Stress, sugar, coffee, alcohol, soda and birth control pills are a few of the things that can deplete our mineral stores. Unfortunately, mineral deficiencies are rampant today, thanks to soil depletion and a process food-driven Standard American Diet (SAD).
A common symptom of mineral deficiency is low energy, fatigue and a general loss of vitality. Other symptoms can include high blood pressure, heart palpitations, leg cramping and yeast or fungal infections. Minerals are also key to supporting the detoxification process!
So…when you hit the wall mid-afternoon, step away from the brownie, cookie or umpteenth cup of coffee! Instead, try this delicious mineral-rich “marathon” kale-banana smoothie for a real energy boost that takes you across the finish line.
In addition to vitamins A, K, C and folate, kale contains a diversity of macrominerals (minerals that you need to consume in greater amounts) and trace minerals (minerals of which you need a small amount; hence “trace” minerals), including calcium, potassium, magnesium, and manganese, copper and iron. By consuming kale, you are also ingesting sulfur compounds that help your body detoxify. Bananas have long been touted for their potassium content; they are also a good source of trace minerals, such as manganese and copper. Spinach, of course, is famously known for containing iron. In addition to being a rich source of antioxidants, parlsey contains both macro minerals (potassium, calcium, magnesium) and trace minerals (iron, copper, zinc).
Raw caco is considered a “superfood”, loaded with antioxidants and minerals, especially magnesium, which is important for energy production and enhancing mood.
Though they look similar, raw cacao powder is not the same as cocoa powder. Raw cacao powder is the end result when raw cacao beans are cold-pressed, which removes the fat content while preserving its enzymes. Raw cacao is minimally processed. On the other hand, cocoa powder is a more processed food: it has been roasted at high temperatures, lowering its overall nutritional value. If you do buy cocoa, check the label to make sure it contains a single ingredient: 100% organic cocoa powder. Avoid cocoa powder “mixes” which can contain added sugars, dairy, artificial sweeteners and emulsifiers.
Marathon Kale-Banana Smoothie
1-1/2 cups unsweetened flax, coconut or hemp milk OR water
1 ripe organic banana
4 organic Lacinato kale leaves, discard the stalks
1/4 cup organic baby spinach
Handful of parsley
2 tablespoons raw cacao
*I recommend Navitas Organic Cacao powder
Dash of ground cinnamon
Optional: 1 teaspoon raw honey
Place all ingredients in a Nutribullet or high-powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy.