Sometimes I feel like smoothie girl, as I make a smoothie for a meal almost every day. I came to love them back in the beginning of my healthy journey as a way to take my supplements. Because my digestive system was so messed up due to years of gluten and sugar eating plus my recent OD on antibiotics, I had trouble digesting and absorbing my food. I turned to supplements to boost my energy and health. But, when you aren’t absorbing very well, all those very expensive nutrients go right through you. I searched and experimented with a LOT of supplements and landed on something called Reliv. My body just gobbled up the goodness in this dietary supplement. But, the only problem was that because it is a powder, I had to take it in a drink, and it tasted NASTY! So I got good at making the gritty, chalky taste palatable by mixing it into some darn good smoothies.
I stopped taking Reliv several years ago and instead focus on sneaking lots of healthy real food into my smoothies instead. My two favorite healthy foods to include are those leafy greens (the most lacking in our diets) and extra fiber (also lacking in most people’s diets). Navitas Naturals also makes some great powerfood nutrient boosters to add to my smoothies.
My most recent smoothie creation is based on a new one (at least new to me) of those Navitas Naturals foods: lucuma. Lucuma has a buttery maple flavor and is actually a fruit from Peru. Even though it’s sweet, it’s low in sugar but high in vitamins and minerals, making it a healthy compromise between your sweet tooth and your waistline. Peruvians enjoy lucuma as an ice cream flavor (some say is better than chocolate or vanilla!) or as a flavoring for other dairy products. I decided to use it in my smoothie to accomplish a rich butterscotch flavor. I love butterscotch! My grandmother (and then my mom) made the most wonderful butterscotch pies growing up. Her pie is my dad’s absolute favorite indulgence, so my mom makes him one for his birthday every year.
Don’t let the slightly green hue scare you away from trying my butterscotch smoothie – it’s just a teeny tiny bit of spinach snuck in there. I promise you won’t even taste that little bit of iron energy (25% of your daily requirement) I added.
- 1 cup almond or coconut milk
- 1 banana
- 1 teaspoon lucuma
- 1 teaspoon maca
- 1 dropper English toffee stevia (or a little maple syrup)
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 tablespoon finely ground flax seed
- Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.