Even if you don’t follow a strict vegan food plan, eating a plant based diet rich with nutrient dense ingredients is a wellness goal we should all strive for. An increasing number of studies demonstrate that avoiding dairy, opting for lower sugar meals and prioritizing superfoods defends against chronic disease and increases energy. However in this era of so many popular supplements and powders, it can be hard to know where to start or how to incorporate some of the stronger tasting superfoods into everyday meals. Today we share two vegan recipes for smoothies that are loaded with vegetables and healthy-living essentials like maca, spirulina, cacao nibs, bee pollen and more!
Coconut Maca Smoothie (Nut Free)
This subtly tropical, nut-free smoothie is a great way to sneak vegetables and malty maca into your breakfast or afternoon snack. ICYMI, adaptogens like Maca are having a major moment in the superfood spotlight because they help our bodies regulate hormones and respond to stress. At 20 calories per 1 teaspoon serving, this cruciferous vegetable root delivers fiber, protein, copper, iron, all eight essential amino acids and phytonutrients. For those just starting out with Maca powder, the strong, briny taste is most palatable to ingest when paired with big flavors (hence the coconut in this recipe). As you adjust to Maca’s taste, begin to double or triple the amounts you consume in one smoothie/beverage/bowl of oatmeal.
Makes 1 large serving
- 1 cup coconut beverage or light coconut milk
- 1/2 cup frozen coconut chunks
- 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 large zucchini
- 5 frozen raspberries
- 2 tablespoons low-sugar, gluten free granola of choice (or toasted oats)
- 2 tsp coconut sugar
- 2 tsp coconut flakes (or more if desired)
- 2 tsp cacao nibs
- 1 tsp Maca powder
- Pinch of cinnamon
- Pinch of sea salt
- Place all ingredients in a your blender. Note: If using an older or less powerful model, split ingredients into two batches to make sure everything gets well incorporated.
- Once everything is evenly blended, pour into glass or bowl.
- Top with the coconut shreds, granola or oats, crumbled frozen raspberries and cacao nibs. Enjoy!
Spirulina Spinach Smoothie
“The Hulk” could also serve as a name for this heavy-duty green smoothie that incorporates the ultimate vegan superfood Spirulina within a flurry of veggies, berries and nuts. Similar to Maca, Spirulina is really good for you but quit strong tasting to the untrained palate. This recipe offsets the superfood’s algae taste with anti-inflammatory turmeric, antioxidant rich berries, crunchy seeds and bold nut butter. Feel free to play with the proportions of these ingredients in your own kitchen!
Makes 1 large serving
- 1 cup plain cashew yogurt or dairy-free yogurt of choice (we love Forager and Kite Hill)
- 1 cup organic spinach
- 1/2 cup organic frozen or fresh blueberries
- 1/3 cup unsweetened nut milk of choice
- 2 medjool dates
- 1 tsp Spirulina
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 3 large or 5 small ice cubes
- 1 tsp mixed nut butter (we love this one from Trader Joe’s)
- 1 tsp bee pollen
- 1 tsp golden flax seeds
- 1 tsp hemp hearts
- Combine frozen berries, ice, nut milk and spinach in blender. Mix into a uniform consistency, then add all remaining ingredients.
- Pour into bowl or glass and top with a drizzle of mixed nut butter, the flax seeds, hemp hearts and bee pollen. Enjoy!
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