A few years before my migraines began, my husband ordered a book called Superfood Smoothies by Julie Morris claiming it was a good way to use the Vitamix we received from our wedding registry. The book contained lots of ingredients with weird names like lucuma, maca, and goji (this was before goji berries became the hot new thing). To convince me this was a good idea he started making us smoothies everyday before work. The first one was some sort of terrible spinach/banana concoction that tasted incredibly green. We quickly scribbled “do not make again” next to that recipe. However as we made our way through the book, we discovered many new blends that were delicious and way more inventive than your typical berry + yogurt blends and we saw some of the health benefits of incorporating superfoods daily. In fact, my mother started recommending the book to her patients at the Cancer Treatment Center to help them build immunity while going through chemo.
When I started the Heal Your Headache diet, I could no longer make many of the smoothies I loved because I had to eliminate nuts, bananas, avocado, etc. I quickly started experimenting with substitutions and now this is one of my favorites to make in the morning. Most of the ingredients like lucuma, goji berries, dried mulberries can be found on Amazon or in grocery stores like Whole Foods or Sprouts. Sunbutter can be found at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. My favorite is this one without added salt or sugar. The alcohol free vanilla can be found at Trader Joe’s.
Maca powder, considered a superfood, is a Peruvian root crop that has been known to increase fertility, improve menstrual issues, clear acne, regulate hormone balance, and remedy fatigue. It also boosts mental clarity and performance, something all migraine sufferers need. It should be taken in small quantities so I usually add 1/2 tsp of the powder to all my smoothies. You can read more about how it’s helped me in this post.
Heavily adapted from Julie Morris' Superfood Smoothies
- 1/3 cup Dried mulberries
- 2 tbsp Dried goji berries
- 1 tbsp Lucuma powder
- 1/2 tsp Maca powder
- 3 tbsp Sunflower seed butter Aka Sunbutter
- 2 tsp Vanilla Alcohol free
- 3/4 cup Hemp Milk I use Tempt Original Hemp Milk, but you could also use regular milk if dairy is not an issue for you. Update - I started making my own hemp milk and it's super easy. Visit @thedizzycook on Insta and FB for the recipe.
- 1/4-1/2 cup Water (more or less to get proper consistency)
- 2 cups ice
- 1/3 cup OPTIONAL: Fresh spinach
- 2 tbsp OPTIONAL: Shelled hemp seeds
Add all dry ingredients to the blender.
Then add hemp milk and 1/4 cup of water. Blend until smooth. If too thick, add 1/4 cup more of water or hemp milk.
Once a smooth consistency, add the ice and blend again till smooth. If you're having trouble with the ice, try blending 1/2 cup at a time.
Your smoothie should be smooth and rich! Enjoy!