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Banana Berry Chai Smoothie

I just got back from three amazing weeks in the Bay Area, namely the redwoods and San Francisco. I kept hearing so many great things about the area and I finally found the opportunity to take the time to explore it. Something very attractive to me about California, aside from the breathtaking sights and natural beauty, is the wellness and ecological consciousness that’s breathable everywhere you go.

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They have recycling bins in every store, their cable cars and buses are electrical or hybrid, they don’t offer shopping bags unless you ask for them (and they charge for them if you do) to encourage you to bring your own. There are locally owned health food stores in every other corner and they all have the most amazing selection of healthy goods and produce. A vast majority of restaurants serve local and organic foods and their menu items are full of vibrancy, color and flavor. They support local restaurants and you see a wide range of ethnic foods throughout the city – my favorite. Call it a haven for a real-food foodie! I felt like I was in my own version of Disneyland the whole time I was there.

Being the planner that I am, I would plan an easy meal in the morning before heading out the door to either a meditation or a yoga class, followed by an afternoon of sightseeing and a hearty lunch at a different restaurant in the city. Yes, I tried my best not to go to the same restaurant every day, although I was tempted because all of them seemed to be my favorite restaurants by the end of my trip. So many to try, so little time.

But rather than the delicious ethnic lunches, in this post I’d like to talk about the quick and easy breakfast many of us have come to love – smoothies! In San Francisco, my easy breakfast would consist of a simple but substantial smoothie. I don’t underestimate the power of blended nutrition and I’ll tell you why: the amount of fiber, vitamins, minerals, omega-3 and protein that you can consume in a balanced smoothie is nothing less than a complete meal.

I would wake up at 7am, take a shower, get dressed, whip up a smoothie and be out the door. The city couldn’t wait. Well, it was me who couldn’t wait to see what the city had to offer every single day!

I’m sure you have plenty of other reasons to get up early and head out the door without much time to sit down and eat a whole meal on a daily basis. So you can appreciate the benefits of a simple and healthy meal that can be made in a matter of minutes and take to go.

Now, if you’re new to blending or juicing you might ask, “how do I go about making a smoothie at home?” Well, I have the answer for you.

Step 1

The first thing you want to add is a base of leafy greens since they are your best source of nutrients such as iron, calcium, vitamin k, magnesium and carotenoids. My favorite green is spinach, but you can also use kale or dandelion for example.

Step 2

The second ingredient is fruit – if you want to keep it sweet and creamy, bananas are great for that. Also consider strawberries, apples, pears, pineapple, peaches, blueberries, mangos; you can get creative here, the sky is the limit. I would just suggest that you keep it simple and have only a couple to avoid competing flavors.

Step 3

Then you can get fancy with some superfoods such as maca, spirulina, raw cacao, goji berries, chia seeds or the like. These will add a punch of nutrition. I personally like to include a nutritional mix of plant-based protein. This ensures that my smoothie is balanced with all the necessary nutrients and categories of foods needed in every meal.

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My favorite smoothie supplement lately is the amazing Vega One all-in-one nutritional shake. In one serving you have 3 servings of greens (plus whatever other greens you include, that makes 4), 6 grams of fiber, 1.5 grams of omega-3 (super important), 2.7 cups of antioxidants, 50% of vitamins and minerals, 15 grams of protein and 1 billion of probiotics (same as 1 cup of yogurt). It’s dairy, gluten and soy free. What’s not to like, right?

So a handful of greens, a cup of fruit, a cup and a half of your favorite non-dairy milk and a scoop of plant-based protein powder, and you have a punch of nutrition in a glass!

During my time in San Francisco, I kept my smoothie recipe simple by using only the ingredients I had available. It think it came out really tasty and combined with the vanilla chai flavored Vega nutritional shake, it was a power-packed breakfast in a glass.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Banana Berry Chai Smoothie

1 ½ cup non-dairy milk
1 cup frozen berries
1 banana or 2 dates
1 handful spinach
½ inch fresh ginger
1 dash vanilla
1 scoop Vega One nutritional shake vanilla chai flavor

Love + smoothies,

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  1. WilliamMum says:

    Please add more videos related to cooking if you have, for the reason that I would like to learn more and more regarding all recipes of cooking.
    Legendario.

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