I enjoy using superfoods in smoothies and trust you will too with these recipes. The ones we've used here are some of the more common powdered or pureed ones you'll find in your health food store. Just remember, superfoods come in many forms - some of which are so common, unmarketed and cheap that we seem to have forgotten how nutrient-packed and good for us these foods are!
These are things like avocados, quinoa, green coconuts, buckwheat, homegrown sprouts, figs, green leafy vegetables, lemons, ginger, walnuts, regular ol’ berries, beetroot, papaya, parsley, comfrey, certain mushrooms, teas and herbs.. and many other everyday foods, season permitting. These gorgeous whole “superfoods” are not only easy on the wallet but are remarkable in their cleansing and health-enhancing abilities.
Maca *may* have given ancient amazonian warriors the libido of a sex-starved stallion on viagra, and noni juice *may* have helped traditional south pacific islanders hammer their bamboo rafts across vast seas...
But let’s not forget these guys lived in pristine rainforests or in tropical paradise, didn’t overindulge at Christmas time, and exercised far more than the average westerner. So to say that certain superfoods gave them “the edge” is in my opinion a little bit reductionist. That said I love using acai, cacao and spices in my smoothies as they are just plain yummy - and who knows, you just might tap into your inner native!
So let's get stuck into some delicious slurpies from our last Active & Healthy workshop...
Antioxidant Hero Cacao Nut Milk
3 cups water
1 frozen banana
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon raw cacao
1 tablespoon raw honey
Place drained nuts and 1 cup of water into a blender. Blend until smooth, then gradually add remaining water. Strain mixture through muslin cloth or a fine strainer, reserving pulp for other recipes such as cookies.
In a blender combine nut milk, antioxidant-rich cacao, honey and banana, process until smooth. Sprinkle with raw cacao nibs and indulge!
2 sachets raw Amazonia acai puree
1 handful frozen berries
1 ½ cups water or freshly squeezed apple juice
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well. Serve cold. Acai is a brazilian berry packed with antioxidants and my personal addiction. Just be sure to use the raw puree rather than the stuff that has had sugar and guarana added - instant head spin if you're a sensitive soul like I am!
Anti-Cancer Coconut Mango Lassi
Flesh of 1 mango
coconut water or coconut milk
1 teaspoon turmeric
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
Honey or stevia as needed
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend well. Serve cold.
Mash it up, drink it down, love it all :)