After all the flowers are given, the desserts are eaten, and the presents are opened, the day after Valentine’s Day can feel like a let down with nothing special to look forward to. Keep the love alive by surprising the special person or people in your life with this delicious smoothie today as one more way to say, “I’m thinking about you”.
This Valentine’s Day-After Smoothie is not only delicious, but it fuels your body to express its most beautiful self. With top superfoods like goji, maca, cacao, and hemp, it provides your body with the proper nutrients for cellular repair, free radical elimination, and hormone balancing!
Creating healthy meals and snacks is an easy thing you can always do to show people you care – whether it’s a holiday or just an average Thursday.
Cacao one of nature’s most perfect beauty superfoods due to its high mineral and trace mineral content. Minerals are the basis of all of your body’s cellular functions. Without the right minerals, your hair doesn’t shine, your skin becomes dull, and your energy levels dip. Cacao contains protein, vitamin A, riboflavin, thiamine, calcium, potassium, magnesium, bioavailable iron, chromium, manganese, zinc, copper, vitamin C, omega-6 fatty acids, sulfur, and phosphorus.
The oil in the cacao seed is a potent anti-inflammatory which helps to improve and rejuvenate your skin’s condition and appearance. The polyphenols in cacao help to create healthy gut bacteria which improves digestion. Its antioxidants protect and repair your skin from premature aging. All of these factors together improve the flow of blood throughout your body, which promotes cellular healing and increases hydration, leading to youthful radiant skin.
Goji berries are one of the highest antioxidant foods in the world, typically containing two to four times more antioxidants than blueberries! Antioxidants stop the damaging effects of free radicals and keep your liver functioning smoothly, which keeps your skin clear and glowing.
In addition to their antioxidant properties, gojis are rich in phospholipids which help hydrate your skin and prevent dryness. Gojis support the internal health of the eyes due to their high levels of zeaxanthin and beta carotene. They keep your blood iron-rich, and support the strength of your immune system.
In addition, the goji berry is a complete protein source, contains 19 amino acids, and all 8 essential amino acids. It boasts at least 21 trace minerals, as well as vitamins B1, B2, B6, and E and high levels of hydrogen. Gojis also stimulate the body to produce more Human Growth Hormone (HGH), which works to counteract the signs of aging.
Maca is incredibly balancing and is a potent adaptogen that can help you handle daily stressors with grace. Its libido and fertility-enhancing properties work in the battle against time by keeping your hormone levels up. As you age, your hormone levels naturally start to decline, which contributes to the physical signs of aging. Maca keeps your body looking younger, longer!
Although maca is not a complete protein, it contains 20 amino acids, including 7 of the essential ones. It is such an outstanding source of hormone precursors that it provides many of the same effects that high-protein foods typically would to strengthen your nails and hairs. Maca also offers macro- and micronutrients, including 31 different minerals to optimize cellular functioning including iron and iodine, which are important to note because they support your thyroid.
Hemp is an outstanding source of complete bioavailable plant protein. Protein builds your muscles, grows hair and nails, creates bones, and performs many other critical functions to keep us alive. Hemp is 65% is edestin which is used by our bodies to create almost all types of enzymes, hormones, and blood molecules – all major factors that affect our appearance. Hemp is 35% albumin which maintains the strength of our tissues contributing to smooth, firm skin.
Hemp seeds offer you an abundance of major minerals and over 20 trace minerals. Without minerals, the delicate biochemistry of your body falls apart as 95% of your body functions rely on them! Offering an almost perfect ratio of essential fatty acids (EFAs) for your body’s needs, hemp is anti-inflammatory, helps balance your hormones, helps enzyme formation, supports the immune system, and enhances your complexion. (EFAs cannot be created by your body, and so it’s very important that you include them in your diet.)
Valentine’s Day-After Beauty Smoothie
2 cups Coconut Water
1 packed cup Baby Spinach Leaves
1 cup fresh or frozen Blueberries
2 Tablespoons Cacao Powder
1 Tablespoon Chia Seeds
1 Tablespoon Goji Berries
1 Tablespoon Maca Powder
1 Tablespoon Hemp Seeds
2-3 Dates to sweeten
Blend all ingredients together until creamy. Serve chilled or add ice. Pass this smoothie around with a few hugs and…enjoy!