Ah, l’amour. It’s eeeverywhere in February—the flower shop, the card store, the restaurant trying to rope you into a pre-fixe Valentine’s food orgy. But while romantic love is dandy, we’d argue self-love is just as important, if not more so.
This sexy, superfood smoothie serves it up in spades, nurturing your heart chakra (which is the color green, FYI) with a leafy kale base.
Fresh strawberries, known for their anti-inflammatory benefits, provide a touch of sweetness (and plenty of pink!), while antioxidant-rich sweetened cacao nibs are a nod to those ubiquitous heart-shaped chocolate boxes—with none of the dairy or added chemicals that rob chocolate of its beautifying properties.
A dash of maca promises a bit of a vitality boost in the bedroom (don’t say we didn’t warn you!), and hemp seeds—blended with filtered water to form a quick and easy homemade milk—add a whopping 11 grams of complete protein and plenty of omega 3.
Rounding out this love potion are Goji berries—another complete source of protein, loaded with potassium, vitamin A, and antioxidants—and banana, for maximum creaminess. Blend, sip, and be your own Valentine! —Jennifer Kass
Recipe: The Heart Chakra Smoothie
1 or 2 kale leaves
1 cup fresh organic strawberries
1 frozen banana
1 Tbsp maca
1 Tbsp hemp seeds (blend first with water to make homemade milk)
1 cup filtered water
Top with Goji berries and sweetened cacao nibs to taste
Blend and enjoy!