The February blues are totally real, and this recent surge of storms may have you feeling cooped up and stressed out. This week’s menu will undo that anxiety by promoting sleep and reducing stress. Don’t worry, these smoothies won’t make you pass out right this minute, but we selected ingredients to help calm the nerves and focus the mind. So, curl up, relax, and revitalize with these stress reducing superfood smoothies. You are worth it.
Mint Chamomile Elixir
Mint and chamomile are the key ingredients in this stress-reducing remedy. The scent of fresh mint alone is believed to reduce stress. For centuries chamomile has been prized for it’s therapeutic benefits as an anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and of course a natural relaxant. We've harnessed the calming effects of a cup of tea in one powerful smoothie.
Blue Lavender Bliss
We all know lavender scent aids in relaxation. Eating lavender flowers has that same calming effect. Blueberries have some of the highest levels of the antioxidant anthocyanin, and have been linked to all kinds of positive health benefits, including sharper cognition.These sweet little gems are also rich in vitamin C, which has been shown to relieve stress. Avocado brings the omega-3 fatty acids, and lots of B vitamins. We need B vitamins for healthy nerves and brain cells. A healthy supply of B vitamins reduced anxiety. Sip, savor, relax.
Pineapple Kiwi Kalm
In order to feel vibrant and stress free, proper sleep is needed. You know what you need for sound sleeping? Calcium. We’ve loaded this smoothie with kale to ensure maximum calcium absorption. Zinc is also an essential mineral in relieving anxiety, which is why we utilized cashews in this smoothie creation. Matcha is rich in amino acids which lower blood pressure, enhance memory, and improve your quality of sleep. Drink this smoothie to feel energized and invigorated during the day and sleep like a baby at night.
Dark Chocolate Delight
We jumped for joy when we learned cacao was a superfood. As if we needed an excuse to eat chocolate everyday. Cacao is a natural mood booster by upping endorphins and boosting serotonin. And who isn’t less stressed when they’re happy? Walnuts are rich in heart healthy fats and also contain melatonin, which aids in sleep. Rich, creamy, and irresistibly decadent, this smoothie has got it all.
Green Pepper Pick-Me-Up
Stress can lead to an upset stomach, which is why we’ve incorporated the tried and true naturally tummy settler, ginger into this smoothie. Ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory and has the power to soothe the intestinal tract and eliminate painful gas. Green peppers also have tons of vitamin C and minerals to promote a restful sleep. This smoothie may have you thinking zest and sass, but it’ll have you feeling calmly energized and restored.