Looking for a new twist on the typical strawberry/banana blend? If you haven’t yet heard, I’ve been sharing a series of smoothies where I’ve incorporated adaptogens to the mix, for an overall boost to our health and Beauty! If you’re still not up to speed with what adaptogens are, no problem! Just click on my recent blog on adaptogens to get caught up and on board with our fun little series :).
The Strawberry Banana Ashwaganda Smoothie is my sixth smoothie and a bonus recipe to my 5-part series. It’s loaded with beautifying, vitamin-filled fruits, protein-packed bee pollen and ashwagandha powder!
Ashwagandha is herb traditionally used in Ayurveda that loosely translates to mean “the strength of ten horses,” and is known to be a powerful rejuvenating herb without actually being a stimulant. Because of this, you will experience renewed vigor and enhanced energy without having to fall prey to ordinary stimulants that will have you crashing in no time.
Ashwagandha has the ability to relieve stress and protect brain cells against the effects of our fast-paced lifestyle. It also naturally regulates cortisol levels to limit the high levels of stress that we know can have damaging effects, not only on our health and beauty, but our happiness too (you can read more about this amazing herb, here).
My teacher, Dr. Jay, has some organic ashwagandha on his website that you can source here.
My guess is, we ALL want to feel happy and be free from stress. So what are you waiting for?!
Prepare the ingredients.
Add strawberries and banana to the blender.
Add the ashwagandha powder. (Note: even though Ayurvedic herbs are generally considered non-toxic, it is prudent, as with any new food or herb, to start with a small amount to see how your body reacts and build from there).
Add the vanilla.
Add the coconut water. This step can be done prior to adding all other ingredients as well.
Starting the blender on a low speed, blend until smooth. If needed gradually increase to higher speeds and blend until smooth.
Pull out your ingredients and let’s start prepping!
Add the coconut water, strawberries, banana, ashwagandha powder, and vanilla extract to the blender. Starting the blender on a low speed, blend until smooth. If needed gradually increase to higher speeds and blend until smooth.