Cacao smoothie

Dates add rich caramel-y sweetness, and cardomom adds a hint of the Middle East and India to the classic dark chocolate, nuts, and banana.

Aren’t we lucky that each day, every New Year, affords us the chance to start anew? Here’s a tasty smoothie to get you back on track. Add laughter, sunlight on your face, exercise, and a good book, too.

I use my super Vitamix blender, because it easily handles ingredients that regular blenders balk at.

I’ve fallen in love with maca powder in smoothies that have ingredients like bananas and chocolate. Web MD says, “Maca is a relative of the radish and has an odor similar to butterscotch. Its root is used to make medicine.” Maca enhances energy, memory, corrects hormone imbalance & boosts immunity.

Yes, there are many foods to enjoy for breakfast, and one would think that smoothies are a no-no when it’s cold. But New Englanders eat more ice cream than any other part of the country, and eat most of that in the months of January and February. So I’m on a smoothie kick this January!

Serves 2

2 C cold milk (almond, hemp, rice, cow, etc.) 1 tsp cardamom
1 C frozen banana 1 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp almond, cashew or peanut butter* 1 Tbsp rose water, optional
4 Medjool dates, pits removed 1 tsp borage or hemp or fish oil, optional
2 Tbsp cacao powder 1 Tbsp chia or hemp seeds, optional
2 Tbsp maca powder, optional superfood

Using a blender like a Vitamix, blend everything for about a minute. This is delish

*If you don’t want to use a nut butter, use 2 Tbsp protein powder or my fave, 2-3 coddled eggs.