Beverages & milks, Breakfast, Snacks

Berry and Maca Smoothie

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.

Berry and Maca Smoothie

1 cup of milk – whatever kind you like, I used Little Island coconut milk in the one below

1/2 cup of frozen or fresh berries of your choice – I used 1/2 cup of blueberries and threw in a few fresh strawberries as I had them on hand

1 tablespoon of macca powder

1 medium sized frozen banana

A sprinkle of cacao nibs

Method

Throw everything together into your blender and blitz into a smoothie. I used my Thermomix and whizzed it for 30 seconds on speed 8/9 and it turns nice and fluffy! Top with a wee sprinkle of caco nibs and enjoy!
Note – if you use quite a large frozen banana this will make it thicker so you may need to add a little more milk in order to get the consistency right.
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