Energize Your Day With This Delicious Smoothie!

by naturalkidz on August 23, 2013

It’s back to school time! That means getting back into the routine of waking the kids up early and getting breakfasts eaten, lunches prepared, and kids out the door with supplies in hand which doesn’t leave much time for your breakfast, so Sara Vance from ReBalance Life gives us this incredible, energizing smoothie!  This smoothie delivers an insane amount of nutrition into one regular ole’ glass. Have this smoothie for breakfast for one whole week and see if it changes your energy, digestion, mood….your life!! Superfood cleanses can cost $100 a day! You don’t need to purchase an expensive cleanse to gently detoxify, cleanse and energize your whole body every morning.

The Rebalance Life Superfood Chia Blueberry Smoothie contains powerhouse ingredients that are shown to reduce inflammation, boost immunity, improve mood, feed the brain for better focus and attention, help control sugar cravings, and promote good bacteria in the gut. It is high in omega 3s, fiber, protein, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C, and many other important vitamins and minerals, including the trace mineral selenium – which has been shown in studies to reduce the risk of all cancers. Add the AlgaeCal capsule and you get vitamin D, vitamin K, and the highest absorbable form of calcium. The coconut kefir and Good Belly provide probiotics – which aid in digestion and boost immunity. The fruit adds a nice natural sweetness, antioxidant boost – yet berries are one of the lowest sugar fruits. The greens powder is naturally detoxifying and cleansing. The coconut water is naturally alkalizing, hydrating and has even been shown to lower cholesterol, read more about the benefits of drinking coconut water from Dr. Mercola. But perhaps the chia seed that is the real powerhouse in this smoothie. It has high omega 3 content, which boosts memory, mood, reduces inflammation and much more, chia seed also contains a special kind of fiber that hydrates and slows the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, and also aids in digestion. Chia seed also is an amazing endurance/recovery tool for athletes, providing an incredible long-lasting energy boost (read Pre-Hydrate with Chia for more info).

This smoothie works best with a high powered blender like a Vitamix – a great gift!

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Chia seeds, soaked in 1/2 cup coconut water (I like ONE Coconut water mango flavored) or filtered water
1 teaspoon greens powder -such as Barleans (gradually work up to more greens powder).
5 Brazil nuts (highest known food source of selenium)
1/4 cup Good Belly probiotic juice (mango is yummy and adds sweetness – great for kids, also available in unsweetened), or you can add 1 whole small peeled orange if you can’t get Good Belly, or the juice from one whole orange if you don’t have a high powered blender like a Vitamix.
1/4 cup So Delicious Coconut Kefir, original
1/3 cup frozen wild organic blueberries
1/4 cup frozen organic strawberries
1/2 of a frozen banana
optional: 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
optional: break open 1 AlgaeCal capsule, add to blender
optional: 1-2 teaspoons of Natures Agave clear (taste first then adjust for desired sweetness*)
Directions:

Put the chia seeds into the glass of coconut water (or filtered water), and put the glass in refrigerator to soak for at least 10 mins, up to 24 hours. You will see how it softens the seed and becomes gel-like. Put the soaked chia seed, coconut water along with all the other ingredients into the blender or Vitamix. You might need a spoon to get all the chia seed out. Blend well & serve immediately. Like it a little thicker? Add a few ice cubes, or a little more frozen fruit – re-blend till smooth. Have some extra smoothie in the blender? Pour it into your ZOKU popsicle maker and in 7 minutes you will have a superfood popsicle. Put your popsicle in the freezer for when you need a quick healthy snack later! Great for kids after school snacks.

Makes approx. 12 oz. (one large or 2 small smoothies).

* If you are used to buying your smoothies at McDonalds or Jamba Juice, you might be used to a much sweeter smoothie than what I like/recommend. It can take some time avoiding sweet foods to adjust your taste buds to enjoy the taste of less sweet foods. So until your taste buds adjust, you might like it just a touch sweeter. Add a little clear Natures Agave nectar (a low glycemic all natural sweetener), or a little bit more of the Good Belly juice. If you want it less sweet, buy the unsweetened Good Belly, and cut back on the agave nectar.

As you adjust your taste buds even further – you can get more adventurous and add in more greens powder, and even try some other superfoods to add in, such as bee pollen.

Enjoy this perfect start to your day!

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Recipe from Sara Vance, a Clinical Nutritionist in the Encinitas, CA area, who drinks a superfood smoothie almost every morning, and makes one for her kids too!  Sara offers nutritional counseling, school assemblies, group classes, kids healthy cooking, and more. Visit ReBalanceLife.com for more information.

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