Thursday, April 30, 2015

Blueberry & Carob Smoothie

Ya'll know I love smoothies! Introducing healthy chinese tonic-herbs into them - like mucuna, ashwagandha, reishi, chaga, etc. - has meant that I need to use bolder flavors to "cover" the strong tastes. Anything naturally fatty, like cacao, coconut, or avocado is a wonderful mask for bitter herbs. A lot of the herb powders taste like tree-bark, mushrooms, or grass... unless its lucuma, which tastes like butterscotch! Their bitterness is fine if you're aiming to make a hot, coffee-like drink; but for sweet smoothies you have to work a bit of kitchen alchemy. This smoothie was a dose of chocolate and berry goodness. I used a heaping tablespoon of carob powder (an excellent alternative to chocolate), a touch of cacao, a cup of frozen blueberries, a frozen banana, almond milk, and all the above mentioned herbs. Blend on high until smooth, and then garnish with something in a contrasting colour. I used bee pollen. For daily nom-nom ideas (minus all the words), you can check out my Instagram here.

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