In a recent blog post, I wrote about the struggles of regaining my energy levels after giving birth to my son over six months ago. After failing to see the energy come back on its own, I came to terms with the fact that some major lifestyle changes were needed in order to restore my body’s natural balance of vitamins and minerals.
In addition to incorporating seafood back into my diet, I also searched for some all-natural, mood-boosting, and energy-improving extracts I could incorporate into my daily routine. Tranquil Mind, an extract from Primal Herb, was the perfect solution to my energy conundrum.
With just 1/2 teaspoon a day, Tranquil Herb adds an array of healthy amino acids, berries, and tonics to your daily regimen. I instantly noticed a burst of energy that translated into higher levels of productivity throughout the day… and finally, more restful sleep at night.
Even the kiddos have benefitted from Tranquil Mood. The extract powder is nearly tasteless and easily camouflaged into their favorite soups and smoothies. Extra health, for the win!
Aside from the extract powder (which packs a healthy punch on its own), this smoothie is filled with other nutritious goodies! Blueberries, of course, are packed with antioxidants and phytonutrients which have powerful health benefits. Considered a superfood, blueberries can help fight cancer, soothe inflammation, boost immunity, enhance digestion, and prevent hair loss… y’know, just to name a few.
Cacao powder is always readily in our household. Raw cacao is somewhat different from the common “cocoa” most of us grew up with. Normal cocoa powder and chocolate have been chemically processed and roasted, which destroys a large amount of the antioxidants and flavanols (the things that keep you young and healthy). But raw cacao in its natural form has over 40 times the antioxidants of blueberries and is the highest plant-based source of iron known to man, at a whopping 7.3mg per 100g.
Finally — flax milk. This is a new product in our kitchen but has quickly become a family fave! Unlike cow’s milk, flax milk contains no cholesterol or lactose, making it healthier for your heart. It also contains omega-3 fatty acids from cold-pressed flax oil that has been shown to help prevent cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and strokes.
This smoothie has become a family favorite in recent weeks, especially as the temperatures in Tucson continue to climb. The peppermint extract adds a cool burst to every sip, and it reminds our kiddos of chocolate mint ice cream! Instead of splurging at our local frozen yogurt joint, we can simply whip up one of these smoothies for a fraction of the price.
Berry & Cool Mint Smoothie
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 32 oz (or two 16 oz smoothies)
- 1 banana
- 1 c. frozen blueberries
- 1/4 c. raw cacao powder
- 2 tsp. peppermint extract
- 1/2 tsp. Tranquil Mind extract powder
- 2 c. non-dairy milk (I used flax milk)
- 7-8 ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients in your blender. Blend until smooth, then serve and enjoy!
Disclaimer: I was provided with free product from Primal Herb in exchange for my 100% honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and are not influenced in any way by the developing company and/or its affiliates.