The color of this smoothie made it seem just perfect to share before Valentine’s Day. This is a dairy-free recipe that even sneaks in a serving of vegetables, with an extra shot of fiber from ground flax, too.
I had big plans to go to the farmers’ market on Saturday morning this past weekend and do all kinds of errands, but I woke up with a headache. Boo! I always get nervous when I have any sort of headache since I used to suffer from terrible, chronic migraines. I still get them every once in awhile, but I find that if I drop everything and rest (what a concept, but it’s still really hard for me!), then I can usually fight off the migraine and just end up with a sore head for the next day or so.
That’s exactly what happened on Saturday. My appetite was off most of the day, too, until mid-afternoon hit and I was suddenly starving. I didn’t want to ruin my appetite for dinner, so I created this one-serving smoothie that hit the spot.
I kind of suspected that this headache was hormone-related. The full moon was this weekend. Once I got off hormonal birth control and restored my fertility a few years ago, my cycle synced up with the lunar phase. You can read an article on the “Wisdom of the Menstrual Cycle” by Dr. Christiane Northrup here. Nature is so cool.
Anyway, I read online that estrogen can surge during ovulation and could potentially be the reason why I got a headache. To give a little additional support to my detoxification system, I added sprouted ground flax to this smoothie, as well as some frozen zucchini which you cannot taste at all (here’s another link to an article about “seed cycling” to help balance both pre- and post-menopausal hormones).
Even if you’re not super sensitive to hormonal fluctuations like I am, a little flax most days can probably help with health overall. Have you made my Peanut Butter Protein Balls yet? They are suuuuper high in flax.
Here’s the recipe for this smoothie:
- 1 cup vanilla almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen strawberries
- ½ cup frozen zucchini
- ½ scoop protein powder
- ½ teaspoon sprouted ground flax
- 1 tablespoon sprouted sunflower seed butter
- 1 teaspoon raw honey (sub maple syrup for vegan)
- 1 teaspoon carob powder or 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- Add the almond milk, frozen banana, frozen strawberries, frozen zucchini, protein powder, flax, sunflower seed butter, raw honey, and carob powder to the pitcher of a high-speed blender.
- Blend on high for about 60 seconds or until the texture is smooth and creamy.
- Serve immediately.
Recommended items for this recipe (some affiliate links included; thanks in advance for using them):
- A high-speed blender like a Blendtec (read my review of the Stealth model here)
- Sprouted organic ground flax…the only kind that doesn’t give me a tummy-ache
- Paleo protein powder OR vegan protein powder
- Non-alkalized, organic cocoa powder
- Organic sprouted sunflower seed butter
And, some related blog posts I’ve done:
What are some creative ways you add extra fiber or vegetables into your diet? Let me know in the comments!
And, here’s a Pinnable image to save this recipe for later:
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