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This smoothy was inspired by my eldest sister, mostly because she is in love with chai lattes, but also because she is a busy mom of three who doesn't have much time for extras.  This smoothy is quick and easy, healthy and delicious - a little 'me' time in the morning to boost the body and soul.  I usually rotate between this smoothie, and my espresso cinnamon banana smoothie.  Chai spices have long been known for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and digestive properties. I also added some raw maca powder, a natural root that is said to balance hormones, decrease anxiety, and boost energy levels and libido.  Maca can be found at most health food stores, and though it can easily be omitted, it never hurts do what you can for your body.   Almond butter adds a little protein kick and richness, and frozen banana with coconut milk makes it creamy and rich.  Finally, flax seed adds omega's and fibre. The chai spice combination is a basic blend, and is based on my tastes.  As with most of the recipes I post, feel free to add or subtract as you wish.  Don't feel you are limited to using it in this smoothie - it is wonderful in so many recipes, such as oatmeal or other breakfast grains. Chai Spice Blend Ingredients * 2 tsp ground cardamom * 2 tsp ground cinnamon * 1 tsp ground cloves * 1 tsp ground nutmeg * 1 tsp ground ginger * 1 tsp ground black pepper * 1 tsp ground allspice  Instructions Combine all spices together.  Store in an airtight container. Chai Spice + Almond + Coconut Breakfast Smoothy  Ingredients * 1/4 cup almond milk, or any other nut milk * 1/4 cup coconut milk * 1 frozen banana * 1 heaping spoonful almond butter * 1-2 tsp chai spice * 1/2 tsp maca powder * 1 tbsp flax seed  * a squirt of maple syrup or agave nectar  Instructions Combine all ingredients in a blender.  Blend until smooth. Journal RSS Featured Aug 27, 2014 My Life Jenalle Los 1 Comment Aug 27, 2014 My Life Jenalle Los 1 Comment the latest and greatest! Aug 27, 2014 My Life Jenalle Los 1 Comment Aug 27, 2014 My Life Jenalle Los 1 Comment Aug 27, 2014 My Life Jenalle Los 1 Comment Aug 27, 2014 My Life Jenalle Los 1 Comment Aug 19, 2014 Gluten Free, Vegan, Soup, Vegetarian, Dinner, Beans and Legumes Jenalle Los Comment Aug 19, 2014 Gluten Free, Vegan, Soup, Vegetarian, Dinner, Beans and Legumes Jenalle Los Comment smoky white bean soup with roasted garlic and rosemary Aug 19, 2014 Gluten Free, Vegan, Soup, Vegetarian, Dinner, Beans and Legumes Jenalle Los Comment Aug 19, 2014 Gluten Free, Vegan, Soup, Vegetarian, Dinner, Beans and Legumes Jenalle Los Comment Aug 19, 2014 Gluten Free, Vegan, Soup, Vegetarian, Dinner, Beans and Legumes Jenalle Los Comment Aug 19, 2014 Gluten Free, Vegan, Soup, Vegetarian, Dinner, Beans and Legumes Jenalle Los Comment Aug 12, 2014 Dips & Spreads, Vegetarian, Vegan Jenalle Los Comment Aug 12, 2014 Dips & Spreads, Vegetarian, Vegan Jenalle Los Comment green cabbage sauerkraut Aug 12, 2014 Dips & Spreads, Vegetarian, Vegan Jenalle Los Comment Aug 12, 2014 Dips & Spreads, Vegetarian, Vegan Jenalle Los Comment Aug 12, 2014 Dips & Spreads, Vegetarian, Vegan Jenalle Los Comment Aug 12, 2014 Dips & Spreads, Vegetarian, Vegan Jenalle Los Comment Aug 5, 2014 Lunch, Soup, Vegan Jenalle Los Comment Aug 5, 2014 Lunch, Soup, Vegan Jenalle Los Comment cold dipped soba bowl with lemongrass + coconut broth Aug 5, 2014 Lunch, Soup, Vegan Jenalle Los Comment Aug 5, 2014 Lunch, Soup , Vegan Jenalle Los Comment Aug 5, 2014 Lunch, Soup, Vegan Jenalle Los Comment Aug 5, 2014 Lunch, Soup, Vegan Jenalle Los Comment Aug 4, 2014 Drinks Jenalle Los Comment Aug 4, 2014 Drinks Jenalle Los Comment cocktails with Graham: the paper plane Aug 4, 2014 Drinks Jenalle Los Comment Aug 4, 2014 Drinks Jenalle Los Comment Aug 4, 2014 Drinks Jenalle Los Comment Aug 4, 2014 Drinks Jenalle Los Comment Jul 14, 2014 Jenalle Los Comment Jul 14, 2014 Jenalle Los Comment fresh pea soup with yogurt and mint Jul 14, 2014 Jenalle Los Comment Jul 14, 2014 Jenalle Los Comment Jul 14, 2014 Jenalle Los Comment Jul 14, 2014 Jenalle Los Comment Jun 27, 2014 Jenalle Los 1 Comment Jun 27, 2014 Jenalle Los 1 Comment smashed potatoes with romesco Jun 27, 2014 Jenalle Los 1 Comment Jun 27, 2014 Jenalle Los 1 Comment Jun 27, 2014 Jenalle Los 1 Comment Jun 27, 2014 Jenalle Los 1 Comment May 8, 2014 My Life Jenalle Los 4 Comments May 8, 2014 My Life Jenalle Los 4 Comments what we've REALLY been up to... May 8, 2014 My Life Jenalle Los 4 Comments May 8, 2014 My Life Jenalle Los 4 Comments May 8, 2014 My Life Jenalle Los 4 Comments May 8, 2014 My Life Jenalle Los 4 Comments May 8, 2014 Lunch, Vegetarian Jenalle Los Comment May 8, 2014 Lunch, Vegetarian Jenalle Los Comment lunch: roasted beet sandwich May 8, 2014 Lunch, Vegetarian Jenalle Los Comment May 8, 2014 Lunch, Vegetarian Jenalle Los Comment May 8, 2014 Lunch, Vegetarian Jenalle Los Comment May 8, 2014 Lunch, Vegetarian Jenalle Los Comment

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