Blueberry Cinnamon Smoothie

If you’ve been following the blog at all, you should know by now that I’m a huge fan of green smoothies (like, seriously, huge). I have a different one almost every morning for breakfast, and seriously miss them when I’m travelling or not able to make them for whatever reason. Green smoothies are the best way to sneak extra greens into your diet – I promise you, you don’t taste them at all! Plus they’re jam-packed full of fruit and antioxidants, not to mention chia seeds (or hemp), which means I know I’m getting plenty of Omega-3 and protein. In addition, I usually try to add some kind of ‘superfood’ like maca, so all-in all-green smoothies are like little powerhouses of nutrients: the perfect way to set you up for the day. Of course, green smoothies don’t always turn out green… this recipe usually turns out a kind of muddy purple – but don’t be put off! It’s super delicious – cinnamon and blueberry work so well together, and the cacao nibs give it just a little bit of crunch. The idea for the recipe comes from a Facebook post by James Colquhoun, of Food Matters – if you haven’t already checked out the amazing work being done at Food Matters, what are you waiting for?! It’s one of the best resources, not only for recipes but mostly for inspiration on how to live a more healthy, fulfilling life.

Blueberry Cinnamon Smoothie

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Ingredients

handful of spinach

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 banana

1 tbsp raw cacao nibs

1/4 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp shelled hemp seeds

1/2 glass* of coconut milk (not from a can, it should be the stuff you buy in a carton… or sub for any other nondairy milk)

 

Directions

Wash the spinach. Add the banana, blueberries, spinach, chia seeds, hemp seeds, milk and cinnamon to a high-speed powerful blender. (See my recommendations for blenders here.) If using a personal blender then put the banana in first, followed by lighter ingredients. Basically you want the heaviest things on top. And try to add the chia seeds before the milk or they’ll start to go clumpy! Blend until completely smooth. Add the raw cacao nibs and pulse a few times (I like mine fairly in-tact for a better crunch!). Pour into your glass and try not to cut yourself licking it out the blender…

 

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* I like to save on washing up (!) so I use the same glass to measure the milk that I’m gonna drink from. It’s a tall glass, fyi. I’m not fussy on measurements, as you can tell 😉 Start off with less and you can always add more depending how thick you like your smoothies…

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