Valentine's Day is as much about expressing your love for yourself as it is for expressing love to your friends, family, and significant other. This smoothie, or potion as I'm calling it, is the perfect way to wake up this Valentine's Day and say, "Self, I love you." Of course you can also make it for a loved one as an extra special treat to go with their breakfast in bed. It's easy on the eyes, and oh so yummy on the tastebuds. It requires a little thought the night before, but the result is worthwhile. It has healthy fats and protein from the chia and hemp seeds and energizing and antioxidant-fighting properties from goji berries, cacao powder, and maca powder. Strawberries, bananas, and spinach will provide nourishing Vitamin C, potassium, Vitamin A, and fiber. Did I say it tastes like a chocolate dipped strawberry? Sip, sip away.
1 1/2 c. unsweetened nut milk or soymilk, dairy milk, or water- your choice
2 T. unsweetened, shredded coconut
1 T. chia seeds
1 T. hemp seeds
2 T. goji berries
1/2 t. vanilla extract
1 banana, peeled, broken into three pieces, and frozen
3/4 c. frozen strawberries
1 T. cacao powder
1 t. maca powder, optional but delicious
1 generous handful of spinach
Cacao nibs, optional for garnish
Dark chocolate, grated, optional for garnish
The night before, soak the coconut, chia seeds, hemp seeds, and goji berries in the liquid of choice. You can do this right in the blender.
In the morning, add the remaining ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. Garnish with cacao nibs and chocolate shavings if you would like. Enjoy!