VANILLA SPICE ADAPTOGENIC SMOOTHIE
I'm sure you've heard of Adaptogens by now, as they're becoming a growing trend among health and wellness devotees. However, they have been around for thousands of years, first used in Ayurvedic practices and Chinese medicine. It's without a doubt that they provide some miraculous benefits!
I like to think of them as little harmonizers for our bodies. They work in synergy with the body, increasing resistance to the detrimental effects of stress; while also restoring and supporting regular physiological function. Basically, they help the body cope with and recover from stress through a kind of balancing act.
There are many plants that provide this adaptogenic effect. A few of them include Ashwagandha, Maca Root, Holy Basil, Licorice Root, Ginseng, Rhodiola and Reishi Mushrooms. Some of them are more potent herbs, (such as Rhodiola, Ginseng and Licorice Root) and may not be best used in conjunction with certain medications or under health certain conditions. Others like Reishi, Ashwagandha and Holy Basil offer more gentle effects and may be used on a more regular basis to reap their benefits. Adding adaptogens to smoothies, warms drinks, spice mixes, salad dressing, and even sweet treats are a great way to incorporate them!
This Vanilla Spice smoothie features ashwagandha as the adaptogenic hero. However, there are lots of other health-promoting spices also packed into this delicious smoothie! It's great for spring as it features cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, which are warming spices. Even though spring calls us to start leaning towards lighter and more cooling foods, it's generally still chilly here in the northern hemisphere, which means it's still a good idea to incorporate warming and grounding foods in our diets.
Another key player in this smoothie is baobab powder, which comes from the baobab tree. It is loaded with vitamin C, which is a crucial nutrient that provides antioxidant activity, supports our immune system and is utilized in the body's stress response.
All in all, this smoothie is a delicious way to mix up your morning routine or for a little afternoon boost. It's nice and light, deliciously sweet yet earthy and, of course, offers grounding, warming and adaptogenic properties!
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