I remember when food was what we ate for nourishment, chosen for its color, freshness, and taste. These days, our food choices seem more driven by macronutrient content. Ah, macronutrients: protein, fat, and carbohydrate. You have so little to do with wholeness and enjoyment, and so much to do with reductionism and stress.
When did we forget about eating whole foods and start breaking down every morsel into isolated components? I believe the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, which is why it turned out to be detrimental to our health when we isolated and concentrated macronutrients from actual real food.
Flour and sugar? Isolated carbohydrate. Oil? Isolated fat. Not exactly what we consider health foods. Following this same logic, why should we consider protein powder a health food? Isn’t this just another isolated macronutrient? Not just that, protein powder is often mixed with sweeteners and other additives that aren’t doing us any favors. And oh, by the way, it is super expensive.
Now, I love me a good smoothie, but I began to question why I was avoiding flour and oil at all costs, yet purchasing protein powders with reckless abandon in the name of health. There had to be a better, more simple way. That’s why I created my Super Seed Smoothie Mix. It’s easy, less expensive, and tastes good. I’ll share the formula with you, but it is so simple, it barely qualifies as a ‘recipe’…one more reason that I like it!
Super Seed Smoothie Mix (Makes 3 Cups)
1 cup ground flaxseed
1 cup chia seeds
1 cup hemp hearts
Mix all ingredients and store the mixture in an airtight container in the freezer. I add 1-2 Tbsp. to my morning smoothie each day. I rarely use protein powders or non-dairy milk in my smoothies these days. I just use water, frozen fruit (usually including banana for sweetness and texture), and a scoop of my Super Seed Smoothie Mix. The flaxseed provides fiber, the chia seed helps thicken the smoothie, and the hemp hearts provide some satisfying fats. I hope you and your wallet enjoy this simple tip.