Recently, my bag of Vega Whole Food Smoothie Infusion ran dry. Though my morning smoothies still tasted absolutely scrumptious, I felt a smidge less energized and peppy throughout the rest of my day in the absense of the green superfoods powder. Most likely I can attribute my “decrease” in vigor to the placebo effect, but that certainly didn’t stifle my yearning for more green smoothie-power-packer.
After catching a glimpse of Raw Reserve Green SuperFood from Amazing Grass on Pure 2 Raw, I decided to further investigate the promising product. My reaction after shutting my previously dropped jaw: “Could there exist a more perfect blend of superfoods in a single bottle of green powder? I think not.”
First off, this goldmine of a bottle offers a greens blend (including seaweeds!) of spirulina and other algae, barley grass, wheat grass, alfalfa, nettle, kale, dandelion, kelp, bladderwrack, rockweed, sea lettuce, dulse, and alaria. Second, an herbal and support foods blend of maca, burdock root, ginger, aloe vera, and cayenne. Third, a fiber blend of flax and chia. Finally, fifteen different probiotic cultures and digestive enzymes lurk inside, ready to give that colon a good ol’ detox!
Needless to say, I immediately fell head over heels for the stuff and picked up a jar at Whole Foods. The next morning, I eagerly awoke to blend up an energizing smoothie of greater caliber than those simpler breakfast beverages lacking green powder. Perhaps the insane healthiness of my new supplement inspired me to pack more vegetables than my usual dose of kale into this morning’s smoothie, but I spotted a bag of shredded zucchini from my friend’s garden that I had stowed away in the freezer and decided to finally put it to good use.
Kale-Zucchini Smoothie with Green Superfood Powder (Raw if using nut milk, Gluten Free, Oil Free, Soy Free if using nut milk)
- 5 small or 3 large leaves of kale
- 1 large frozen banana, sliced
- 1 tbsp Raw Reserve Green SuperFood Powder (can substitute any vegan protein/green powder.)
- 1 tbsp tahini (feel free to use any variety of nut butter here.)
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds (I always add chia to my smoothies not only for the added fiber, but also because it gels and thickens the mixture.)
- 2 dates, pitted and chopped (add more if you like your smoothies sweeter.)
- 1 cup shredded frozen zucchini
- 1 cup non-dairy milk (I used my favorite Edensoy Extra.)
Place all ingredients in a blender, layering them in the order I’ve listed (trust me, I’ve experimented and this is how smoothies blend the most effectively), and puree until the chia has had ample time to thicken the mixture, about 2 minutes.
Recipe featured on Health Freak Food.
Breakfast Checklist: Protein—soy milk. Whole Grain—none. Fruit—banana, dates. Leafy Green—kale. “Power Food”—chia seeds, hemp seeds, green powder. Added Veggie Bonus!—zucchini.
Comment Provoking Questions: Which vegetables would you consider blending into a smoothie? Do you use vegan protein/green powders? If so, which is your favorite brand?
Until next time, Ali.