Sadly, our Natural Foods Boot Camp at Whole Foods Market is almost over! We have had so much fun testing and tasting a variety of Green, Bean, Grain, Drink + Treats recipes. Last week we tackled ‘Juices + Smoothies’ and I wanted to share a recipe from the class.
This subtly sweet and creamy drink showcases a few ‘super food’ ingredients that you may have read about, or seen in the store, but haven’t had a clue how to use them. This is a great smoothie to start the day or have as a mid-day snack. The balance of protein + fiber + healthy fat will keep you full and steady blood sugar levels.
If you haven’t signed up yet, we have a few spots left in the ‘Naturally Sweet Treats’ class on Thursday! Sign up soon – hope to see you there!
Here’s a little more info on each special ingredient:
Acai berries: This fruit is found in Central and South America. They berries are a deep purple color and smaller than a grape. You can find acai berries state side frozen, juiced, or in freeze-dried powder form. Acai pulp is very rich in antioxidants – more than blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, etc. You can also use acai berries in this breakfast bowl recipe.
Chia seeds: Chia seeds, also called Salvia Hispanica, are native to Mexico and Guatamala. These tiny seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, and are excellent sources of fiber. Chia seeds are also a good source of plant-based calcium. Soak them in water before using so your body can more easily assimilate all of their nutrition.
Hemp seeds: Hemp seeds can be eaten raw, ground into a powder, made into milk, or pressed into oil. Hemp seeds are rich in omega fatty acids, protein and iron.
Maca root: Maca is a root vegetable native to Peru and Bolivia. You can find it available in powder, liquid or capsule form. This vegetable has been used to combat fatigue, boost libido, and support adrenals. A little goes a long way – so be sure to use a small amount!
Superfood Protein Smoothie
1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk (substitute water or coconut water)
½ cup wild blueberries, frozen
1 portion of frozen, unsweetened acai berry pulp (4 oz)
1 medium banana
3 tablespoons ground hemp
1 tablespoon chia seeds soaked in 3 tablespoons water (for at least 5 minutes)
1 teaspoon maca
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Add milk, blueberries, acai, banana, hemp, chia mixture, maca, and cinnamon to blender; blend until smooth.
Yield: 1 serving
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