Being a busy mom often means taking care of everyone else, and putting yourself on the back-burner. Simple ways we can routinely take care of our mom-bods, is by making super healthy and extremely tasty kombucha smoothies. These powerhouse morning drinks contain probiotics, antioxidants, and nutrient-dense minerals to help maintain a healthy immune system and promote a happy gut! Healthy guts (gastrointestinal tract) clear out a cluttered mind, help moms maintain focus, stress less and can even kick depression to the curb. Healthy gut = Happy mind.
What is Kombucha?
If you’ve ever tasted kombucha, there’s a light fruity aftertaste with a kick of carbonation and sweetness that hits the taste buds with a bang! Tangy and delicious! Kombucha is a probiotic drink (actually tea) which originated in Asia. It is often referred to as “mushroom tea” due to the culture (SCOBY) which metabolizes and uses the sugar and caffeine to make a delicious and fermented carbonated drink. Generally, green or black tea is used, however, I make my kombucha with half green tea and half hibiscus tea. The color is a beautiful dark pink, and the hibiscus gives a very light and uplifting flavor. Kombucha also detoxifies the liver which helps filter toxins from the body, is a powerful digestion aid, and amazing for joint health. **This drink is readily available at most grocery stores.
There are a lot of kombucha smoothie recipes, however, this one is jammed full of goodies to help busy moms get vitamins, but also reap the benefits of nutrients to create a calm mind. Big bags of fresh spinach are great to buy, but in Florida produce goes bad quickly. I like to buy spinach and chop up what we don’t use in our weekly meals. Put it in a Ziploc bag and freeze. This way chunks of frozen spinach can be tossed into a smoothie, and used for a period of time without having to buy spinach every other day. Other nutrients used for this smoothie are ashwagunda powder, spirulina powder, frozen fruit, and chia seeds. All vitamins and ingredients that won’t break the bank!
Let’s get started! Grab your blender/ninja and your fruit, vitamins, and kombucha. If you desire a “Planet Smoothie” texture (thicker and more frozen) add 7-8 ice cubes. If looking for a more liquid-state smoothie, easy to drink fast, use less ice (4-5 cubes). This drink is carbonated, and a slight pressure will build up in the blending device. When removing the lid the smoothie mixture may fizz out (the more frozen (7-8 ice cubes) the less bubbling. Make sure you’re not in your fancy clothes (just in case!) or open really slowly to avoid a slight overflow.
Kombucha Powerhouse Smoothie
- Blender or Ninja Style Processor
- 1 handful Spinach (if using frozen as suggested, it's about 2 Tbsp)
- 6-8 Ice cubes
- 1.5 cup Kombucha (any flavor)
- 1 tsp Spirulina Powder
- 1 tsp Ashwugunda Powder
- 1.5 tsp Chia Seeds
- 1/4 c. Red Raspberries
- 5-6 pieces Frozen Pineapple
- Add all ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
- Careful opening that lid! The carbonation may build a little pressure and may fizz when opening!
Adding powdered vitamins is a great way to add all of the health benefits without having to swallow horse size pills. Ashwugunda powder is a light brown, almost cream egg shell color substance. It is a master of lowering cortisol, and creating a calm mind for busy moms (my absolute favorite!) Spirulina powder is dark green in color, and contains high amounts of vitamin B12, Iron, and boosts energy levels. Spirulina powder has been around since Aztec civilizations, and was also used as dietary supplements for astronauts during space missions. Sneaking this powder into picky kids smoothies is also a good little tip! Finally, raspberries were used in a study at Oregon State and contain a flavanol called “Quercin” which is effective in fighting colon, skin, and mammary cancer cells (check out the study in the link).
Mix it Up!
Try adding different fruits or flavors to smoothies. Pineapple & banana (excellent for fiber/inflammation/potassium), Black cherry (vitamin A, D, & C), Berry mix (antioxidants like crazy!) Try out other flavors, or even substituting spinach for kale. Kale, cucumber, and mint (excellent for digestion and reducing a swollen gut). Adding kombucha to a smoothie in place of milk, coconut milk, or almond milk helps boost the immune system and is a nice flavorful treat. Additionally, the carbonation rejuvenates the taste buds and is a great way to spice up a boring smoothie regiment.
Live Your Best Life
As moms on the go, constantly…we sometimes feel sluggish with a super tired brain by the end of the day. We’re pulled in 800 different directions throughout the day, so starting off with a massive explosion of deliciousness is uplifting! Add in the benefit of a vitamin regiment aligned to spark a calm mind, lower cortisol, and help with inflammation as well as boosting energy levels…it’s a no-brainer! If you like this recipe, drop a comment below and let us know if you have tried a kombucha smoothie before!