A smoothie a day keeps the doctor away

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I can’t really remember when my smoothie habit started kicking in, although I vaguely trace it back to those days when I was working like a slave in corporate Manila, and I was still yo-yoing between being a hardcore chain smoker and a detox addict, all very indicative of my often contradicting personality. At some point, I had convinced myself that adding chia seeds on everything equalled to me being “healthy” and I pretty much left it at that. A couple of years later, and an eye-opening first time in Bali later, I was inspired to take up a healthier habit – this also months after recovering from a stressful few weeks of battling pneumonia and consequently kicking my nicotine habit, for good.

I had become the meditating, mindfulness-preaching hippie I had always been trying to suppress. In my mission to enrich my life and replace my bad habits with better ones, I experimented on my smoothie recipes, piling on the superfoods as I went along and figuring out my best and most fool proof formulas.

Here are the superfoods that are always stocked in my kitchen:

  1.  Chia Seeds
  2.  Raw Spirulina
  3.  Matcha
  4.  Raw Maca X
  5.  Raw Acai
  6.  Raw Wheatgrass
  7.  Bee Pollen
  8.  Yerba Mate
  9.  Grass Fed Whey
  10.  Raw Acerola

I don’t follow strict protocol on what to put in my smoothies, but I try not to pile on too many ingredients, simply because I still want to be able to taste the fruit base it is made of, and I want to be able to enjoy the smoothie as it is – it shouldn’t be off putting in taste because then you have missed the point. The idea is to create something that is bursting with nutrients and vitamins, but is also enjoyable just because it is tasty.

These are my top three fool-proof recipes:

Peanut Butter & Acai Brekkie Smoothie

  • 2 large over-ripe frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 1 tsp Raw Acai
  • 1 tsp Raw Maca X
  • 1 tsp Peanut Butter
  • 1 tsp Chia seeds
  • 1 tsp muesli or granola
  • 1 pinch Bee Pollen

Mean Green Power Smoothie

  • 2 large over-ripe frozen bananas
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1 tsp Raw Spirulina
  • 1 tsp Raw Wheatgrass
  • 1 tsp Matcha
  • 1 tsp Raw Maca X
  • 1 tsp Chia seeds
  • 1 pinch Bee Pollen

Magic Purple Dragon Smoothie

  • 1 1/2 large over-ripe frozen bananas
  • 1/2 red dragon fruit
  • 1/2 ripe yellow mango
  • 1/2 cup yogurt
  • 1/2 cup soy milk
  • 1 tsp Raw Acai
  • 1 tsp Raw Maca X
  • 1 tsp Raw Acerola
  • 1 tsp Chia seeds
  • 1 pinch Bee Pollen

When you are:

– hungover, sluggish, sickly, over-worked:

  • Add 1 tsp Raw Acerola

– sleepy, tired, unfocused, dieting:

  • Add 1 tsp Yerba Mate

– stressed, unmotivated, depressed, PMSing

  • Add 1 tsp Raw Maca X

– recovering from a workout, preparing for a workout, in need of protein

  • Add 1 tsp Grass Fed Whey

These are pretty straightforward, and should serve as a sort of guide, but don’t be so strict about what to put in your smoothies. You can adjust these based on what you like. My best advice is to try some of the recipes and adjust as you go, based on the effect and also the taste. We don’t all like the same things.

And voila! Pour into a glass or pour into a bowl if you feel like topping it with dried fruits, nuts, chia pudding, cereal, coconut shavings – the sky’s the limit.

Open for any questions or queries, and don’t hesitate to tag me in your creations!

Special thank you to The Healthy Grocery, who provide me with all my favorite superfoods, you guys are the best!

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