Despite its many challenges and setbacks, 2020 did have a few positive notes. For one, it forced many of us to reassess our diet and lifestyle choices and look for ways to take matters of health into our own hands. As a result, while comfort food was surely the rage, paradoxically so were superfoods, nutrition supplements, and from-scratch nutritious cooking.
It’s my hope that this invigorated interest in next-level health is here to stay; I truly understand just how powerful a dietary transformation can be. In fact, it was my personal experience of elevated well-being gleaned from simple dietary changes that brought me into the world of superfoods in the first place (almost 20 years ago!) … and clearly I haven’t looked back. And, as I discuss in my book Superfood Smoothies as well as our Luminberry course Low-Sugar Superfood Smoothies, smoothies are one of our greatest daily dietary allies in helping us reach these feel-good goals.
You can never have too many smoothie recipes. And I’m certainly a firm believer in switching things up! But it’s also great to have a regular smoothie “formula” (so to speak) at your fingertips. By doing so, you can easily tailor your daily blend using your favorite superfoods to reach specific wellness objectives, or even to satisfy personal taste. In fact, this kind of smoothie can truly become your most reliable recipe of all.
With a balanced array of some of the best superfoods available, I’m sharing with you one of my personal favorite formulas for a delectable, functional, and fully customizable superfood smoothie blend. It has protein, greens, healthy fats and more … but you’ll be the one in the driver’s seat, using your go-to superfood varieties for maximum flexibility. So, as you aim to level-up your self-care routine this year, consider this simple blend as a key component of your wellness plan.
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CUSTOMIZABLE SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE PREP TIPS:
Since this smoothie is extra flexible, here’s how to ensure you get the most out of every sip.
Pick a great protein powder. From a taste standpoint, picking a great protein powder is your most important choice in this smoothie, as its flavor will most certainly shine through. Get a brand that has a tried-and-true taste that you love, and make sure it has clean, non-isolate, and preferably plant-based ingredients; We’ve been loving this one.
Pick a great greens powder. There are lots of great single-ingredient greens powders, ranging from spirulina to wheatgrass, but we prefer to use a blend for this smoothie to maximize nutrient diversity. For an excellent organic blend that has minimal impact on your smoothie’s flavor, try this one.
Pick a great medicinal mushroom powder. Medicinal mushrooms can offer you a whole host of benefits, from increased immunity, to enhanced endurance, to boosted brain power. Pick a variety that best meets your needs (or use a blend)—you’ll likely be surprised how this exceptional addition is completely hidden, flavor-wise! We like to use this company for their top-notch mushroom products.
Save time with a tailored, pre-mixed blend. If you’re looking to streamline your smoothie-making operation, pre-mix your 3 powder choices along with the chia seeds. You can mix up as many servings as you like, and then simply use a scant 1/3 cup (or 5 tablespoons to be exact) of your powder blend for your smoothie.
Sweeten if needed. Depending on the protein powder you use, you may need to sweeten the smoothie a little bit to enhance the taste (we like using liquid stevia, which is naturally sugar-free). Not all smoothies will need it, so be sure to taste before you add!
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Customizable Superfood Smoothie
Imagine a silky, sweet smoothie with a little tropical flair and you have this balanced blend…stocked full of your favorite superfoods. Mineral-rich cashews offer a substantial creaminess that makes this smoothie feel like a dessert.
Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 0 minutes | Total Time: 5 minutes Servings: 1 Author: Julie Morris
½ cup frozen mango
½ cup ice
2 tablespoons raw cashews
2 tablespoons your favorite vanilla protein powder
1-2 teaspoons your favorite greens powder blend
1 teaspoon your favorite medicinal mushroom powder
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
Pinch sea salt
Liquid stevia, or sweetener of choice (optional)
1. Add all the ingredients to a blender, leaving out only the stevia. Blend until smooth and creamy.
2. Optional: if desired, enhance the sweetness with stevia to taste—blending once more to combine.