Superfood Smoothie for Lasting Energy
This smoothie “soup” has become my tried and true favorite for breakfast on days that Scott and I have to go out and do landscaping work for customers (or ourselves). I was on an “Acai bowl” kick for awhile there, but those acai packets can get expensive when consuming frequently. I ALWAYS LOVE my GREENS daily, so I wanted to do something similar with the thickness and texture of the acai bowl, but have my GREENS too.
Playing around with smoothie ingredients is so much FUN for me. I know, I’m weird, but I love it! It challenges the creative side in me and helps me break out of the box. If you don’t step outside of the box, you won’t know what wonderment is waiting for you or to discover. Some of the smoothies I prepare in the morning for our breakfast are thinner and don’t stay with us as long. Then, we are having to stop in mid-work to re-fuel to keep going. I wanted thick, creamy, cold, delicious, nutritious and hydrating all at once. I got it! – and we have been enjoying the results so far. I can go HOURS on this smoothie and not be hungry yet have tons of energy and endurance to tackle anything during the day.
If you don’t have some of the ingredients, it’s OK. Substitute with what you do have or play around with your own variations. I’ll give you the recipe I use (and I even change it up with what I have) and then some substitutions for a few ingredients (just to keep the same texture, etc.). Here we go!
Ingredients: (serves 2 Large bowls)
- Organic Kale leaves – 2 or 3
- Dried Figs – big handful (cut off dried stems)
- 2 or 3 frozen bananas
- vanilla extract
- pinch of sea salt
- Maca – 1 TB.
- Coconut water or filtered water – 1 cup
- Meat from 1 young thai coconut
- chia gel (seeds soaked in water and kept in a mason jar in fridge) – 2 TB.
Blend in a high speed blender ( I use a Vitamix) till smooth and creamy, Pour into a large bowl and top with granola, bee pollen, dried superfruit. I believe one of the KEYS to the lasting duration of this smoothie is the granola combined with the thick, density of the smoothie (nutrition and ingredients). I make my own granola (recipe coming real soon, I promise!) and love the crunchy texture in my mouth with the sweet, creamy consistency of the smoothie soup. If you need more sweetness, add a few dates or a few drops of stevia.
NOW, if you don’t have access to:
- coconuts - just use an avocado for the thick, creamy consistency or use some full-fat organic coconut milk in place of the water/ coconut meat.
- Dried figs – substitute what you like: dried plums, dried apricots, dried prunes, Thompson raisins, dates (pitted), etc. – Make sure dried fruit is UNSULPHERED and ORGANIC.
- Kale – use collards, spinach (use LOTS being that it is a thinner green), swiss chard
- chia seeds – use flax seeds (they might “nutty” up the flavor so use less) to taste
- Toppings: use fresh banana slices, fresh fruit, or frozen fruit, cacao nibs, whatever you like.
Pull out your spoon and ladle this delicious and nutritious meal into your mouth and be prepared to JAM for hours. I still love my acai bowls, but this little gem has taken a front seat in my opinion.Hope you get to try it out and maybe come up with your own concoction. What food do you like for energy and endurance? **For those of you that don’t follow me on Facebook, I posted yesterday that for one week only (or while supplies last), I am offering some of my organic watermelon seeds (Personal sized, sweet, juicy, cream colored flesh) for FREE. Just email me (side bar) your address and I’ll pop them in the mail to you. Another reason to “LIKE” me on Facebook. All kind of goodies to share that you might otherwise miss.
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May the GREENS be with You! and Be Inspired! Kibby