Keeping it short and sweet today with a simple smoothie recipe. With spring in full beautiful bountiful bloom and summer so so close, I feel like it's finally socially acceptable for me to start spamming your feeds with smoothies again. Right?
This simple little blend has been my afternoon sweet treat for the last week, fueling my brain and body through long days at the computer, in the studio, and in the kitchen. Aside from tasting like a straight up milkshake, it works wonders on the endocrine system, helping to restore hormonal balance and elevate mood + energy. It also contains a hefty dose of protein and fat to keep focused and feeling full.
Maca - which I discuss a bit more at length here - was the first adaptogenic herb I began using regularly about four years ago, and it totally transformed my skin, energy, and hormonal health. It's one of my favorites still today and I recommend it to many of my female friends + clients for support in these realms. I do find that the quality of maca varies widely among different distributors, so I'm super careful about where I source mine. Moon Juice has been my go-to for years.
In this blend, I use a frozen banana, but I know this ingredient is a bit controversial these days. I am planning to share a full post with my take on this trend + shift very soon, but for now just know you can substitute the banana for half an avocado and two pitted medjool dates if you feel called to do so. I tend to switch between the two options. I also use a Yemenite spice blend called hawaj because it's super dreamy and flavorful, but this can be substituted for a few dusts of ground cinnamon and/or cardamom.
ALMOND BUTTER + MACA SMOOTHIE
- 1 frozen banana OR half an avocado + 2 pitted medjool dates
- 2 tbsp unsweetened almond butter
- 1-2 tsp maca powder
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup unsweetened nut or seed milk
- 1-2 scoops protein powder of choice - my favorite (which actually includes maca in the blend) can be found here
- 1/2 tsp hawaj - a powdered blend of ginger, clove, cinnamon, and cardamom (optional)
TO MAKE: Combine all ingredients in your blender and blend until smooth and creamy.