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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fourth of July Superfood Smoothie

We're having yet another 'cooped-up-in-the-trailer' day as the sky has been spilling its liquid offering since last night. It's actually been raining pretty much for the entire month of June. I've long given up on complaining about the foul weather, as it wouldn't do any good anyway besides making me even more sad. As they wisely say, "you gotta make do with the hand that's been given to you." *shrugs*

Sooooo, here I am typing this as I sip on a crazy yummy smoothie. I just HAD to pass the recipe on in case you've missed it. It was tucked away in a recent newsletter from Matthew Kenney featuring lucuma powder. (If you aren't already subscribed you can do so here.)

Considered a superfood, lucuma is the fruit of a South American tree and was revered as the 'Gold of the Incas'. I read somewhere that it's actually the most popular ice cream flavor in South America. I don't know whether that's true, but it would certainly be my personal favorite; I just love lucuma's wonderful caramel-like flavor and delicate sweetness! And it certainly is fabulous in the following tasty concoction. Definitely a new fave superfood treat around here!

If you were looking to celebrate the Fourth of July in a healthy way, this smoothie's rich dark blue color makes it a perfect contribution. ;-)

Superfood Smoothie
Published in Matthew Kenney's Wellness Bulletin

1 frozen banana
1 cup frozen cherries or blueberries
1 cup almond milk
1 tbsp lucuma powder
1 tsp raw cacao powder
1 tsp mesquite powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp hemp seeds
1 tsp vanilla
Pinch sea salt

Combine all ingredients in the blender, combine well.

Serve and enjoy!

Carmella's Notes:
~ I cut down slightly on the amount of cinnamon and added 1 medjhool date for extra sweetness.

~ I found that the mixture was a little too thick due to the frozen banana and blueberries, so I added a touch of warm water.

Oh, and a quick reminder that you only have a few days left to take advantage of my Sunny Raw Birthday Book Sale. Find out more about it here!

Happy Fourth of July to all of my American friends!


  1. Oh thank you so much for the birthday discount reminder! I meant to place my order a couple of weeks ago when you first posted the offer, but then I completely forgot. I already have Deliciously Raw, so I just ordered the other three. I hope you had wonderful birthday!

  2. Lucuma is wonderful and the lucuma ice cream I had in Peru was the best ice cream that I have had ,ever.But I have noticed that the lovely aroma of lucuma is not so much present when in dried powder form.

  3. Looks like a great smoothie! I love the color!

  4. That looks sooo good! At least you're in your RV instead of the van.

    Here in Indiana we're in severe drought (we got our first rain in 6 weeks a couple days ago) and weeks of high 90's temps! It's supposed to be 103degrees far. the next 3 days! So, I'm trapped inside too :) -Aimeed

  5. The color is just stunning!!
    We have a smoothie every morning and I look forward to making this for the family.
    Peace and Raw Health,

  6. Wonderful recipe! Your blog is such a great inspiration!