Superfood Green Smoothie – an Ageless Diet™ Recipe

This smoothie is a superfood powerhouse. It’s also creamy, mildly sweet, filling, and delicious. It’s perfect for an afternoon snack or for breakfast. What makes this smoothie so good for you and energizing? Well, of course it has kale, but the real stars are the added maca powder, bee pollen, and hemp seeds. These are the superfoods we’re focusing on today. Superfoods are nutrient superstars that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Let’s start with maca. Maca is a nutritionally dense adaptogenic (helps you adapt and deal with stress) superfood that contains high amounts of minerals, vitamins, enzymes and all of the essential amino acids. This root is rich in B vitamins, and maca is a vegetarian source of B-12. Maca root also helps balance our hormones. I add bee pollen to this smoothie because it brings sweetness, and it’s good for you. Skip it if you’re vegan. I’ll paraphrase Royden Brown in his book “Bee Hive Product Bible” about the nutrient rich bee pollen. It contains all essential amino acids, 28 minerals (including calcium, magnesium and iron), 12 vitamins (including vitamins B, C, E and D), 11 enzymes and coenzymes, 11 carbohydrates and 14 beneficial fatty acids. These are antioxidants that boost the immune system and help keep us ageless. And, lastly, good old hemp seeds. Hemp seeds give you a balanced ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, proteins, vitamin A, E and D, and many B vitamins, not to mention sodium, calcium, dietary fiber and iron. If you haven’t tried hemp seeds or hemp oil, do. The taste is lovely. Mild and nutty, and it’s really anti-inflammatory. 

Superfood Green Smoothie
Serves 2
An energizing, delicious, superfood packed green smoothie that will power you through your day and keep you looking and feeling ageless.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
7 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
2 min
Total Time
7 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups chopped kale
  2. 1 banana, peeled, chopped
  3. 2 cara cara or blood oranges, peeled, cut into segments
  4. 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or a nut milk of your choice, brazil nut milk is a good option)
  5. 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  6. 1 tablespoon bee pollen
  7. 2 teaspoons maca powder
  8. Filtered water (about 1 cup)
  9. Ice (about 1 cup)
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to the blender, with barely enough water to cover. (You want a little, creamy smoothie, not a water, thin one.)
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Add the almond milk and ice. Blend for another 20 seconds or so.
  4. Serve in 2 big glasses.
Notes
  1. Please use all organic ingredients in this smoothie. The idea is to detoxify and feel better, and using organic ensures you'll get less toxins in your food. If you're vegan, skip the bee pollen and add extra hemp seeds. The maca powder, bee pollen, and hemp seeds are all very easy to find these days, either online or in a grocery store near you. I used cara cara orange because they're in season now, and I love their color and flavor. But a regular navel or valencia orange will work fine. Just be sure to use an organic orange - more nutrients!
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About the Author: Tania Van Pelt is the creator of Happiness Series. She is a writer and content creator, working in film, tv, and online. She wrote the popular lifestyle book "Ageless Diet," published in late 2015. And she is currently working on her next book. She also developed a sitcom pilot set in the restaurant business called "Employees Only TV" and is developing another web series comedy about Denver.

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