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Evolution Organics Superfood Smoothie

I’ve been reading lots of blogs and health sites recently about superfoods (nutrient-rich food with high protective or disease preventive properties), and hemp seeds, goji berries, raw cacao and maca are among the stars.

So, in our Evolution Organics kitchen, we have created a delicious and quick way to get these life-changing nutrients inside our bodies. Who doesn’t love a smoothie? Especially when it tastes of creamy chocolate!

Let me explain why you should be using these superfoods regularly, and by the end I’m sure you’ll be reaching for your blender.

Hemp seeds

Hemp “seeds” are really not seeds at all, they are actually a fruit. Tiny and round they have a mild and slightly nutty flavor. They aren’t crunchy like nuts and slightly softer in texture, tasting a bit like pine nuts but with a milder flavour.  They are a perfect and natural blend of easily digestible vegan protein, containing lots of essential fats, vitamins and enzymes. And, all amino acids essential for optimum health are found in hemp seeds! They are perfect for increasing energy levels, improving recovery of muscles after exercise and lowering blood pressure.

Goji Berries

Goji berries grow on an evergreen shrub found in temperate and subtropical regions in China, Mongolia and in the Himalayas in Tibet. They are usually consumed dried and are shrivelled red berries that look like red raisins! Goji berries are extremely rich in antioxidants, amino acids and vitamin C. And are great for boosting your immune system,,improving circulation and promoting longevity.

Raw Cacao

Raw cacao beans contain possibly the world’s most concentrated source of antioxidants found in any food. Be sure to attain certified organic raw cacao in a powder, nib or whole bean form as the temperature will have never been allowed to exceed 40°C thus allowing all the heat-sensitive vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to remain intact. Raw Cacao is extremely high in magnesium which has been found to be the most common deficient major mineral in most, even following a balanced diet. Raw cacao beans have a very high antioxidant score which is 14 times more than red wine and 21 times more than green tea…so now you don’t need any excuse to eat chocolate!

Maca

Maca is a very special root vegetable grown high up in the mountains of Peru and is a nutrient packed food that contains an array of minerals, essential amino acids, vitamins and enzymes. Herbalists call it an Adaptogen which is the term used to describe a healthy product which works with the rhythms and needs of your body.  Maca can increase your energy levels, improve physical endurance and give you an overall feeling of wellbeing.

So you see I really had to tell you about these wonderful superfoods and give you a recipe where it’s easy to incorporate them into your daily diet.  I hope you like it!

Ingredients

  •  1 frozen banana (you don’t have to use frozen but I find it makes the drink a little creamier)
  • 2 tbsp hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp goji berries
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao nibs
  • 1 tbsp maca powder
  • 300ml almond or oat milk
  • Couple of ice cubes

Method

 Blend all ingredients on high in a blender until smooth!

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More About The Author - Henry Maitland

Henry Maitland I've been working in the health and fitness world and have been studying related subjects for over 20 years. I started out studying sports science and human biology in 1994 and went on to qualify and work as a masseur in 1996 than as a personal trainer in 2001. I then went on to qualify as a CHEK practitioner and Holistic Lifestyle Coach in 2002. These are both multi stage qualifications and I spent ten years working my way through the more advanced levels and the epic reading lists that go with them. I still have Chek level 4 to look forward to and in the coming years plan to travel to San Diego and finish the journey. I took a brief break from my studies with the CHEK institute in 2007 to qualify as a St John's certified Neuromuscular Therapist and returned in 2008 and 2009 to complete the level 3 CHEK certifications. 4 years ago I started studying with the four winds institute of energy medicine in America which is formed from the ancient shamanic healing techniques of the South American Q'ero Indians. This combined with the works of David; R Hawkins MD brought together for me the most extraordinary revelation as to dynamics of true health and wellness. I continue to read and study on my own path guided by those that I have studied with previously as I continue my research in to the many subjects that form the health equation. I have been running my own business, Core Evolution, for the last 12 years. I spend the majority of my time taking people through advanced holistic rehabilitation programmes and work on all areas of the Evolution Cycle of health (although not at the same time!) I very much hope I can share some of what I have discovered with you through the Evolution Organics blog. In health, chi, and happiness. Henry Maitland C.H.E.K practitioner level 3 St Johns Certified Neuromuscular therapist levels 1-8 C.H.E.K HLC level 3 C.H.E.K certified golf biomechanic ITEC certified Remedial masseur Shamanic healer - The four winds institute

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