I absolutely love this smoothie. Not only does it taste good, but it’s full of good nutrition. Pumpkin & sunflower seeds are loaded with magnesium, selenium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, omega 3 fats, and my favorite- Vitamin E. Because vitamin E is anti-aging, I try to sneak in pumpkin seeds to everything! The best form of seeds to eat are sprouted seeds. Sprouting increases nutrient absorption and makes it easier for your body to digest. You can eat them as is, or try adding them to your smoothie or salad. Did you know that Cacao is also great for your health? It’s an antioxidant rich super-food, that contains high amounts of manganese, copper, iron, and magnesium.
- 1/3 cup Sprouted pumpkin seeds
- 1/3 cup Sprouted sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup Cacao nibs or Powder
- 1 Banana
- 1 cup of Califia farms almond milk
- ½ ice
- 4-5 frozen organic strawberries
- 2 T peanut butter (or almond butter)
- Mix all ingredients in blender (I use a Vitamix)
- Pour into glass & drink up
Total Plant Protein per recipe: = 39 grams
- Pumpkin seeds = 11.18 grams of protein
- Sunflower seeds = 10.83 grams of protein
- Cacao nibs = 5 grams
- 1 Banana = 2.9 grams
- 1 Cup of Califia Farms unsweetened vanilla = 1 gram
- 2 Tablespoons of Peanut butter = 8 grams
- You can store in fridge for a few hours before drinking.
- You can add in a probiotic. I really like adding in a Zenwise Probiotic to my smoothies, because I feel it helps me digest better. You can read more about probiotics by clicking the link here.
- To make a quick/easier version of this smoothie, substitute the first 3 ingredients of the recipe with a chocolate protein powder. In the picture below, I used Garden of Life Organic Plant Protein.
Check out the benefits of Cacao by clicking here.
JUST EAT REAL FOOD – Stop focusing on calories & focus on what you’re eating and how it makes you feel. Your body is always giving you signals, but many times we ignore them. Pay attention if you develop nausea, gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, joint pain, rashes, sinus problems, or cold sores. If you develop any of these things after eating, it’s a good indicator that your body is giving you a clue to stop consuming something in your food. Many times these symptoms come from consuming chemicals, artificial coloring, and preservatives. Other times these symptoms can occur from a food allergy or sensitivity. Pay attention. Creating a food diary is a really great way to help you figure out what your triggers are. Food elimination diets are a great way to figure out what your triggers are.