BOO BOO SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE with Spirulina and Maca
I love it when food is nutrient-dense, which these days is just not normal. Here I get to share with you a smoothie that’s good for anyone, but that’s created specifically to boost a breastfeeding mother’s milk supply. Not only full of necessary nutrients, the Boo Boo Smoothie with Spirulina and Maca is also flavour-FULL. And it’s a speck of an example of what’s inside the tome of information that is ‘Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics’ by Catherine Barnhoorn.
I tell everyone about the book, Mila’s Meals. You’d think I got royalties or something. It’s loaded with a lifetime of knowledge, personal experience and thoroughly researched information shared by a caring mom. I am constantly sharing tidbits I’ve learned from it with people who are wading through the crazily contradictory advice out there seeking the ever elusive ‘health’. It is designed for parents who need guidance and healthy recipes, but the stuff you’ll find inside pertains to us all.
Before I get around to sharing the recipe, I have one last piece of advice for if you want to get the book; take it slow. Dip in and out, absorb the information, try a recipe where you don’t need to buy too many new ingredients, and then give yourself time to adjust. It’s a journey, not a quick and convenient fix. There is too much information inside to take in all at once.
Here’s to you finding your health groove and having delightful kitchen adventures.
P.S. Thank you, Catherine, for letting us share the recipe. As for the 500-page book you created; you’re crazy, and we’re grateful.
BOO BOO SMOOTHIE (from Mila’s Meals)
Makes: 2 cups
Quick excerpt from the book: ‘The moringa powder, flax seeds, and oats are lactogenic foods; the kefir (or Greek yoghurt) adds essential probiotics; the seeds add omega oils; the maca powder balances your hormones; the green powder* is full of amino acids (and is a quick way to get your greens in); the baobab powder is a concentrated source of calcium and is alkalising on your system; and the honey… well, it’s sweet and yummy!
*I used the Drasanvi Spirulina in place of green powder, also full of essential amino acids.
Preparation the day before
Put the oats, almonds and seeds (except flax and chia) in a bowl large enough to cover the contents with plenty of water, add a teaspoon of salt, and soak for 8 hours or overnight. Drain before use.
With the flax and chia seeds, make a gel. Soak 4 tablespoons of each in 1 cup of water, and keep in jars in the fridge to use as needed. Add to smoothies, stir into oats, or use as a replacement for eggs in baking.
Why on earth? Nuts, grains, seeds and legumes have naturally high levels of phytic acid which mess with your digestion and absorption of nutrients. Eek.