Happy Monday! I hope your week is off to a great start! I’ve actually been pretty stressed out lately as our house still hasn’t sold and it’s really taking it’s toll on me. Since I’m an LA girl through and through, I’m all about trying the latest health craze and one of the ways I’ve been dealing with my anxiety lately is to incorporate adaptogens into my diet. After much experimenting, today I’m excited to share my easy to make Chocolate Banana Adaptogen Smoothie Recipe.
So by now you might be wondering, what the heck are adaptogens and why should I put them in my smoothie? An adaptogen is a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress and to exert a normalizing effect upon bodily processes. While you might have just started hearing about these herbs, mushrooms and roots that help the body “adapt”, they’ve actually been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines for hundreds of years. Their health benefits include boosting energy levels, balancing hormones and soothing inflammation.
With so many different adaptogens to choose from it can become a little overwhelming (if not expensive), so I was really happy to discover the blends put together by Essential Living Foods. I combined Essential Living Foods Coco Gogo Smoothie Mix (with Lucuma, Mesquite and Guarana) and added a serving of Essential Living Foods Maca blend (with maca, ashwaganda, cinnamon and mushroom powder) to create the perfect adaptogen smoothie cocktail. Trust me when I say that you’ll be on a natural high when you try this delicious drink. And did I mention that it tastes like a chocolate banana milkshake?
Place the ice cubes and frozen banana slices in your blender and crush (cover your ears, this will be loud). Add the remaining ingredients and puree until blended. You might want to add additional almond milk or water if the smoothie is too thick. Or you can add extra ice and less liquid and eat it with a spoon for a delicious frosty treat. Makes 2 servings.
Have you tried incorporating adaptogens into your wellness routine yet? I’d love to hear about your results and favorite recipes. And please let me know what you think of my Chocolate Banana Adaptogen Smoothie recipe. You can tag me on Instagram @lisavmorgan with your photos and stories.
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