This smoothie is a nutritional goldmine.
A coworker of mine walked into work so energetic and bright-eyed on a recent Monday morning, I just had to know what had gotten into him. It turned out he had stopped by the Juice Shop on his way to work and gotten one of their 5 seed juices.
I was in total need of a pick me up that morning, so I went out and got one for myself and it did not disappoint. Not only was it delicious, but I felt a surge of energy that carried me throughout the rest of my day. I knew immediately I wanted to recreate this juice at home.
It's no secret seeds are good for us. Flax and chia seeds are common smoothie toss-ins, but let's talk about what happens when you get the benefits of five different seeds all at once. Starting with hemp seeds, it may sound like I'm channeling the 70's, but hemp seeds are one of nature's perfect super foods. They're a complete, easily digestible protein; even easier to digest than meat, eggs, cheese, and milk. They are also an excellent source of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and enzymes, while having a relative absence of sugar, starches, and saturated fats.
Next up, pumpkin seeds, which are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in very small packages. Just one ounce contains seven grams of protein, 23% of your daily iron needs, and a healthy dose of Vitamin E and B. Pumpkin seeds are also full of several minerals including magnesium and zinc, which are important for immunity, regulating muscle and nerve function, and maintaining energy levels. As if that wasn't enough, pumpkin seeds also contain L-tryptophan, which can improve mood naturally and may even be effective against depression.
Also in this smoothie are sunflower seeds, which are a dense source of vitamins, minerals, and essential oils. They contain Vitmain E and folate, which promote cardiovascular health and help neutralize free radicals to protect brain health. Sunflower seeds are also potent sources of copper, which your body uses to make melanin, a pigment protein that helps maintain skin and hair health by absorbing ultraviolet radiation from the sun, protecting you from tissue damage as a result of sun exposure.
Despite their tiny size, chia seeds are also among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They're loaded with fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various micronutrients, all while containing very few calories. Because of all the fiber in chia seeds, they can absorb up to 10-12 times their weight in water, which increases fullness and slows absorption of your food, therefore promoting weight loss.
Finally, we add flax seeds, which you can read a bit more about in this post for my favorite green smoothie. It's also good to know that flax seeds benefit your skin and hair health by providing essential fats as well as B Vitamins, which can help reduce dryness and flakiness. Although we can all use some help with this in the winter, it's especially good news for people with acne, rosacea, and eczema.
So there you have it! This smoothie is packing some serious health and vitality, and yet super simple to throw together. Give it a try any time you want to feel like you can take over the world.
Ingredients (serves 2):
- 1 banana
- 1 cup strawberries
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons flax seeds
- 1 cup ice
- Throw everything in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!