Recipes: Blueberry Almond Butter Smoothie

BlueberryAlmondSmoothie1This smoothie is simple and sweet, a nice change from my go-to Morning Milkshake.  The almond butter and Vitamineral Green powder give it a little protein kick, while the hemp and flax provide essential Omega’s.  I’ve been adding my supplements to my smoothies lately, which always includes my probiotics, flax oil, greens powders, and a natural Vitamin C powder.  You can’t taste a difference in your smoothie, and in fact, it’s by far a more enjoyable way to take your supplements than choke down a pill.  Here’s one I’ve started adding into my smoothies daily: Ashwagandha.

Nutritional Profile: Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha root is considered one of the most vital herbs for healing in Ayurveda. Known as the “Indian Ginseng” for its strengthening and calming effects, studies have shown it increases white blood cell count and helps boost immunity.  Ashwagandha is also an adaptogenic herb, which are indigenous plants that help increase the body’s natural resistance to environmental stresses.  Other benefits of the this tonic herb include:

  • Aid in reducing side effects of stress on the nervous system
  • Improves learning, memory, and reaction time
  • Reduces anxiety and depression without causing drowsiness
  • Stabilizes blood sugar
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Reduces brain-cell degeneration
  • Contains anti-malarial properties

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BLUEBERRY ALMOND BUTTER SMOOTHIE

1 cup hemp milk or activated almond milk
1 cup blueberries
1 banana
1 cup spinach
1 tbsp almond butter
1/4 tsp cinnamon

Optional Supplements:
1 tbsp Vitamineral Green powder
1 tbsp flax oil
½ tsp maca powder
½ tsp ashwagandha

In a high-speed blender, combine all the ingredients.  Blend well.  Pour into a glass and garnish with bee pollen and fresh blueberries.

Makes 1 serving

Dosha Qualities
Increases Vata (+)
Decreases Pitta (-)
Increases Kapha (+)

Here’s the lowdown…smoothies aren’t awesome for digestion for many reasons and are not part of a traditional Ayurvedic diet. But should you want to enjoy a smoothie, opt for fresh over frozen ingredients and drink at room temp. If you’re experiencing slow digestion and bloating, best to avoid smoothies and opt for a creamy tea latte instead!

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4 responses to “Recipes: Blueberry Almond Butter Smoothie”

  1. Sarah-Helena says:

    Hi! This looks lovely. What type of ashwagandha do you use? Is it a powder, or a tincture, or…? I tried capsules once and wasn’t super convinced, but I really feel the quality of products like ashwagandha or maca depends heavily on the company and the processing, so I might have to try again with a different product.

    • vidyacleanse says:

      Hi there! I really like Banyan Botanicals for Ayurvedic herbs. They’re 100% organic, high quality products. I have their ashwagandha in tablets and powder. I also use their turmeric tablets daily and love how my joints and muscles feel from taking it. It doesn’t take much in this smoothie. The ashwagandha is little chalky on it’s own, but blended with the sweeter berries and creamy almond butter you can’t tell at all. With most Ayurvedic herbs, the experience is subtle in the short term but powerful and effective when taken consistently over time. Check Banyan out, I think you’ll like them! http://www.banyanbotanicals.com/?a_aid=5270686ab0043

  2. Hannah MacMahon says:

    I am in love with your site!! It gives me lots of good ideas and I am learning things I never knew before! Question: where do you get your maca powder?

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