I used to not be a smoothie person, but now most mornings involve "smoothie time." I find it to be a simple and comforting way to integrate antioxidants, immune boosters, fruit, and greens first thing in the morning. Winter smoothies are less appealing than smoothies in the warmer months. Yet, on days where it is not 20 degrees F, I love to start my morning or refuel after a workout with them. I rotate my smoothie concoctions frequently, but this dark cherry maca smoothie has been on repeat for many weeks.
Dark cherries are full of antioxidants, in particular anthocyanins, which lower inflammation and cholesterol and triglyceride levels. I like to add a bit of maca to my morning smoothies as well for a natural subtle energy boost. Maca is a root vegetable from Peru that is typically found in dried powdered form. It is considered to be an adaptogen, which strengthens the adrenal system and reduces your bodies response to stress. Since maca has an effect on the hormonal system, consider consulting with your health care practitioner if you have thyroid issues, difficulty sleeping, or are at risk for estrogenic cancers.
Dark Cherry Maca Smoothie
makes 2 smoothies
- 2 cups frozen organic dark cherries
- 1 1/4 cup raw coconut water
- 1 tablespoon or more ginger root, peeled and chopped
- 2 teaspoons maca powder
- 1 tablespoon flax seeds
- 1/4 cup plain or vegan yogurt
- 1 handful of baby spinach
- Hemp seeds for garnish (optional)
Blend all the ingredients together in a high speed blender, pour into two glasses, and top with hemp seeds.