This is the Autumn version of my Feel Good Smoothie! It’s such a great way to start the day, grab a quick nutritious snack after some exercise or maybe even a quick lunch! I’ve packed it full of goodness with a warming hint of chilli to kick start my metabolism in the morning. Don’t worry this doesn’t make a spicy smoothie, the warmth kind of creeps up on you very slowly and gently!!
I’ve tried to create a smoothie that contains a good amount of protein to keep me full, isn’t too sweet and is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals as well as some good fats to keep me healthy as the days get shorter and weather cooler. Having spinach for breakfast isn’t everyones cup of tea (sorry!!) but its a great way to increase your daily vegetable intake alongside the banana and blueberries. I also add a generous half teaspoon of broccoli powder for an extra boost but this is completely optional.
Maca powder is a great to include in your diet especially in the mornings. Its full of B vitamins, calcium and iron to help promote good energy levels and I’m up for all the kick starts I can get in the morning! Its also high in zinc which helps balance our hormones and assists in reducing fatigue and tiredness. It adds a delicious malty flavour and if you’re extra tired you can increase this to a tablespoon. You can find it in health food shops and some good supermarkets.
a good large handful of young spinach, washed
handful of blueberries
1tbsp chia seeds
1tbsp hemp seeds
1tbsp almond butter
2 teaspoons maca powder
1/4tsp ground cinnamon
a generous pinch each of chilli flakes and pink himalayan salt
Place all the ingredients in a nutribullet or blender. Add 3 or 4 cubes of ice and about half a pint of cold water, or up to the line in a medium nutribullet cup. Blend until the mixture looks smooth and creamy. Enjoy immediately whilst still fresh and packed full of goodness! This make a very generous serving for one but could also be shared!
If you find your blender isn’t powerful enough to process the seeds then use milled flax seeds instead of whole ones.
Find a link to NutriBullet on my Favourite Equipment page