Things are getting a bit seedy around here today. Sunflower seedy that is.
It's difficult for me to think about sunflower seeds without thinking of Dan throwing back handfuls of them. The guy loves sunflower seeds, and his face glimmers with happiness whenever he grabs a fresh bag. Given their small size and the haphazard swiftness of Dan's consumption of them, he has a habit of leaving a seeded trail in his wake. After eight years together, I've found sunflower seeds in unexpected places, and if I ever misplaced my sweet husband, I'm certain I could locate his whereabouts by following his seed-sprinkled path.
With a few hearty sprinkles of sunflower seeds, this smoothie offers nut-free nuttiness and richness. Frozen bananas lay a creamy foundation, dates add a subtle caramel note, cinnamon offers a pop of warmth, and maca powder pumps up the energy.
Maca is one of my absolute favorite superfoods. It's packed with mood-balancing vitamins and lends a malt-like flavor to smoothies. One of the first smoothies I ever made with maca was this almond butter maca smoothie and it has remained my go-to breakfast for nearly a year. If you don't have maca powder on hand, you can omit it but I definitely recommend giving it a try if you have the chance.
Here's to a new smoothie and a new week. Let's get after it.
Energizing Sunflower Seed, Cinnnamon & Maca Smoothie
- 2 frozen bananas
- ¾ to 1 cup water or plant milk
- 2 tablespoons raw sunflower seeds
- 2 medjool dates, pitted
- 1 tablespoon maca powder
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth.