I’m so excited that New Zealand is finally starting to get it’s summer on, and just in time for the Christmas holidays, yaaaay! I often don’t feel like a huge meal in the summer evenings and sometimes (lots of the time) I have snacked in the arvo so my fall back is a smoothie of some sort when I get home. I’m on a bit of a smoothie roll at the moment so perhaps this can be the second addition to my ‘Summer Smoothie Series’. I got home last night and was super tired so threw together a berry and maca smoothie before I fell into bed. It’s refreshing and full of good stuff, including maca powder which is excellent for you! Maca is packed with a whole bunch of great health properties and assists in balancing hormones which is always a bonus, right? When I first started using maca powder I found it had a bit of an unusual taste, which I am now used to and quite like, but if you’re new to the maca world, I’d suggest perhaps halving the amount of maca powder below to begin with and up it as your taste buds adapt. Smoothies are great for brekkie, snacks, or a light meal, have them as you please. Also having a smoothie post exercise is a great way to replace some lost (good for you) sugars, and if you use milk that is a little higher in protein (nut milks) or if you add some natural protein powder to replenish your muscles you’ll be away laughing in the recovery and energy department.
As christmas is sprinting towards us, I can’t help but think of chocolate and candy canes! I’m quite the fan of minty things, and chocolate things, and so combining the two I find is quite delightful. I know that for some the thought of chocolate and mint together is awful, as who would want to taint the beauty of chocolate with the taste of toothpaste?! But for those of you who do fancy the combo, I have whipped up a clean eating recipe for a chocolate and mint smoothie, it’s quite rich and very delectable. I hope you enjoy it! Continue reading “Choc Mint Smoothie”