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Peachy Green Smoothie

Peachy Green Smoothie

I made this delicious smoothie a few days ago.  Not only is it full of fruits and veggies it also packs a protein punch with over 17grams of plant based protein.  The Peachy Green is a combination of spinach, unsweetened almond milk, peaches, banana, raspberries, hemp seeds, chia seeds, a splash of Madagascar vanilla extract, and a pinch of cinnamon.  While spinach is the veggie super star of this green smoothie, there are some other powerful ingredients you may not be as familiar with.

Chia seeds are an ancient Mayan and Incan superfood. In fact, the Mayan word for strength is chia. These little beauties were so valuable they were once used as currency and fueled warriors in battle. Chia seeds are rich in omega 3’s even more so than flax seeds and unlike flax seeds they don’t have to be ground in order for your body to access the nutrients. They are also a complete protein. A complete protein is one that contains all 20 amino acids including the 9 essential ones. Chia seeds are antioxidant power houses and are an excellent source of fiber. Oh, and one tablespoon has more calcium than a glass of milk.

Hemp seeds or, hemp hearts as they are called in their shelled state, are a great source of plant based protein. You may just now being hearing about hemp seeds but they have been grown and consumed around the globe for thousands of years. Like chia seeds they are also a complete protein and easily digestible. 3 tablespoons provide 10 grams of protein. But the wonders of this superfood don’t stop there. It had the ideal 3:1 ratio of omega-3 and omega-6. In fact, it contains the highest botanical source of essential fatty acids. It’s also a great source of fiber. They have a light nutty taste and can easily be blended into smoothies or oatmeal or used to top soups, salads, roasted veggies, or added to granola. And no, it cannot make you high. High on energy, but that’s it.

Peachy Green Smoothie

1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk

1/2 of a frozen bannana

1tbsp of chia seeds

3tbsp of hemp hearts

2 cups of spinach

1/2 to 1 whole peach (I used just a half)

1/4 cup raspberries

1 tsp Madagascar vanilla extract

1 tsp of cinnamon or according to taste

Add all ingredients in  blender and blend until smooth.

To your health,

lauren

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