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Superfood Smoothie For Energy!

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By Nancy Smorch

I was feeling great this morning.  I got up, took Missy (our Dutch Shepherd mix) for a walk.  Let the horses out of the barn and fed them. Played with one of our horses - had him do a little work before putting him in the pasture (he was a little mouthy this morning!).  Played around in the garden for a bit and picked some cucumbers to snack on.  Took Frankie up to the school for her driver’s training at 9:30.

I was full of energy, and came home buzzing around the house.  I hadn’t taken he time to eat breakfast yet and because I was feeling so good, I was tempted to keep going until I got hungry.

Thankfully, my instincts kicked in (and I listened to them), and reminded me that the reason I was probably feeling so good was because I had a good night’s sleep and I had a good dinner yesterday evening.  So fortunately, rather than pushing myself to the limit (which is what I have done in the past), I stopped what I was doing, and decided to make a snack.

I was thinking a power-packed smoothie would do me good and keep this higher energy level going, so I set out to create just that.  I used some of the recipes that Martha Stewart posted of their most-pinned smoothies, and then enhanced them with what I had available, and some superfood additions.

I had to do some adapting (which I have gotten used to), because a lot of smoothie recipes I see call for yogurt.  Since I am off dairy for a while, I had to figure out a way to get that creamy, dairy feel and taste... without the dairy.

I gave whole fat coconut milk a try and it worked really well - and without much of a coconut taste.

I looked in our pantry on the “Superfood Shelf” to see what I could add to the basic smoothie.  I decided to add some hemp seeds, collagen protein powder (from Bulletproof Executive), and Vanilla Powder (also from Bulletproof Executive).  I also decided to put in some Sacha Inchi Powder which is high in protein, iron, fiber, and calcium.  I decided to throw in some almonds for fun (and some vitamins, minerals, fat, and protein).

I was pleasantly surprised at how well it turned out - and it kept me feeling full for quite a while.  Give it a go and let me know what you think!

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1/2 cup full fat coconut milk

1/4 cup rice milk (or milk of choice)

3/4 cup quick gluten free organic oats

1 Tbsp. honey

1 Tbsp. almonds

1 Tbsp. collagen protein powder

1/2 tsp. vanilla powder (or vanilla)

1 Tbsp. Sacha Inchi Powder

1 Tbsp. hemp seeds

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.  Adjust the consistency if needed - if you like a thinner smoothie, add more rice milk.  If you like a thicker one, add more frozen strawberries.

Honestly, how great are smoothies?  If I put all of these ingredients in a bowl and tried to eat them and get all of the nutrients from them, it probably wouldn’t go so well - not only would it not look appetizing, it wouldn’t taste good.  But put them all in a blender, and it turns into something quite magical - I say magical, because it tastes good and gives me the energy I need to do the things I want.  Love that!

Even if you don’t have all of the superfood ingredients in this recipe, play around with what you do have - experiment with ingredients and let me know if you come up with some winners too!