I have started adding flax seed to my smoothies each morning. I use the whole seeds because my awesome blender, the VitaMix, grinds it up for me. If you do not have a strong blender, you might consider grinding the flax seeds yourself in a coffee grinder, or you can buy them already ground (creatively labeled ground flax milled flax, or flax meal ... they are all the same). I use 1-2 tablespoons in each smoothie.
So why do I add these little seeds into my smoothies? I do so because flaxseed is considered a powerhouse of nutrition. According to WebMD, some people call flaxseed one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. Flaxseed is a great source of Omega-3s. The recommended daily intake of Omega-3s is 1.1 grams, and flaxseed provides 1.8 grams per tablespoon (according to fitsugar.com). Fit Sugar also explains that the Omega 3s found in flaxseed promote bone health and help reduce inflammation in the body that leads to asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches, osteoporosis, Parkinson's disease, and several other conditions. Omega 3's are also good for brain function and mood disorders. Furthermore, flaxseed is known to reduce bad cholesterol and lower blood pressure, which ultimately leads to a healthier heart and cardiovascular wellness (fitsugar.com). Flaxseed also has 3 grams of fiber per tablespoon, which aids in digestion and prevents constipation (WebMD). It is also full of of lignans, which promote healthy digestion and have been shown to protect against cancer ... especially breast, prostate, and colon cancer (WebMD). These are just some of the benefits of flaxseed, but there is a lot of information about flaxseed all over the internet. I encourage you to do your own research to see all that these little powerful seeds can do!
Soooooo, let's get to the actual smoothie recipe of the day. I call this one my Black 'n Blue Smoothie because it is full of blackberries and blueberries. Despite the 3 cups of kale I put it in it, the berries keep the smoothie a rich, dark purple color instead of green. This may be good for those of you who are freaked out by the green smoothies or for kids who can't get past the green color of some of my other green smoothies. Like I said, I drink a smoothie every morning, and I love them. You can't help but feel good and healthy when you know all of the goodness you are putting into your body.
Black 'n Blue Smoothie
- 2-3 cups kale (stems removed ... you can use less if you are new to the whole green smoothie thing!)
- 1 and 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
- 1 and 1/2 cups frozen blackberries
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1-2 tablespoons flaxseeds
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- Put all ingredients in blender (VitaMix!).
- Blend until smooth (and the vortex is created in the middle of the blender).
- Serve and enjoy!!!