Can our smoothies really help relieve stress? Yes!
There is a reason why all of the pumpkin spice blends are so popular in the fall. Spices like cinnamon and nutmeg are warming and help stimulate digestion in the fall and winter. This smoothie recipe provides a comforting warmth from these spices and can offer some support for stress relief with the addition of powerhouse adaptogenic herbs.
Adaptogens are herbs and foods that have a positive effect on many of the systems in our body. They help serve to balance hormones. Adaptogens also help us cope with stress and anxiety and combat fatigue.
One of my favorite adaptogens is ashwagandha, which I use in this recipe. Ashwagandha is an earthy flavor that blends really well into smoothies. When I use it, I definitely feel more calm throughout the day. Another great adaptogen is maca, which also offers a malt flavor for smoothies in the fall—or any time of year.
Ingredients for Building a Spicy Smoothie for Stress Relief
- 2 tsp ground flaxseed. Flaxseed is an excellent source of protein, fiber, and omega-3 fatty acids.
- 1 tsp Ashwagandha. This adaptogen helps our nervous systems handle the stressful world.
- 1 tsp Maca. Maca is an ancient South American superfood that is useful for balancing hormonal health and increase energy and stamina.
- 1 tsp Functional mushroom blend. Mushrooms help improve cognitive function, boost energy levels, and strengthens our stamina.
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon. This popular spice is both warming and grounding. It proves a bit of sweetness for flavor. Research shows this even helps regulate blood sugar and reduce insulin resistance. I love how cinnamon contributes to the feel of the holidays and is uplifting any time of year.
- Pinch of Nutmeg. You only need a pinch, because this warming spice can be a little intense. Grounding nutmeg also helps stimulate digestion.
- 2 organic medjool dates. Dates are high in fiber, disease-fighting antioxidants, low glycemic index. (Remember to remove the seeds!) These make a satisfying smoothie sweetener.
- 1 cup of plant-based milk (I used Macadamia). Macadamia nut milk is low in carbs and high in healthy fats.
- Almond butter. I love almond butter in smoothies because it is a great source of protein and healthy fats.
- Handful of ice (if desired). You can also use frozen fruit. Frozen bananas make a great base as well.
- Vanilla. I put a splash of vanilla in my smoothies to add a little more flavor.
- Protein powder if desired.
Blend well! And enjoy!
Experiment with spices in your smoothies in every season and sip on wellness.
Kimmy is an integrative health coach, actress, voice over artist, and world traveling yoga instructor. Her various interests have led her to many opportunities in connecting with clients all over the country. She specializes in mind-body wellness for even the busiest of travelers. Based in Portland, Oregon, Kimmy continues to teach both online and in the studio with “Yoga On Yamhill.” For more information, or to work directly with Kimmy, please visit her online: