Makes 2 servings
- Forager Project: Organic Dairy-Free (Blueberry) Cashew-Milk Yogurt – 1 container (24 oz)
- 1st Phorm: (Unflavored) Collagen + Dermaval – 2 scoops
- Elmhurst: (Unsweetened) Almond Milk – 1-1 ½ cups
- Wyman’s: Frozen Blueberries – 1 cup
- Avocado – 1
- Banana – 1
- Thrive Market: Organic Maca Powder – 2 tsp
- Purified Water – 1 cup
Combine in Blender:
- 1 cup of frozen blueberries
- 1 whole banana, peeled
- 1 avocado, peeled; remove the seed
- 1 container (24 oz) of organic dairy-free (blueberry) cashew-milk yogurt
- 1-1 ½ cups of (unsweetened) almond milk
- 2 scoops of (unflavored) collagen + dermaval
- 2 tsp of organic maca powder
- 1 cup of cold, purified water
Blend, sip, & enjoy!
Benefits & Substitutions:
Blueberries are the antioxidant king & link to mental aging delays by up to 2.5 years; they also aid in memory, brain function, muscle recovery, & delay cognitive decline.
Customize & substitute any of your favorite wild berries! – Strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc. Wyman’s: Frozen Blueberries are my go-to; you’ll hear me rave about them regularly. Frozen berries are excellent to use in smoothies, & they taste AMAZING. Using frozen fruits allows you to have a cold smoothie without the ice-y texture, which is great unless you’re making a margarita! I use a variety of natural smoothing agents like avocado & yogurt to create a nice creamy blend! Make sure whatever items you swap out are equivalent to the amounts provided in the recipe above!
Almonds are packed with vitamin E & loads of healthy fats that help to absorb more vitamin E. A half-cup (roughly 46 almonds) supplies around 100% of your daily vitamin E intake.
Elmhurst: Unsweetened Almond Milk is a dairy & gluten-free milk alternative with just two ingredients: almonds & water. Elmhurst also sells various other types of nut milk that you can swap out in this recipe! If you have a nut allergy, feel free to substitute this for pasteurized goat’s milk! A good rule of thumb is to look for products typically with five ingredients or less, or if you can’t say or spell the ingredient listed on the label, you probably shouldn’t be putting it into your body!
Collagen is a key ingredient in keeping every joint, tendon, bone, & ligament in the body healthy. Collagen is found in all of these tissues & improves skin health, nail strength, & slows aging + more!
I aim towards the unflavored collagen powders (considering most flavored powders contain gums, natural flavors, and artificial sweeteners that harm the microbiome + negatively affect gut health)! I use 1st Phorm: (Unflavored) Collagen + Dermaval, which includes all five collagen types: hydrolyzed bovine, bovine bone broth, chicken, egg, & fish. If you choose a different product, make sure to double-check what types of collagen are included in the blend, as some may only have 2-4 different types. Also, dissect the nutrition labels for any harmful ingredients!
Yogurt with “live & active cultures” stimulate the immune system & help fight disease. Cashew yogurt is also dairy, soy, gluten-free, & a great source of vitamin D.
I use Forager Project: Organic, Dairy-Free (Blueberry) Cashew-Milk Yogurt as a smoothing agent for this recipe; this yogurt is entirely plant-based, organic, vegan, gluten, dairy, & soy-free (it also includes probiotics). If you decide to use another base for your smoothie, always check the ingredients before choosing a product. A good rule of thumb is to look for products typically with five ingredients or less, or if you can’t say or spell the ingredient listed on the label, you probably shouldn’t be putting it into your body!
Maca is known for increasing libido in men & women & can even improve fertility in men. Other benefits of using maca include menopause symptom relief & enhancing mood by reducing anxiety.
Thrive Market: Organic Maca Powder is certified gluten, dairy, soy, & BPA-free, + more! This maca powder is a staple in my smoothies. The best part is it only has one ingredient: maca; however, there are various powders on the market, so if you decide on another product, please make sure to always check the ingredients before choosing! Again, a good rule of thumb is to look for products typically with five ingredients or less, or if you can’t say or spell the ingredient listed on the label, you probably shouldn’t be putting it into your body!
Avocados are full of vitamin K & folate, which are known to help prevent stroke. Aside from boosting memory & concentration, avocados have a high dose of lutein, improving brain function.
Bananas contain tryptophan, a protein type that the body converts into mood-lifting serotonin in the body; they also contain vitamin B-6 that promotes serotonin & dopamine production, helping with concentration.
Water is required by every cell in the body & is vital for all body functions. Water helps transport oxygen & nutrients, which are crucial for brain function, also providing cushion & lubrication to brain tissue.
Get creative & have fun with this recipe! Figure out what you enjoy & what works best for your body! Listen & observe how your body feels before, during, & after a meal – this will help bring awareness to what you consume & the effects different foods have on your body.
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