I invented this smoothie in the last week out of a craving for something cool, sweet (but not too sweet) and satisfying to nourish myself back to health after seven days of the worst bug I’d had in decades. I feel amazing after drinking it, and it’s yummy too, so I really wanted to share it right away! It’s so delicious, there’s no need to limit it to just a “medicinal” use. Now that the weather’s heated up here in my Southwest home, it’s a great daily treat even now that I’m feeling great again.
I basically put in every health-boosting powder I had available, along with a liberal dose of my favorite smoothie staples. It’s very chocolatey (natch—do I make anything that isn’t?) and yet only slightly sweet.
Along with my turmeric milk recipe mornings or evenings—plus veggie-rich foods, rest, and immune-supportive herbs—this rejuvenating drink has helped me get back to work and play rapidly.
Without further ado:
Chocolate-Cherry-Reishi Immune-Boosting Smoothie
- 1/2 cup organic unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 cup organic unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
- 1/2 tablespoon HealthForce Vitamineral Earth
- 1 scoop Madre Labs Cococeps (unsweetened cocoa powder with cordyceps powder)
- 1 scoop Amazing Grass Chocolate Greens Superfood Infusion powder
- 1/2 tablespoon Health Ranger Organic Reishi Mushroom powder
- 1/2 teaspoon HealthForceVitamineral Green
- 1/2 tablespoon Aloha Chocolate Protein Powder
- 1 handful fresh greens (spinach, kale, etc.—I used Organic Girl SuperGreens)
- .70 ounce frozen banana
- 4-5 frozen dark cherries (I use Woodstock Farms Organic Frozen Cherries)
- 4 ice cubes (or to taste)
- Please all ingredients into high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
IDEAS FOR VARIATIONS:
You can use any mushroom powder—eg shiitake, maitake, etc.
You could use a tablespoon of any unsweetened cacao powder, not just Cococeps.
You could use any favorite greenfood product. (I might try a moringa/chlorella/spirulina powder.)
You could use any chocolate protein powder.
You could use more of the HealthForce powders if desired.
You could use other berries instead of cherries—say, raspberry or blueberry.
You could use any nut milk you like.
If this is not sweet enough for you, you could add your sweetener of choice (I always prefer date sugar if I do sweeten, but there’s always coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey or even stevia if you like that.)
I’m just loving how this exact combo tastes, and the texture, too!
According to my entries of these ingredients in MyFitnessPal, each smoothie contains a very modest 144 calories and 4 grams sugar, as well as 6 grams fat, 7 grams protein, 8 grams fiber and 21 grams carbohydrate.
Enjoy and let me know if you try it! And if you modify it, and how that worked!