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Super smoothies are my favourite way to start the day.
OK, that’s a lie.
Super smoothies would be my favourite way to start the day if I was the healthy version of myself that I aspire to be. Café brunches with pieces of sourdough the size of my head and soy lattes that come in a bucket are my favourite way to start the day. But it wouldn’t be a stretch to say that super smoothies are my second favourite way to start the day. Oh dear, I’ve lost you haven’t I?

There are so many amazing super foods available now — and a creamy morning smoothie is a delicious way to pour a load of them straight into your belly. My smoothies are mammoth. They usually have three cups of liquid where most smoothies have two but I don’t like them too thick and at this size they easily keep me full until lunch.

They are also dairy free, gluten free and detox friendly.

I try to add a serving of green superfood powder to every smoothie. My favourites are Vital Greens, Synergy Natural Wheat Grass, and Amazing Grass Green Superfood’s cacao infusion. A serving of these powders is usually only one or two teaspoons and the flavour is easily hidden amongst the rest of the smoothie ingredients. It’s the best way to give your breakie an extra shot of vitamins and minerals. I also always add my favourite vegan protein powder. It’s great to start your day off with a protein hit and it helps with muscular recovery after a morning workout. My favourite is Vital Protein’s pea protein isolate in vanilla. There are other great protein powders out there derived from hemp or rice but try a small portion before you buy a 1-kilo tub because some of them can have quite a chalky texture.

Other ingredients that make regular cameos in my morning smoothies.

Chia seeds — they are high in antioxidants, packed full of protein, dietary fibre and Omega 3. They contain five times more calcium than milk, seven times more vitamin C than oranges, three times more iron than spinach and twice the potassium content of a banana.
Psyllium husk — contains a spongy fibre that reduces appetite, helps with digestion and cleanses the system.
LSA — high in essential vitamins and minerals and helps to cleanse and detox the liver.
Maca — increases energy, endurance and stamina. It has a beneficial action on the circulatory system plus a million other benefits. I love this Peruvian root. Click here to read more about its health benefits.
Cacao — rich in antioxidants, a great source of magnesium and as I said in last week’s post, this stuff makes you happy folks!
Mesquite — an excellent source of fibre it also helps to balance blood sugar levels.

Here’s what I slurped on this morning

Nutty protein punch smoothie

1 cup water
2 cups almond milk
3 tbsp golden pea protein
1 tbsp pure organic peanut butter, no added salt or sugar
1 tbsp maca
1 tsp Synergy Wheat Grass powder
1 banana
4 dates

Some of my favourite concoctions

Macanana smoothie

3 cups water
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp psyllium husk
1 tbsp LSA
3 tbsp golden pea protein
1 tbsp maca
2 lady finger bananas
1 tsp of vita-green defence
1 tbsp hemp oil

Blueberry mesquite smoothie

1 cup almond milk
2 cups water
3 tbsp golden pea protein
1 tbsp chia
1 tbsp LSA
1 tbsp maca
1 tbsp mesquite
1 tsp Synergy Wheat Grass
1 ½ cups blueberries

Cacao power smoothie

3 cups water
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp psyllium husk
1 tbsp LSA
3 tbsp golden pea protein
1 scoop Cacao Superfood powder
1 banana
1 tbsp maca
1 tbsp flax seed oil

Vitally green smoothie

3 cups water
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp psyllium husk
1 tbsp LSA
3 tbsp golden pea protein
2 tsp Vital Greens
1 tbsp cacao
1 tbsp maca
1 banana
2 dates

What’s your favourite super smoothie? 

There is a new Pana Chocolate flavour! My brain cells responded to this news in the same way the British public responded to Kate and Will’s engagement.

Pana Chocolate (previously known as Conscious Chocolate) is my favourite vegan chocolate. Not only is it vegan, it’s also raw, organic, and handmade right here in Melbourne.

Eating this chocolate can cause an out-of-body experience. Eating this chocolate can cause you to accidentally make sexy, private noises in public places. Eating this chocolate can cause you to hear angels trumpeting in the heavens above. I swear.

I met Pana Barbounis, the Chocolatier behind these little squares of joy at World Animal Day last year. I gushed at him like some strange raw dessert groupie. But I reckon he deserves strange raw dessert groupies (I feel a twitter hashtag coming on) because he has made almost everyone’s sinful little indulgence of choice healthier, cruelty-free and more environmentally friendly.

Everything about this product appears to be carefully thought out. The packaging is printed locally in Melbourne on 100% recycled cardboard. They use soy-based inks. Even the foil wrapper is a special recycled variety.

Most importantly it’s the kind of chocolate you can eat guilt-free (well, almost).  It’s raw so it isn’t acidic like regular chocolate and it is sweetened with agave nectar, a low GI natural sweetener. The super food status of cacao is preserved by not cooking it away or diluting it with fats and sugars so it is packed full of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  And here’s the best news kids: raw cacao makes you happy. No lie. Raw cacao increases the levels of endorphins released into the brain — these little friends work to lessen pain and decrease stress. It also raises your serotonin, an anti-depressant neurotransmitter.  Not to mention Theobramine, a chemical found in cacao that can lead to mental and physical relaxation. So if someone has a case of the grumps, chuck a bar of Pana Chocolate at them. If you get it in their mouth it might just turn their frown upside down. If you get them in the head, well at least your frown will be turned upside down… just be prepared to run.

Every single flavour is delicious. And every time I think I have settled on my favourite I rediscover a flavour and change my mind again. The cinnamon will be no different. To me it tastes like Christmas.

Where it at? I buy mine from South Melbourne Market Organics and the IGA in Brunswick, on Stewart Street.
What’s the damage? They are $7 a block or you can order them off the website at a lower price. Here’s the link.

*any vegan product reviews found on this blog are my own opinion and have not been paid for or encouraged by the company. I simply get excited when I find awesome vegan products and want to share them with you lot.

What’s your favourite Pana Chocolate flavour?