Do you feel as though you always have all the energy you need to get through each day with plenty of zip, pep and go? If not, rest assured you are not alone. This energy boosting smoothie recipe with Maca is easy to make, easy to digest and will absolutely boost endurance (for fitness and life!), stamina and pep. Most importantly, it supplies necessary nutrients that provide your body with REAL energy rather than the artificial energy you might typically rely on from caffeinated beverages. Real energy means no caffeine jitters, no crashing and no negative consequences.
High Energy Boosting Smoothie Superfood Ingredients
Every single ingredient in the smoothie recipe is a superfood and serves an energy-boosting purpose. There isn’t one single “wasted” or “empty” calorie added.
In addition, because each plant-based ingredient is easy to digest and easy to absorb, your body won’t be expending extra energy to break down and digest your food. By eliminating the excess workload of digestion, you will reap more energy by drinking this smoothie than if you were to consume the same amount of calories from a smoothie made from difficult-to-digest animal foods (such as dairy) or refined and denatured protein powders.
The energy boosting smoothie is even more energizing than eating starchy carbohydrates because the carbohydrate source in this recipe comes from whole fruits and vegetables, which are incredibly easy for your body to burn. Anything that is easy for your body to burn means more “leftover” energy for you!
Often referred to as a natural source of testosterone, maca is a superfood that can benefit both men and women. While we often associate testosterone with men, women have testosterone too. Testosterone is a hormone that plays a critical role in maintaining energy, building metabolically active muscle mass and maintaining bone density. Whether you are male or female, if you are low on testosterone you will experience decreased energy and persistent fatigue along with a reduced sex drive and decreased sense of well-being. Maca can help balance hormones in both men and women and it is an important ingredient in the energy smoothie recipe.
Well known for its invigorating and energizing properties, maca is also incredibly nourishing to the adrenal glands. A root vegetable related to the turnip, maca powder is marketed as a dietary supplement, but it is really a superfood. By supporting the adrenal glands, maca combats the energy-draining effects of modern day life and helps provide a steady and non-jittery form of energy. Vega Maca (see photo above) is a super high-quality powdered source of this superfood.
It is important to note that although the energy smoothie recipe will absolutely boost energy in the short term, if you want to really see results (especially from the maca), you will want to drink it daily for about 4 to 6 weeks.
Where to Buy Maca and Other Superfood Ingredients Used in the Energy Boosting Smoothie Recipe
Most of the ingredients in the energy boosting smoothie recipe can be purchased at your typical grocery store (such as the spinach, blueberries, dates, frozen cranberries, banana and even flaxseeds). However, the maca powder, camu camu powder and hemp seeds are often only sold at natural foods stores or places like Whole Foods Market. You can also easily purchase them online at Amazon or at one of my favorite online discount healthy living shopping destinations, VitaCost.
- 2 cups cold filtered water
- 1 frozen banana (cut into chunks)
- 1 large handful organic spinach
- 1/3 cup frozen cranberries (Note: be sure they are unsweetened)
- 1/2 cup frozen organic blueberries
- 2 teaspoons camu camu powder (such as Navitas Naturals)
- 2 teaspoons gelatinized maca powder (such as Vega Maca)
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 3 tablespoons ground flaxseeds
- 5 medjool dates (pitted)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Pinch of unrefined sea salt
- 1 1/2 cups ice
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender (such as a Vitamix) and process until smooth and creamy. Drink cold.
This high energy smoothie recipe can be made in advance and will keep for up to 24 hours in the refrigerator.