Some mornings are better than others, right? And sometimes you just don’t want a cup of coffee or tea—you’re hungry, but you need a boost too. This past Monday was one of those days for me. I made the following smoothie and it kept me going all morning and past lunch—I was really zooming. Packed with nutrition, healthy fats, and plenty of energizing greens, cacao and maca (superfoods that will keep you going sans caffeine crash; they let you down gently), it was tasty too.
Note: The energy-promoting aspects of this smoothie are strong enough that for me, an additional coffee, tea, or other caffeinated beverage would be too much, so be careful not to over-stimulate! Give the smoothie 30-40 minutes to feel the effects. Those who have a negative reaction to stimulants should avoid maca and raw cacao.
Super Energizing Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie Recipe
In a blender, combine:
1 tablespoon raw maca power
2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
1 organic banana
1/2 a peach, a whole plum, 1/2 cup blueberries or strawberries
handful greens (I used a mache mix, but spinach, baby kale or even salad mix could work; avoid arugula)
1 1/2 cups water
2 generous tablespoons honey or agave nectar
1/2 cup alt milk (almond, hemp, soy, etc.)
1 tablespoon almond butter
Blend well for a couple of minutes, and enjoy!
Total Calories (approx): 400-420
Photo Credit: thephotographymuse