My kids like to call this smoothie “The Purple Monster.” I make a version of it for breakfast a few times a week. This week I was lucky to find some organic frozen cherries at the market. Other times I will add raspberries or strawberries to the smoothie instead.
This smoothie works really well as a meal replacement. The seeds have enough fat and protein in them to keep you feeling full for hours while the fruit gives you the carbohydrates for energy. I find that the mornings I drink this smoothie I am not hungry, or even thinking about food, until lunchtime.
- blueberries - 1/2 cup
Blueberries. High in antioxidants and low in sugar. They also improve your memory and your metabolism.
- cherries - 1/2 cup (fresh or frozen; may use raspberries, strawberries)
- apple - 1/2 with peel still on
“An apple a day” is an adage for a reason. Apples are full of fiber, vitamins, minerals and many beneficial phytochemicals. Apples are also a good source of the soluble fiber pectin, which can help detox metals and food additives from your body.
- kale - 1 cup (fresh or frozen)
The King of Greens. Kale is on a scale all of it’s own. Pound for pound it is one the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. It has high concentrations of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and phytonutrients. This fiber in this powerhouse also helps to bind and neutralize bile toxins which helps to keep cholesterol levels low.
- pumpkin seeds - 2 tbsp
Pumpkin seeds! An alkaline forming seed that is packed with good fats and minerals, especially tryptophan and selenium. They will help you feel happier and help you sleep better at night.
- sunflower seeds - 2 tbsp
Sunflower seeds are very high in trace minerals like selenium and magnesium. These minerals are an essential part of what keep our bones strong and our nerves calm. These seeds are also filled with Vitamin E which, like an internal sunblock, protects your skin from UV radiation.
- 2 tbsp - flax seeds
- water - 2 cups
- raw honey - 1 tsp
Put all of the ingredients into a high speed blender and blend until smooth. If you do not own a high speed blender then I suggest you use nut and seed butters instead of the seeds themselves. Without a high speed blender the seeds won't get pulverized and might feel a little gritty in the drink. A tablespoon full of almond, cashew or sunflower seed butter will do the trick.
If you find that the smoothie isn't sweet enough for you, then add a teaspoon of raw honey. I suggest that you taste it first though. You might be surprised at how sweet it gets with the fruit alone.
There are so many things that are good about this smoothie that I don’t know where to start. The pumpkin seeds are alkaline forming which is an important component of any diet. All of the seeds are rich in healthy fats that are good for your brain and your heart. The fiber in the smoothie is great for digestion. All of the fruit and the kale are rich in anti-oxidants. I could go on. In a nutshell, it’s great for you in every way.
Replacing a meal with a nutrient rich smoothie like this a few times a week will do you nothing but good. Plus, grinding the food up helps your body to more easily digest it and makes you more likely to get the maximum absorption of all that goodness. Sweet!