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The Longevity Breakfast Smoothie


A meal in a glass, but for real this time. 

I've been a vegetarian for over 20 years, and I own (and therefore worship) a Vitamix. I've made A LOT of smoothies. I've experimented with protein sources, different fruits, different spices and liquids and fat sources. Mostly, I drink green smoothies for energy or protein smoothies for athletic recovery. I usually use frozen bananas or cashews for a creamy texture, and I add a splash of vanilla extract and a pinch of sea salt for taste. I make a dang fine smoothie. 

But this one is different. (Scroll down if you just want to get to the recipe and ignore my blathering.)

Hopefully, you eat very little "processed" sugar already, but if you're trying to decrease even your natural sugar consumption, this smoothie is so satisfying and has very little sugar. It requires a little bit of adjustment if you're used to a super sweet taste, but it contains so many nutrients that it satisfies you on a much deeper level. Here are some of the nutritional powerhouses in this velvety concoction.

THE BREAKDOWN

Chia seeds - High in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, manganese, and calcium.

Pumpkin Seeds - Loaded with zinc, protein, antioxidants, and vitamin E.

Walnuts - Omega 3, L-arginine (an amino acid that helps increase blood flow to muscles), manganese, copper, and vitamin E.

Hemp Seeds - Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and magnesium.

Raw Almond Butter - High in fiber, protein, Vitamin E, and calcium.  

Avocado - High in healthy fats, Vitamin K, folate, and Vitamin C.

Lemon, Frozen Blueberries, and Frozen Cranberries - all the incredible antioxidants and vitamins of fresh fruits with very little sugar. 

THE RECIPE

For two servings (a tall 16-ounce glass each), place the following in your Vitamix and blend until smooth and beautifully purple:

  • 3 T raw hemp seeds
  • 3 T raw pumpkin seeds 
  • 2 T chia seeds
  • 2 T raw almond butter
  • 1/4 cup raw walnuts
  • Three scoops of protein powder (I use Garden of Life Sport Vanilla)
  • 1 small lemon, chopped, with peel
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2T MCT oil
  • 1 cup frozen, wild blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen cranberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice water (have more ready if needed to thin mixture)
  • 5-7 ice cubes
Hope you love this nutrient powerhouse as much as I do! Enjoy filling up your cells with free radical scavengers and healthy fats, and great job giving your body the amazing fuel it needs to do its job well!

 

With love and antioxidants from us to you,