This superfood smoothie completely rocks in both taste and nutritional benefit.  The ingredients used in this recipe are all exceptional superfoods.  You can read all about the benefits below.  Who doesn’t want a heart healthy, cancer fighting, joint soothing, mood balancing and wrinkle reducing smoothie that actually tastes delicious?!

Ingredients

1 pitted date, roughly chopped

½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger

½ teaspoon maca powder

1 tablespoon collagen powder

2 tablespoons sunflower seed butter

1 tablespoon cacao nibs

1-2 droppers Sonder Grace 250 MG Hemp Oil – Peppermint Flavor

¾ cup unsweetened almond milk

3 ice cubes

⅓ cup of mint leaves

Instructions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend to desired consistency.

Nutritional Goodness

Dates

Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. Dates also provide a good source of energy, natural sugar, and fiber. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorussodium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc can be found in dates. They also contain vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavinniacin, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin K.

Ginger

Ginger is an ancient remedy to ease digestion, relieve nausea, treat cold and flu, reduce pain and inflammation and improve cardiac health.[2]  It is also a great source of fiber, iron, Vitamin C, potassium and protein. Not to mention it’s an excellent spicy addition when cooking (or making a morning smoothie).

Maca Powder

Maca is a root and a closely related to the radish. The benefits are almost too many too list in my brief overview, but most notably, maca balances hormones, treats issues such as PMS and symptoms of menopause. It is also well regarded as a natural remedy to increase fertility.  (Note: Maca should NOT be consumed during pregnancy).  Maca is known for improving libido and sexual function especially in men.  It is a great source of minerals, sterols and essential fatty acids, lipids, fiber, carbohydrates, protein, and amino acids.[3]

Collagen Powder

Collagen powder is thought to help mend intestinal permeability (i.e. leaky gut), a condition linked to a host of auto immune diseases.  In an article I read by prevention magazine, a recent study performed with women who incorporated collagen powder into their diet for 4 weeks, showed that they experienced a 20% reduction in wrinkles around the eye area. Some women reported reduced osteoarthritis and joint pain.

Sunflower Butter

Sunflower Seeds, used to make sun butter, are considered to be the best whole food source of Vitamin E, an antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes, brain cells, and lower the risk for chronic diseases.  Sunflower seeds reduce  “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and prevent hypertension.  Their nutritional make up of essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals put them in the category of cancer prevention, reduces headaches and muscle cramps, and promotes detoxification, healthy skin, and more.

Cacao Nibs

Cacao Nibs are a superfood that help our bodies boost energy and burn fat. Cacao contains unique phytonutrients that enhance alertness and mood.  Cacao is actually the source of original, natural chocolate though many products on the market today do not contain true cacao. Your hershey bar will not deliver the same benefits.  Cacao has more antioxidant benefits than goji berries, blueberries and green tea.  Flavonoids are abundant in Cacao, delivering powerful anti-inflammatory and immune system benefits to its consumers. [4]

CBD Oil

CBD promotes homeostasis, reduces inflammation, decreases high blood pressure, and suppresses cancer cells by helping create an environment in which they can not thrive.  CBD has a plethora of psychological benefits.  Recent research [5] has revealed antidepressant, anti-anxiety, anti-psychotic and mood-balancing effects.  Read our post called How Does CBD Work?

Almond Milk

Almond milk is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and calcium.  It is low calorie and has no cholesterol making it a great addition to your diet if you are trying to prevent cardiovascular disease.  It is high in vitamin E, making it a powerful antioxidant, which plays a role in fighting free radicals and aids in preventing Alzheimer’s disease.

If the above was not convincing enough for you to try our superfood smoothie recipe, I can vouch that it is delicious.

Superfood References

  1. https://draxe.com/10-medicinal-ginger-health-benefits/

  2. https://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-961-ginger.aspx?activeingredientid=961

  3. https://wellnessmama.com/8254/maca-herb-profile/

4. https://draxe.com/cacao-nibs/

5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26341731

Our recipe was adapted from this recipe by Goop.