Jerry, who looks looks about 10 years younger than his actual age, told me that he drinks smoothies filled with superfoods and uses organic herbal tea as his base.
Immediately, I thought to myself, “Using tea in a smoothie? Yeah, that makes total sense. Why didn’t I think of that?”
While I had been making the exact same smoothies as Jerry, I was using Brazil nut milk instead of organic tea.
I have since cut back on nut milk and make it about twice per week but am now incorporating tea a majority of the time, thanks to Jerry.
Since the smoothie is a cold drink, I brew the herbal tea the night before and put it in the fridge so it will be ready for the morning.
Then, I add my superfoods. For this smoothie, I am using:
– Sprouted chia seed powder from Organic Traditions. While I had been using chia seeds for a while, Jerry turned me onto this sprouted chia seed powder at Expo East 2010 in Boston. The powder is much more absorbable than the seeds themselves.
Sprouted chia seed powder is a great source of protein and Omega-3s. Plus, it helps to give the smoothies texture.
– Protein powder from Sun Warrior. This is a brand that is growing tremendously in popularity and has an excellent taste. While I do use one other whey protein powder, Sun Warrior is raw and vegan.
– Maca powder from Sunfood. Maca, thousands of years old and from the Andes, is an exceptional source of energy, strength and vitality.
– The baobab powder from Baobab Foods is another product that I found at Expo West 2011. National Geographic Magazine claims that this African fruit has “six times as much vitamin C as oranges, twice as much calcium as milk, and plenty of B vitamins, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, and antioxidants.”
– The organic tea that I am using here is from Numi and it is a green Rooibos. I am very happy to be drinking more herbal tea because I truly believe in its healing powers.
Another organic tea that I really like and which seems to be getting a lot of buzz lately is Guayusa tea from Ecuador. Watch the video I shot with the founders of Runa Guayusa Tea and learn how it is so different than the other teas on the market.
– Organic bananas, which are not pictured.
I put all of these ingredients into my Blend-Tec blender and let it run for about 10 seconds.
So, my breakfast routine as of late looks like this.
I start off with my 4 ounces of wheatgrass, wait about 30 minutes, and then drink my superfood breakfast smoothie.
This has been a great way to begin my day and by the time I get to the office, I am feeling light and incredibly energized.