Updated: Nov 14, 2019
After living on a farm for 5 months with no air conditioning, no electricity, and no refrigerator, the food that I couldn't wait to eat when I got home was my cold fruit smoothies in the morning. I usually go through phases of making some sort of fruit smoothie or protein shake to start my day, and I'll have the same thing for breakfast for months until I get sick of it and move on to my next creation.
So when I got home, the first thing I did was stock up on almond milk, cut up my bananas for the freezer, and buy some frozen riced cauliflower. These are my 3 staples that go into almost all of my favorite smoothie recipes.
The afternoon I landed, I was tired and jet-lagged so couldn't get myself to go for a real grocery run, I only had energy to get the bare minimum. The next morning, I couldn't wait to finally have my first morning smoothie in months, but I realized I actually didn't have so much to choose from.
Using what I could find in the freezer and pantry, I threw this recipe together and it has been my go to breakfast ever since.
I remembered that I had done some research on moringa powder before I left for Israel and I found that it can be really beneficial for balancing hormones. I have mild PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), that I don't take any medication for. This means that when I hear that a natural product can help with hormone imbalances, I am always excited to learn more!
Moringa has been shown to lower blood insulin levels, thus lessening androgen levels. It has high levels of vitamin A and C and is full of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory goodness! Moringa is also high in fiber, as it is a leafy green, which means that it helps to cleanse the body, keeping our hormones moving through our body rather than being stuck in circulation. This movement is thought to help bring equilibrium to hormonal imbalances.
Over the past weeks, this has become my favorite smoothie to enjoy! It has healthy fruits, plenty of fiber, some vegetables snuck in, and a decent handful of seeds for added protein and fats. It can be edited to fit your needs, whether that means adding different powders, different frozen berries, or different seeds or nuts. Enjoy! :)
1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk
½ frozen banana
5 frozen strawberries
¼ cup frozen riced cauliflower
2-3 ice cubes
1 tsp moringa powder
1 Tbsp coconut flakes
1 tsp hemp seeds
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tsp flax meal
Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into glass and enjoy