Cold mornings call for warm, nourishing breakfasts.
While smoothies are a healthy way to start your day, they're not as appealing when the outside temperature starts to drop.
Smoothies are typically enjoyed cold, and naturally in colder climes we crave hot meals.
But you can still blast your body with some smoothie goodness first thing in the morning, by bringing it up to room temperature without ruining the taste.
In this Healthy Blackberry, Apple & Spinach Smoothie, I've used stewed apple, blanched the frozen blackberries and 220ml of the water content is hot.
I've also added warming spices, like cinnamon and ginger root, as well as some maca powder which is both energising and hormone-balancing.
What's maca you might ask?
Maca is a type of cruciferous vegetable native to the Andes of Peru.
It's a superfood and considered an “adaptogen,” a name given to certain herbs, plants and natural substances that help the body naturally adapt to stressors like a busy schedule or demanding job.
Maca can help increase energy without giving you the “jitters” or a sense of shakiness like high levels of caffeine can.
You can find maca powder at some supermarkets, health food shops and online. Keep it in the fridge for an even longer shelf life.
If you would like to use the MYSMART Protein smoothie base (gluten-free, dairy-free, refined-sugar free) used in this recipe, you can get more information or order them here
Healthy Blackberry, Apple & Spinach Smoothie
Serves: 1 Prep time: 10 minutes
- 360ml filtered water (120ml boiled)
- juice 1/2 fresh lemon
- 2 scoops MySMART Protein Smoothie base (Plant or Soy)
- 10 raw almonds
- 1 large handful spinach (blanched in hot water)
- 1 small cup blackberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1 small sweet eating apple (stewed with a bit of water)
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 1 slice ginger root (1 cm thick)
For the Topping: raw cacao nibs, raw coconut chips
- Blend all of the ingredients in a Nutribullet or blender until smooth (about 30 seconds).
- Serve in a glass and decorate with the topping.
Top Tip: Always put the water in your blender before adding the other ingredients to stop them sticking to the bottom.
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