Chocolate Cranberry Green Smoothie

2014-07-22 13.13.05Need a quick and energizing pick me up? This tastes way better than it looks and it uses seasonal produce. I don’t love the taste of fresh cranberries on their own but they are tasty when blended with a smoothie! This is an excellent superfood smoothie!

Chocolate Cranberry Green Smoothie

  • 2 large red kale leaves (or any kale leaves)
  • 1/2 c fresh cranberries (or frozen
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 2 Tbs raw cacao
  • 1.5 tsp maca
  • 1 Tbs greens powder
  • 1 c water
  • 1/2 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or add another 1/2 c water)
  • ice

Rip kale into pieces, discard hard stem. Add ingredients to blender and top with water & almond milk. Blend until smooth.

Why is this so healthy? Cranberries, kale, maca and cacao are all considered superfoods and have a ton of nutrients. It’s a powerhouse of nutrition.

Cranberries are a very good source of vitamin C, dietary fiber, and manganese, as well as a good source of vitamin E, vitamin K, copper, and pantothenic acid. They are anti-inflammatory and offer anti-oxidant.

Kale is an excellent source of vitamin K, A and C plus has manganese, copper, vitamin B6, fiber, calcium, iron, magensium, vitamins E, B1, B2 and B3, folate, protein and Omega 3 fatty acids. It is also high in anti-oxidants and is anti-inflammatory.

Cacao has magnesium, iron, cromium, Phenethylamine (PEA) – the adrenal-related chemical that we produce in our bodies when we fall in love, vitamin C, tryptohpan, seratonin, manganese and zinc. It too has a host of anti-oxidants.

Maca – An ancient Mayan superfood rich in plant sterols and a good source of iron, magnesium, selenium, and calcium.