Maca Baby Blue Smoothie

As of lately, I have been putting Maca and blueberries in everything. From smoothies of course! To homemade energy bitz, to soups and raw desserts.



What makes Maca so cool is not only its health benefits, which I get to in a second. What makes maca stand out is its signature smell and aroma it gives! It lends this malty, caramel and earthy rich note that mixes so well vanilla and chocolate like a hot knife through butter.


Here are some rather interesting health benefits Maca seems to have especially in these areas of ones health:


-increasing stamina and athletic performance
-chronic fatigue syndrome
-boosts libido and sexual function
-balancing out hormones
-reducing depression and anxiety
-mental focus and alertness



Now that you know a little on the health benefits that Maca can do for you. Let’s get onto the best part of it all. How to actually implement Maca into a smoothie!


Maca Baby Blue Smoothie



-1 1/2 cup vanilla coconut milk
-1 cup frozen blueberries
-1/2 frozen banana
-2 tsp Maca (I like Whole World Botanicals and Health Force)
-1 tsp ceylon cinnamon
-1/8 tsp cardamon
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-Vega One Coconut Almond
-Small handful of coconut shreds




***Add all ingredients to a blender and blend to desired consistency***

Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Cake Smoothie

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Yo guys!


Hope everyone is having a great week and crushing it big time on their craft and big passions!


So I don’t know about you, but there is just something so euphoric about peanut butter in smoothies or desserts. While I’m a big fan of most nut and seed butters. There is something so amazing about peanut butter when it clashes with other smoothie ingredients like frozen bananas, dates and various spices. Something pretty legit happens and that’s what happened when I put together this divine smoothie elixir. Before I unveil the smoothie recipe. I want to shed light on a hot topic in regards to peanuts and toxin issue.


While some folks might have peanut allergies or are looking to avoid toxins like aflatoxin, which is associated with much of the peanuts in today’s world. Here are a few brands of peanut butter that are free of this common toxin. I personally used the Maranatha Foods here. They source and use Valencia peanuts, which are aflatoxin free.


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If you didn’t know, peanuts are one of the most commonly sprayed crops in the world. This potential carcinogen called aflatoxin, is a type of fungus that grows on the shells of the peanut. This is why it’s imperative in choosing the right brand and looking for organic when possible.


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If you are on a particular diet protocol or don’t respond well to peanuts regardless of brand. Feel free to substitute for a different nut or seed butter. It will taste fantastic regardless! With that being said, lets move onto the juicy bits and unveil the recipe


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-1 1/2 cup coconut milk
-1 frozen banana
-1 Tbsp PB2 peanut butter powder
-1 Tbsp Gelatinized Maca powder (brands I like Healthforce & Navitas Naturals)
-1 Tbsp Organic Peanut butter (brands I recommend are Maranatha Foods and Santa Cruz organic)
-1 packet or scoop of Amazing Grass Chocolate Peanut Butter Nutritional shake mix or Vega Sport Protein Chocolate
-2 medjool dates
-1 tsp ceylon cinnamon
-1/8 tsp cardamon


***Add everything into the blender and blend till desired consistency. It will be rich and creamy!**


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Cacao Cordyceps Smoothie

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So if you’ve been following my recipes and posts on social media lately. I have been transitioning each day as I start to envision of where I want Thriving Mind and Body and this business to go. One thing is for sure. I want to keep putting creative and inspiring recipes out there for YOU. As foodie and smoothie lover at heart. Who ever is reading this… I want to say thank you for taking the time to visit my website. I hope to stay connected with you through this journey. It means a lot:)


So with that being said. Let’s get on with the smoothie making. If you have been following me on Instagram (matt_oliphant_thrive) as of lately. I posted a little tease action this past Wednesday. I asked what you guys thought the secret ingredient(s) were? Some of the guesses I got were:


-Maca root
-Raw Cacao
-Lucuma
-Cold Brew coffee


And while some of these ingredients are in it. They aren’t the secret ingredients!!


The secret ingredients are… Four Sigmatic Cordyceps and the Kura Nutrition nutritional powder mix.

So now, without further ado… Here is the recipe!!


Cacao Cordyceps Smoothie


1 1/2 cup cold brew Four Sigmatic Foods mushroom coffee or Chameleon cold brew coffee
1 frozen banana
1 packet of Kura Nutrition Chocolate Smoothie packet
1 tsp ceylon cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
1 tsp vanilla powder
1 scoop creatine (I recommend Thorne EXOS Creatine here or CRE02 creatine!)

***Add everything into a blender, then blend to desired consistency! Now enjoy this amazing goodness and be prepared to THRIVE!!


If you are new to these stellar nutrition food products. Here is a little rundown and review of the Kura Nutrition Smoothie Powder mix!


Kura Nutrition Chocolate Smoothie Nutritional Shake Mix


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So what is it?


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It’s this high quality grass fed whey protein sourced from New Zealand cows naturally grazing in the fresh green grasslands. So you already know that it will be non-GMO and that the cows were treated with grace and love. On top of the being non-GMO. It’s also gluten free, rBGH free and contains no added sugar or preservatives. It boasts 14 grams of some of the highest quality bio-available protein on earth. To up the nutrient density even more. It is loaded with 26 vitamins and minerals.


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What is even cooler is that the minerals are in the chelated amino acid. This essentially means that the mineral have been bound to an amino acid, thus potentially boosting its effectiveness in the body. The jury is still out as to where it’s the best form to opt for. Some research and individuals swear by it. I will let you be the judge and experiment for yourself.


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It also boasts omega-3s and 4 billion probiotics, which is a nice little touch. So if you find yourself struggling to get enough sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi or yogurt in your diet. This nutritional shake mix can definitely benefit you in that regards! This nutritional smoothie mix would be similar in the ranks of the Garden of Life Raw Meal, Vega One and Plant Fusion Phood and Orgain Meal. Only difference being that it uses grass fed whey protein where as the other competitors use plant sources of protein.


How does it taste??


By itself, in a shaker bottle with some water or nut, seed, dairy or coconut milk. It tastes pretty solid, but it needs some help if you know what mean. It’s almost too dairy-ish and needs a little more body and texture in the flavor department. The real magic comes when you add in your favorite smoothie ingredients! This is what I recommend as well as Kura Nutrition does too.


Who is this for??


-busy individuals on the go who need a quick boost of nutrition in liquid form/span>
-pro and amateur athletes; can act as a great pre or post workout smoothie. Covers some critical areas of recovery following a workout.
-elderly who are wanting to maintain their overall health, well-being and keep their weight on
-any paleo or primal folks who are big on grass fed whey protein. This might be a nice change of pace and something new for you to try.


I hope you enjoyed that. I just wanted to say thank you to Kura Nutrition for allowing me to try your smoothie mix. Was a pleasure getting to try it and experiment with it. Definitely will be giving these a try again to create some more crazy interesting elixirs


That’s all I have for now. Stay tuned for my next recipe and product review, which will encompass a prized superfood known for it’s performance enhancing benefits especially in the oxygen uptake department. I will leave you with that!

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