Feb 102017
energy smoothie

Found this energy smoothie recipe on thedailymeal.com. It is credited to Jessica Reidy.

The recipe is a bit different from a lot of what we do in that it features a lot of ingredients that aren’t in most folks kitchens. But, it is really good and, in my experience, does provide a lot of boost for the day.

The rest of this belongs to Jessica:

This smoothie features an all-star cast of superfood sensations. Bananas are good sources of fiber, slow-burning carbohydrates to balance energy throughout the day, and heart-healthy sterols. They are surprisingly nutritious, containing vitamin B6, manganese, vitamin C, potassium, biotin, copper and pectins. They also contain fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) which are a source of food for the friendly bacteria in the human digestive system, and a well-functioning system keeps your energy in-balance.

Mulberries are a respectable source of antioxidants and polyphenols, not to mention vitamin A, B6, B12, C, E, K, riboflavin, folate, calcium and other nutrients that keep your body ticking.

Oats are an excellent source of B vitamins and magnesium. And both oats and cashews are loaded with protein and fiber which keeps your energy up and your digestive system in check. Cashews are also good source of antioxidants and dietary trace minerals such as manganese and copper.

1 frozen banana (TIP: peel and slice the banana BEFORE FREEZING)
1 cup fresh mulberries (or ½ cup dried)
1 cup kale
1 tablespoon dried lavender
1 cups apple juice
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 teaspoon lucuma powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. The lavender complements the mulberries beautifully and adds a calm edge to the energizing kale, berries, cashews, and oats. I like this smoothie when I have a stressful day ahead of me.

Energy Smoothie

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