HAPPY END-OF-SUNDAY FUNDAY. But, do not despair!
Tomorrow is, FOR ONCE IN OUR LIVES, A HAPPY MONDAY! (That is if you’re in Canada, #sorrynotsorry!). Why’s that? UH, need I remind you that Canada just turned 150 years old? THAT BAE MUST BE CONSUMING LOADS OF MACA IF SHE LIVED THIS LONG…
No, but seriously, HAPPY LONG WEEKEND, MY LOVES! And, since you get to sleep in (AGAIN!) tomorrow, I have the perfect smoothie for you to get your morning ENERGY fuel (When you finally decide to hop out of bed, YES, EVEN IF IT’S AT NOON!), as well as a BUNCH OF HEALTH BENEFITS FROM THE SUPERFOODS IN THIS BABY.
And I don’t know about you munchkins but a smoothie full of REAL SUPERFOODS NEVER FAILS TO PUT ME IN A GOOD MOOD, with plenty of energy & a positive up-beat ready-to-tackle-the-day attitude!
So here’s how this babe of a smoothie was born! I always like to give you guys a bit of background information, you know, all the “behind the scenes” stuff that goes down in my kitch (NO, I’m not a celeb. I’m not talking about backstage stuff). I’m talkin’ about the messy kitchen table sitch, spices everywhere, spatulas flying, mixing bowls EVERYWHERE, measuring spoons coming out of I don’t know where & well, BLENDERS BLENDIN’!
ANYWHO, all that to say, today, for my mid-morning snack, I was craving something chocolate-y BUT I also needed something that would give me a little boost of energy to hold me off until lunchtime! (HEY, a girl in recovery gets freaking hungry, SORRY NOT SORRY!). And, it had been a while since I whipped up some sort of smoothie concoction & so, I put my mind to the challenge & came up with this baby!
Ladies & gents, I present you with Kelly’s Maca Cacao Mid-Morning (Aphrodisiac!) Energy Boost Smoothie a.k.a. The-Smoothest-Ever-Superfood-Blend-That’s-Easy-Like-Sunday-Morning!!
Super delicious, super simple & super adaptable.
Throw in some berries, peanut butter, honey, chocolate chips – THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS, so do whatever floats your boats, babies! (OH & if you put a little bit less almond milk, you’ll end up with a thicker smoothie, something like a CHOCOLATE MILKSHAKE & then you can justify having this babe for dessert too!)
BUT WAIT, that’s just the basic stuff about this baby.
Let’s talk about how this babe of a smoothie is also an APHRODISIAC (ergo, THINGS THAT HELP BOOST YOUR SEX DRIVE. TMI? SORRY NOT SORRY!). Is anyone else (besides me, of course) fascinated by EDIBLE APHRODISIACS? I mean… I’m talking avocados, yogurt, figs, asparagus, bananas, oysters, pomegranates, salmon, almonds, walnut, chilli peppers, honey, watermelon & strawberries. TBH, THE LIST GOES ON.
BUT ALSO ON THAT LIST IS… MACA!
Honestly, the science behind food, brain & body is freaking WONDERFUL, BUT OFTEN OVERLOOKED (because we are simply too busy to care!!). But, if we take a breather here & there & pay attention to the nourishment we put in our bodies, WE CAN GET FREAKING HELLA COZY WITH FOOD ON A WHOLE ANOTHER DELICIOUSLY SENSUAL LEVEL. That’s where I am in my life right now, my loves & since you munchkins may not have the time, THAT’S WHAT I’M HERE FOR. TO KEEP YOU IN THE LOOP. & TO MAKE YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH ALL KINDS OF NEW, GOOD-FOR-YOU FOODS (& not only that, but to concoct some insanely-yummy recipes containing those foods to fill your tummies!).
AND SO, what gives this smoothie not only its aphrodisiac quality, BUT ALSO ITS ENERGY BOOST? My loves, this is not just a chocolate smoothie. THIS IS A RAW COCOA & MACA SMOOTHIE! And, as I mentioned earlier, MACA IS A NATURAL APHRODISIAC. & wait… get this! Scientists & nutritionists have also hinted at the idea that cacao (& chocolate) are ALSO APHRODISIACS! This hasn’t been proven, SO WE’RE NOT SURE IF CACAO IS A LEGIT APHRODISIAC, BUT I MEAN… MACA + CHOCOLATE… HOW CAN IT NOT BE?! And well, if it isn’t, don’t worry, MACA HAS YOUR BACK!
OH & also, if cacao doesn’t make the aphrodisiac boat, DO NOT PANIC, MY LOVES. Cacao is an antioxidant powerhouse, with more antioxidants per weight than BLUEBERRIES (which are known as like THE REFERENCE IN ANTIOXIDANTS!). It is great for your brain & heart health, rich in magnesium & vitamin C & IT CONTAINS TONS OF THE AMINO-ACID TRYPTOPHAN, which is used by our bodies to produce the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is pretty much the chemical responsible for OUR HAPPY GO LUCKY MOODS! So, basically, if cocoa ain’t an aphrodisiac, at least it’ll benefit you in 938103810932 ways!
P.S. For those of you who have tried maca but cannot tolerate the taste, for whatever which reason, SUCK IT UP! No, I’m totally kidding. In all seriousness, I think I have FINALLY mastered a recipe where the taste is basically NON-EXISTENT because there is so much other yumminess going on. SO, this babe is a great stepping-stone for you to learn to SIMPLY ADORE maca & start incorporating it into your diet so you can reap all its benefits!
OH RIGHT, this is not a complete Kelly in the Kitch post without a rant about the benefits of AT LEAST one of the ingredients in this babe. AND SO, WITHOUT FURTHER ADO, let’s talk about all the health benefits of none other than, MACA (HINT: SEX! OOPS, TMI!).
Balances hormones AND improves mood & depression! This is like a domino effect – Since maca helps balance out our hormones, this, in turn, can help ease depression, thereby boosting mood, energy level, focus & LOWERING ANXIETY.
TO ALL MY LADIES: TMI (FOR SOME, perhaps!), but maca eases PMS!
As I mentioned earlier… HUGE APHRODISIAC… I mean… I won’t go into too much detail here, my loves, but, maca powder has actually been used for thousands of years as a natural aphrodisiac & get this? It has even been used to naturally treat erectile dysfunction!
Energy booster! Believe it or not (because I’m sure you thought nothing in the world could replace your coffee fix), maca is known for elevating energy levels & increasing stamina!
Supports brain health!
Clear skin FTW: For those with mild acne and/or skin irritations, MACA MAY BE YOUR NATURAL REMEDY. The nutrient quality & hormone blanking characteristics of maca help keep your skin healthy, vibrant & clear!
Stress relief: Maca helps you CHILL THE EFF OUT. No joke. In all seriousness though, maca is actually a very potent adaptogen, which means that it has the ability to help the bod adapt to and deal with stress and other issues (P.S. Adaptogens are metabolic regulators, which increase our ability to adapt to environmental factors, such as stress, diet, toxins or disease) & to avoid damage from such factors, without causing side effects from its use!)
Positive impact on fertility: This is true for both men & women!
Promotes bone health! (Ergo, maca makes for a great substitute for vegans or people following a limited or dairy-free diet & who are therefore lacking calcium!)
Immune boost! Maca’s 22 fatty-acids function as an immune booster, and its Vitamin C and zinc content also helps aid in overall immunity enhancement.
RICH IN VITAMINS & MINERALS: Maca is jam-packed with vitamins B, C & E & is a great source of antioxidants & an overall amazing supplement to keep your immune system healthy! It also contains some calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium & phosphorus!
Maca also has medicinal properties & has been used to treat conditions such as osteoporosis, stomach cancer, depression, leukemia & tuberculosis & has been used in the naturopathic medical industry worldwide.
Maca enhances memory and our ability to learn and process mentally – basically, it makes you more alert & aware.
Basically, MACA IS LIFE.
OKAY. RANT OVER.
HOW’S THAT FOR A FREAKING SUPERFOOD, RIGHT?
NOW, what else makes up this babe of a smoothie? I don’t wanna give too much away ‘cause I love keeping you munchkins guessing, but I’m talkin’ banana, almond butter, almond milk, vanilla, sea salt, raw cocoa powder & cinnamon (Totally optional if you’re not into this yumminess!
P.S. Sidenote, why do so many people have a cinnamon aversion? I just don’t get it!.
ANYWHO my loves, this babe is ENERGY-BOOSTING, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, DELICIOUS, CHOCOLATEY, CLEAN AF & PACKED with potassium, fibre, protein & GOOD-FOR-YOU HEALTHY FATS!
So without further ado, LET’S WHIP (OR SHOULD I SAY, BLEND) HER UP!
My loves, YOU WILL NEED:
- 1 medium banana!
- 1 tbsp. of raw organic almond butter (peanut butter or cashew butter will work too!)
- 1 cup of unsweetened vanilla (or original) almond or cashew milk;
- ½ tsp. of pure organic vanilla extract;
- 2 tsp. of raw maca root powder;
- 1 tbsp. of raw cacao powder;
- 1/8 – ¼ tsp. of ground cinnamon;
- A pinch of sea salt!
- Throw in some ice if you wish (I recommend blending this baby without the ice first, then checking the texture/consistency & then YOU BE THE JUDGE!).
AND NOW, for like the EASIEST HOW-TO EVER:
- Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until CREAMY, SILKY, SMOOTH & GORGEOUSLY PERFECT!
- P.S. Add more or less almond milk for texture/consistency based on preference & THROW IN SOME ICE IF YOU WISH!
- Enjoy babies & SIPPPPPPP UP!
OH & FOOD PORN!