Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pumpkin + Maca = Healthy Halloween Superfood Smoothie

Not sure what to do with all that left-over pumpkin pulp after carving your jack-o-lanterns? If you're feeling adventurous and ready to tap into the abundant flavors of fall, here's the superfood smoothie for you! 

As we transition into Autumn here in San Diego, one of the best natural supplements to add into your diet in autumn is MACA. It's a root vegetable that has been grown in high-altitude Andes mountain ranges in Peru for the last 3000 years. Maca has a long list of health benefits and is used medicinally to treat lots of ailments like: osteoporosis, hormone imbalance, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome. On a daily basis, especially during the colder months, Maca can be used to increase energy, enhance memory, strengthen your immune system and slightly raise the overall temperature of your body, creating a warming effect. 

Have you heard of Juice Wave yet? It's San Diego's first (and still only!) green juice food truck. My yoga student Chef Arleigh Rose created this concept in the fall of 2013 and within six months, the truck was in existence and serving up healthy juices and smoothies all over town. Lucky for us, Juice Wave has agreed to share one of their top-secret recipes exclusively with the Zen Girl community!

Highlighting fall flavors and the healing power of Maca, here's Juice Wave's 
signature seasonal smoothie, The Smashing Pumpkin:

The Smashing Pumpkin
Pumpkin pulp / Orange / Carrot / Apple / Maca powder/ Almond milk 

Use approximately one cup of pumpkin pulp, one cup of almond milk, and one tablespoon of maca to make one large personal smoothie serving. Start by juicing or blending 2 medium sized raw carrots, one delicious red apple, and the juice from one ripe orange. Blend with pumpkin pulp, almond milk and maca powder and enjoy this healthy Halloween-inspired superfood smoothie!

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