April 17, 2015

Pear Banana Avocado Smoothie

Pear Banana Avocado Smoothie

This morning I discovered just how difficult it is to create art out of bee pollen as evidenced by the shameful attempt at the smoothie heart below.  I also am not quite sure if this picture is more indicative of a sad expression of boredom or simply RAW (because spinach) talent staging deconstructed smoothies.

On a somewhat more serious note, at my new job I’ve seen a lot of deteriorating just everything. I think now more than ever I’ve been more cognizant of my diet as a way to prevent not just acute, but also chronic illness.  The job is both physically and psychologically demanding, and the only way to get through a long shift with enough energy is by respectfully declining the constant stream of cheesecake and cookies that always seem to appear in the break room (and by respectfully decline I do indeed mean kicking, screaming, and forcing a physician to stitch my mouth shut (omg Katie, too much, too graphic, too gross (I’m so deep in a realm of parentheses monologue right now (blogger inception, maybe?)))). ANYWAYS, I love sneaking in bizarre and exotic superfoods into my morning meals as a means of putting a nutritional twist on the usual smoothie suspects.  Doing so also makes me feel like a gladiator witchcraft sorceress, herein making my childhood (read: adulthood) wish of becoming a reincarnated Sabrina the Teenage Witch come true. Dream big, folks.

Lovingly, tenderly, and gingerly (now I wish I put ginger in this smoothie…maybe you should specifically for that reason?) place all of this into a blender:

  • 1/2 pear
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup unsweetened hemp milk (or almond)
  • 1 cup frozen spinach
  • 1 tsp chlorella
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp bee pollen (for topping)

Superfood Spotlight

Chlorella – Chlorella has been shown to be an immune-booster, improve digestion, increase energy levels, alkalize the body by balancing pH, and normalize blood sugar and blood pressure. It also enhances ability to focus and concentrate as well as reduces cancer risk.

Cinnamon – Cinnamon is rich in polyphenol antioxidants, and therefore has high anti-inflammatory properties. It stabilizes blood sugar as well as improves sensitivity to insulin, hence creating an anti-diabetic effect.

Turmeric – Curcumin helps fight inflammation by neutralizing free radicals and stimulating the body’s own antioxidant enzymes.  It also boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in the brain. It’s also been shown to fight Alzheimer’s, cancer, and depression.

Bee pollen – energy enhancer, skin soother, improves respiratory and digestive system, boosts immune system, and treats allergies.

Maca powder – Maca is rich in vitamin B vitamins, C, and E. It provides plenty of calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and amino acids. It also improves sexual function, mood, and energy levels.

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