Kale, berry, banana, acai & hemp power smoothie: vegan
Posted Feb 22 2013 3:14am
I’ve now totally transitioned into having a smoothie every day with my breakfast, to the point that it feels weird getting up without one. I just absolutely adore them. Drinking a beautiful rainbow glass of goodness like this makes getting up in the morning a million times easier, I literally jump out of bed to make mine because it tastes so good, so much more delicious than any cereal or toast, and so much more filling and satisfying too. A glass of this also makes you feel incredible, the sugar in the fruit really helps you wake up and energizes you. It may sound strange but I also think that making such a consciously healthy choice every morning is incredibly empowering, it’s amazing to take charge of your body and your health before you’ve made any other decisions as it really puts you in such a positive frame of mine. If you make such a healthy choice for breakfast I can guarantee you’ll feel pretty awesome about yourself all day and therefore much more likely to enjoy being healthy, instead of straying towards the chocolate! I would so recommend trying to incorporate a smoothie into your wake up routine every day for a week and see how you feel afterwards, I’m sure you’ll be a total addict within just a few days! Don’t worry though, they’re the easiest, fastest breakfast too – you literally throw everything into a blender, blend for 2 minutes, rinse your blender and you’re done! Five minutes maximum for everything.
This particular smoothie is my go-to at the moment, I do change it up every few weeks and get hooked on a new flavour combination but this one has been my number one for the last month and my love of it seems to just grow stronger everyday! The combination of banana, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries is, as you can imagine, sweet, juicy and delicious! Together they create an awesome fruity flavour, which is seriously enhanced by the unbelievably rich fruity essences of the acai powder, meaning that the veggie taste of the kale goes totally unnoticed, so much so that you probably wouldn’t even realize that the kale was there, I’ve even tried it with broccoli too and it was still heavenly. So you can drink all the kale’s amazing goodness without tasting it, it’s a real win-win situation. What about all my other many additions – chia seeds, hemp, oats, ground flaxseed, cinnamon and coconut oil? There’s too much goodness there to get through in one post! The cinnamon is there for flavour as it really compliments the berries adding extra deliciousness to each sip, while also helping to regulate your blood sugar, setting you up nicely for a day of balanced energy. The ground flax and oats adds an incredible boost of dietary fibre, which aids your detoxification system, while also keeping you full for hours. The acai berries add more antioxidants than you could possibly imagine, as well as healthy omega fats, amino acids and dietary fibre, helping your body more than anything else to ward of disease, while the coconut oil adds heaps of antibacterial properties and the chia adds a bucket of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Hemp adds to all of these life giving properties, boosting the fibre content, while also adding an incredible amount of wonderful plant protein – along with quinoa, hemp is one of the only sources of complete vegan/vegetarian protein so it’s a pretty awesome addition to our diets. It’s a particularly easy protein to digest too, much easier than something like soy, and two tablespoons will give you over 5 grams of protein! After drinking all of this you will really be ready for anything!
Makes 1 large glass
- 1 ripe banana
-1/3 of a cup of blueberries
- 1/3 of a cup of raspberries
-1/3 of a cup of strawberries
- 1/2 a cup of kale leaves (remove the hard parts of the stalks)
- 1/4 of a cup of almond milk or water
- a handful of gluten free oats
- 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed (easy to digest that the seeds)
- 1 tablespoon of hemp protein powder
- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon of acai
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil (optional)
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
This might seem like a long list, but it’s not as complicated or challenging as it looks! I keep all the ingredients (except the fruit & kale) in a cupboard above my blender and just throw it all in together every morning, really its no hassle at all, don’t worry!
For anyone in the UK Raw Living is my favourite acai & hemp brand:
SImply place all the ingredients in a blender together, removing the banana form the peel first of course, then blend into a delicious mix. Depending how liquid you like your smoothie then you may want to add a little more water.
If you’re craving a crunch then sprinkle some extra chia seeds, oats and some hemp seeds on the top.
Then sip, love and enjoy – you’ll feel like a goddess all day! I’ve been drinking mine alongside my daily hot water and lemon and a bowl of almonds, dried figs & blueberries – too delicious!