Wild Blueberry Cacao Superfood Smoothie
ARE SMOOTHIES HEALTHY?
So many things are thrown at us under a blanket term of “healthy” or “unhealthy” but the reality is you have to dig deeper to get a real answer.
Most smoothie/ bowls served to you in cafés are a diabetic nightmare. If your smoothie is mostly blended fruit, you’re introducing large amounts of high glycemic sugars into your body which triggers a high insulin response. Despite the vitamins and minerals, a mostly fruit smoothie will spike your blood sugar and lead to a crash not long after (hello reaching for 5 cups or coffee/ needing a nap).
Smoothies can however tick all the boxes and still be delicious. For a nutrient dense, satiating, balanced smoothie- incorporate healthy fats (like avocado, raw egg yolk, or coconut butter/ oil), a small amount of protein (like collagen or goat’s whey) and finally sneak in as many vegetables/ superfoods/ adaptogens as your taste buds can handle
This is one of my favourite morning smoothies, jam packed with nutritional goodness, and is so thick you can eat it with a spoon. Honestly, this smoothie probably contains more nutrients than most people consume in a week. It might be too hardcore for most people, as my tastebuds have adapted to a very low sugar diet, but you could add a couple of dates of half a banana to sweeten things up!
- 1 cup frozen wild blueberries
- 1/2 an organic avocado
- 1/3 cup organic frozen cauliflower
1/3 cup organic frozen zucchini
- 1 tbsp organic cacao powder
- 2 oz organic, grass fed liver (see note at the bottom about consuming raw meat)
- piece of fresh ginger root
- 1/2 tsp pine pollen
- 1/2 tsp he shou wu
- 1 tsp organic ceylon cinnamon
- 1-2 cups of cold liquid (i use a herbal infusion of red raspberry leaf, dandelion, stinging nettle, and milk thistle) you could use almond milk, coconut milk, tea.
- a few spoonfuls of organic coconut milk kefir yogurt
- a handful of organic toasted coconut chunks
- a sprinkle of organic cacao nibs
- a sprinkle of bee pollen
1. Blend all smoothie ingredients in a high-speed blender; I like to use minimal liquid and occasionally stop the blender to scrape down the sides before bending again to make a super thick smoothie
2. Add toppings of choice, and eat with a spoon
1. I pre-steam my smoothie veggies in large batches and then freeze them. By pre-steaming them you make the veggies more easily digestible, and then by freezing them you keep your smoothie cold and thick. You can also chop a perfectly ripe avocado to easily have avocado chunks to toss in your smoothie
2. it is IMPERATIVE to use only the highest quality meat if you are going to consume it raw. The liver was also previously frozen, to prevent any possibility of parasite contamination
Alternative sources of protein if you're not ready to brave beef liver in your morning smoothie just yet would be a high quality grass-fed collagen or a goat's whey.