After a weekend of traveling and attending friends' wedding celebrations (cue: lack of sleep and many food & beverage indulgences), my body was crying for a 're-set' button come Monday.
It's funny how much a shift in your daily ritual can knock you off your feet once it all catches up with you. Although incredibly fun in the moment, it's those times of excess that remind us our bodies are always seeking a balance. Just like how we come to our yoga mats to practice the steady connection of effort and ease, our souls are always craving that same sense of equanimity.
For me, my gut function is the first thing to get out of whack when I know I'm not feeding my body properly. I quickly begin to feel off-centered, and find that not long after my mind gets cloudy, anxiety creeps in, and my mood just isn't as it should be. The connection our gut flora has to our mental function and sense of clarity is actually quite astounding. With an increasing number of scientific research studies showing direct correlations of poor nutrition/gut health linked to depression, anxiety, and other mental health disorders, it further reminds us we need to pay attention to our internal cues. It may sound cliche, but a happy belly does very much lead to a happier mind and sense of wellbeing.
Now with all that being said, let's get to some smoothie makin'!
This recipe's key ingredient is The Philosophie Cacao Magic Superfood Protein Blend. If you don't know already, I am obsessed with this brand of protein powder blends! Truly, they are the best I have found on the market, as they contain high quality plant-based protein, an infusion of superfoods/herbal blends, contain zero additives or sugar, and they taste incredible. For someone that never used to be a protein powder gal (as I found most plant-based powders to have an unfavorable texture and/or flavor), that is saying a lot!
Just 1 Tbsp of Cacao Magic contains 10g protein, 2g fiber, and 0g sugar. It is high in antioxidants, and is a rich source of magnesium. The cacao gives us a caffeine-free boost of energy, while providing its delicious chocolate flavor, and the nibs give a satisfying crunch in some bites. With maca powder and reishi mushroom infused, it provides us with mood-stabilizing superfoods that help us carry on with our day.
The best part about this recipe? Get a DOSE OF KALE in without even knowing it ;)
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Energizing Cacao Magic Smoothie
1.5 Tbsp Cacao Magic
1 C. unsweetened almond milk
6-8 oz filtered water
1 frozen banana
1/4 C. frozen organic raspberries
1 C. raw curly kale, stems removed
1 date, pitted
Directions: Toss all ingredients into a blender. Blend on high speed for 1-2 minutes, or until kale has dissolved well into mixture. Serve immediately, or refrigerate and consume within 4-6 hours for best taste quality.