This isn’t just another green smoothie. Hidden amongst the greenery are a few ingredients that’ll give you and your smoothie a kick. Need a little extra motivation in the mornings? Need a little nutritional nudge to get the ball rolling? Well, this quick, tasty, nutrient dense smoothie might just do the trick.
With a little help from Cacao, your stress response is gently stimulated. This produces a high much like that from coffee. Cacao has a compound similar to Caffeine, Theobromine.
Theobromine triggers the release of feel good, energising neurotransmitters Dopamine, Adrenaline and Noradrenaline.
Together, these provide a sense of reward and alter your physiology to liberate more glucose for energy production. Your blood vessels also constrict, allowing more oxygen availability for energy synthesis.
This peruvian root, commonly found as a powder acts as an adaptogen. Adaptogens regulate and balance the hormonal, nervous and cardiovascular systems within the body.
The adaptive regulation of some of our bodies systems can do wonders for our energy. Maca is able to regulate the release of stress hormones – Adrenaline and Noradrenaline. These chemical signals influence our energy production in response to perceived stress.
Maca also increases the content of oxygen within the blood. This equips us to deal with stressful situations more effectively. Because oxygen gets used to produce energy, greater oxygen allows for quicker energy synthesis.
These seeds have made their way into many a smoothie, and for good reason. Chia is a complete source of protein, which provides a spread of all 9 essential amino acids. These seeds are one of few complete sources of plant protein.
A decent spread of amino acids allows our cells to remain healthy. They also provide the raw materials for building hormones and neurotransmitters. A healthy matrix of these chemicals ensures our energy production is well regulated.
Chia packs a micronutrient punch by way of Iron and magnesium. The chia serving in this recipe provides ~ 20% of your RDA for Iron and ~ 35% Magnesium.
Iron helps our red blood cells carry oxygen in the bloodstream. As noted above – more oxygen availability enables us to synthesise energy more efficiently.
Magnesium is a key player in energy synthesis within the mitochondria of our cells. ATP (Adenosine Tri-Phosphate) is the energy currency produced within the mitochondria. Without sufficient magnesium, our ATP production can slow.
Coconuts are a goldmine for energy. This energy comes mostly in the form of saturated fat. These saturated fats are different from most. They are Medium Chain Fatty Acids. Shorter length chains allow MCFA quicker absorption into the bloodstream. This requires little or no breakdown when eaten. MCFA provide fast acting energy, and efficient fuel source, especially if your body is fat adapted.
Kale has had its time in the spotlight for a while due to its nutrient density. It is a fully stocked arsenal of micronutrients to fuel the metabolic pathways within us. You will find Vitamin C a plenty in Kale. This smoothie will provide ~ 75% of your RDA for Vitamin C from the Kale alone.
Vitamin C is a cofactor in many pathways within the body. In addition to that of ATP production. which provides you the energy and vitality to charge through each day.
- 3 tsp Chia seeds
- 1 tsp Cacao
- 1 tsp Maca
- 1/5 grated coconut
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 Banana
- 1/2 cup Kale
- 1 Tbsp Honey