Get a better energy boost than a cup of coffee with this powerful green smoothie loaded with vitamins, minerals and superfood antioxidants!
With a wonderful rich flavor, this superfood shake can be a meal replacement. This smoothie is an excellent source of calcium, iron, protein and vitamins A and C.
Mood Enhancing Smoothie: This smoothie is a phenomenal pick-me-up, better than even the best cup of coffee! Cacao contains both anandamide, which is an endorphin that our bodies produce after exercise (a feel-good chemical), and phenethylamine, the love chemical associated with chocolate.
An Amazing Super Green (er…Brown) Smoothie: I made this smoothie last night and drank it at around 4:30 pm. I was full of energy and did not eat the rest of the evening. I didn’t need to! It’s a potent multivitamin-packed meal in a glass. Enjoy!
Adding a scoop of protein powder will increase both the protein and calories.
If you use the meat and water from a young, Thai coconut, you will increase the calories by about 140, fat by 3 grams, protein by 2 grams, carbs by 28 grams and add an additional 17% DV of calcium bringing the smoothie to a total of 41% DV of calcium!
Pregnant women should not consume parsley. Parsley contains an essential oils called apiole. Apiole is a kidney stimulant. Because this essential oil can stimulate uterine contractions, pregnant women should avoid eating large quantities of it.
Morning Energy Green Smoothie Recipe
- 1 medium banana, peeled
- 1 kiwi, peeled
- 3 tablespoons goji berries
- 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- 1 stalk of celery, chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach, chopped
- 8 ounces of coconut water
- 2 to 3 ice cubes to chill if desired
- 1 scoop protein powder – optional (I use NutriBiotic vegan rice protein)
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Nutrition Information (Without Protein Powder)
Fat: 2 grams
Protein: 9 grams
Carbohydrates: 72 grams
Calcium: 16% daily value (DV)
Iron: 5.3 mg
Folate: 159 mcg
Vitamin A: 280% DV
Vitamin C: 307% DV
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)
In addition to the above, cacao contains magnesium, iron, chromium, anandamide, theobromine, manganese, zinc, copper, omega-6 fatty acid, phosphorus, phenethylamine, tryptophan and antioxidants (polyphenols, catechins and epicatechins). Cacao is widely praised for containing more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, acai, pomegranates and goji berries combined!
Goji berries add a complete protein to your smoothie with a spectrum of 18 different amino acids including all essential ones. Goji berries contain 21 trace minerals including zinc, iron, copper, calcium, germanium, selenium, phosphorus, vitamins B1, B2, B6, E and up to 4 times more antioxidants than blueberries.
Blueberries add manganese, antioxidants and vitamins B6, C and K.
Red grapes add more vitamin C, K and a unique antioxidant called resveratrol with potent anti-cancer properties.
Spinach adds vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 (folate),C, E and K as well as calcium, selenium, zinc, phosphorus, potassium, copper, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins.
Keep Your Energy Flowing
Here are some more energy-packed recipes for you to try:
1) High-Energy Superfood Green Smoothie Bowl Recipe (not a smoothie, but a smoothie bowl!)
2) Banana-Coconut Blended Energy Drink with Ginger <-- Nothing artificial in this!
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