I'm naming today's breakfast my 'Brains and Beauty Superfood Smoothie' as it is packed full of polyphenols, the anti-antioxidants that help minimize free radical damage to your cells.
These free radicals are one of the major causes of skin aging, and cause systemic inflammation, which as we know can effect everything from gut health, hormone balance and cognitive function. Polyphenols are also a great source of BDNF - Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor, a protein that helps you grow new brain cells.
Polyphenols are mostly found in dark red, purple and brown foods, and blueberries and cacao have some of the highest amounts. Pair this smoothie with a cup of organic, low acid coffee for even more anti-oxidant action!
Brains and Beauty Superfood Smoothie
* 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
*1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
*1 cup spinach (fresh or frozen)
*1 cup cauliflower rice (frozen)
*1 tablespoon cacao powder (I love @terrasoul)
*1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
*1 tablespoon coconut cream
*1/4 tablespoon cinnamon
*1.5 cups coconut milk
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Top with cacao nibs for some extra crunch!