There are so many kinds of smoothies to make.... Here's something Duncan and I came up with for Wellness in the Schools. It's packed full of goodness!
- 1 cup mixed berries
- 1 cup yogurt (dairy free if making vegan!)
- 3/4 cup milk (regular, almond, hemp etc)
- 1 cup ice
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 scoop protein powder (I used Joe Cross')
- 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
Blend all ingredients together! Adding some coconut oil & dates would be a nice option for additional sweetness and good fat. Bananas are always welcome too! Experiment with quantities of ingredients depending on the consistency you like to drink your smoothies at!
The cool thing about the Joe Cross protein powder is that it's pea based! This makes it a great choice for vegans and soy-free diets. 1 serving contains 16 grams of protein. It's also a great powder to mix into any juice (it's made to mix easily!) and has a nice neutral flavor.
Chia seeds are a super food that have gained popularity recently. You'll see it in drinks and puddings on the grocery shelves. They are the tiny black seeds from the Salvia Hispanica plant which is related to the mint plant. Chia is the Mayan word for "strength" and chia seeds are used for sustained energy. They are also packed full of fiber, omega-3 fatty acids and protein!
Raw Cacao comes from the seed of the cacao tree. Yes, it's where chocolate comes from - but this form is minimally processed and not laden with any sugar etc. It's different than buying 'cocoa powder'. Cocoa powder undergoes higher temperatures at processing therefore loosing some of it's benefits. Raw cacao is thought to be the highest source of antioxidants and magnesium of all foods. It's nutrient rich and high in fiber. AND it tastes delicious!