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Mid-Morning Pick-Me-Up Smoothie

Pick-Me-Up Smoothie

Coffee seems to be one of those foods that’s either vilified or celebrated in the media. Since having my daughter, I am on Team Celebrate Coffee, but it seems most important to determine what works for your personal constitution. I talk about this on my podcast with nutritionist and chef Rebecca Katz (episode 15, Nourish Yourself with Cancer-Fighting Foods). You can certainly make this smoothie without the coffee component. Between the coffee, the raw cacao, and the cinnamon, this is a smoothie that’s packed with antioxidants.

Pick-Me-Up Smoothie Recipe
Makes 1 serving
I love a great protein-packed smoothie for after a yoga practice or workout. This is not one of those — this is more of an, “I’ve been playing with my daughter for 5 hours and it’s 10am,” or, “I have to dive into this Excel spreadsheet for four hours and I need an energy boost,” type of smoothie.

I have a Nespresso machine, so it’s easy for me to take a quick shot of espresso. If you don’t have espresso at your fingertips, you can substitute with a small amount of French-press, Aeropress, or whatever type of regular coffee you brew. Just start with a little bit and add more to taste so it’s not too strong!

1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
1 banana
1 shot of espresso
1 1/2 teaspoons raw cacao or unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup of ice
optional: 1/2-1 teaspoon maple syrup

Blend everything together in a blender and enjoy.

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