frozen banana (I use about 3/4)
  • 1/2T maca powder
  • 1/2T spirulina
  • 1/2T cacao powder
  • 1/2T bee pollen
  • 1/2T chia seeds
  • 1/2T raw honey

Blend everything together in a blender until smooth and creamy.

Here are just a few benefits of the ingredients:

Maca:

Helps balance our hormones, stimulates and nourishes the hypothalamus and pituitary glands which are the "master glands" of the body. These glands actually regulate the other glands, so when in balance they can bring balance to the adrenal, thyroid, pancreas, ovarian and testicular glands.


Instead of providing hormones to the body, maca works as an adaptogen which means that it responds to different bodies' needs individually. If you're producing too much of a particular hormone, maca will regulate the production downward. However, if you're producing too little, it'll regulate the production upward.

Chia Seeds:

Has more omega 3 fatty acids by weight than salmon, all essential amino acids, and a rich supply of antioxidants as well as calcium, swells to 10 times it's size so is a great source of fiber

Spirulina: 

Has 2300% more iron than spinach, 3900% more beta carotene than carrots, 300% more calcium than whole milk, 375% more protein than tofu, 31 times more potent than blueberries and 60 times more potent than spinach

Raw honey:

Has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties , promotes body and digestive health, a powerful antioxidant, strengthens the immune system