Confession time: I’m not the biggest smoothie drinker, especially during the colder months. But as the weather warms, I do like to enjoy one once or twice a week. For the most part they serve as a vehicle for me to deliver healing plants and herbs to my system. And since I don’t want to shock my system with too much fruit at once, I always try to add in veggies of some sort. I tend to rotate between leafy greens, peas, cauliflower, and carrots. The veggies make it feel more balanced and less like a sugar bomb.
So here we are, a “recipe” for my favorite combo lately. I really love pairing grapefruit with something super sweet like a banana. The combo mellows out the sweetness of the banana but it also eases the bitterness of the grapefruit. This smoothie is based on that marriage of flavors with carrots added in for beta carotene and berries for antioxidants. Since I tend to drink smoothies in the morning, I typically use herbs that can provide sustained energy and support my digestion. And in my opinion, you can never go wrong with adding in adaptogens because we can all use a little support with managing stress in the body. If you make this smoothie, go with the supplements YOU like but here’s a breakdown of why I included what you see in the recipe:
magical herb goodness
+ hemp seeds — for their omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, protein, manganese, & magnesium
+ ground ginger — for its stimulating properties, digestive support, & its ability to increase the potency of other herbs
+ maca — for its adaptogenic properties, antioxidants, & ability to provide a sustained energy boost
+ lucuma — to support skin and digestion
+ ashwagandha — for its adaptogenic properties and adrenal support