Herbal Smoothie Boosters
These morning smoothie recipes use medicinal herbs to boost energy, focus and stamina all day long! You don’t have to sacrifice flavor either. These smoothies are rich, delicious and loaded with healthy ingredients. If you already have your favorite smoothie blend, simply add some of the powdered herbs I’ve used here. You can powder your herbs in a coffee grinder (preferably one dedicated to herbs) or mortal and pestle or buy them already ground.
These are some of my favorite herbal smoothie boosters:
ELEUTHERO (Eleuthero senticosus) | This root is an adaptogen which helps the body adapt to stress and strengthens the immune system. If you work long hours or feel tense and stressed trying to juggle home, family, and work demands, Eleuthero is an excellent choice for your morning smoothie. The flavor is mild and incorporates well with fruits or nuts.
LION’S MANE (Hericium erinaceus) | This medicinal mushroom is my daily brain booster. It’s considered a nootropic, meaning it supports cerebral function. In clinical studies it has been shown to be helpful for people with mild cognitive impairment. It may also help inhibit beta amyloid plaque, a biomarker associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Lion’s Mane is also considered a gourmet mushroom, which means as mushrooms go, the flavor is outstanding. If you’re hesitant about a mushroom spoiling the flavor of your smoothie, I promise this one will please your palate.
MACA (Lepidium meyenii) | This sweet, caramel-scented root is a stimulating adaptogen. It’s a great energy booster that also helps the body cope with the many demands of modern life. It also uplifts the mind and mood. Men and women can both benefit from Maca’s nourishing effect on the endocrine system and especially the adrenal glands. Women experiencing menopausal changes are reporting significant benefits with Maca.
MATCHA (Camellia sinensis) | This rich, powdered form of green tea provides a boost of balanced energy. Is is rich in L-Theanine, an amino acid that promotes calm and focus. It’s also a potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. The rich umami flavor works especially well in green smoothies. If you’ve yet to acquire a taste for green tea, but want the therapeutic benefits, try adding Matcha to your smoothies.
NETTLE LEAF (Urtica dioica) | This green leafy plant is loaded with vitamins and minerals to nourish your entire body. It’s also gently cleansing and can help relieve seasonal allergies. It’s green, almost grassy flavor makes it a good fit for green smoothies.
PEPPERMINT (Mentha × piperita) | If you’ve got fresh mint growing in your garden, trying adding a few leaves to your next green smoothie. The herb is uplifting to the body and mind and helps ease indigestion. You can also use dried powdered peppermint for the same flavor and effect.
You’ll find these herbs in the Green Energy Smoothie and Golden Sun Smoothie Bowl recipes below.
Green Energy Smoothie
1.5 cups nut, rice or coconut milk
1 serving protein powder
2-3 tbsp chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp seeds
1 handful of greens (kale, spinach, chard)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp matcha powder
1 tsp nettle leaf powder
1 small bunch (5-8 leaves) of fresh mint or 1 tsp ground dried peppermint
fresh juice of ¼ lime
Golden Sun Smoothie Bowl
1 fresh or frozen mango (approximately 1 cup)
1 cup nut, rice or coconut milk
1 serving protein powder
1 tsp maca powder
1 tsp lion’s mane powder
½ tsp eleuthero powder
Optional toppings: blueberries, raspberries, hemp seeds, chia seeds, nuts
If you give these recipes a try, let me know what you think! Leave a comment and let me know if you have any questions. And don’t forget to snap a picture and tag it with #nectarherbandtea on Instagram! I love seeing what you’re doing with herbs!