This one brings me back to feeling like a kid again. I set out with this drink for a couple reasons. I wanted to have something quick and easy that packed a power punch of nutrition as well as taste yummy. I wanted it to include superfoods and be something I liked so much that it was easy to include in my day no matter what. I did it!
It kind of all started with the realization that I need to lay off the almonds a bit. Sad but true. I seem to be having some nut issues lately and so I have wanted to start experimenting with more seed milks since I like to have some milk on hand for a smoothie, just to drink for a light snack or to use in cooking for my family. My kids don’t tend to drink the almond milk anyway unless it is masked in a strawberry shake so on I went with my experiment.
I love the combo of hemp and pumpkin seed milk! It is packed with nutrition from the hemp seeds being a complete protein, fantastic source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, iron, zinc, phosphorus and magnesium. Pumpkin seeds are high in protein, iron, zinc, phosphorus and have essential fatty acids. The milk is super easy to make and you don’t need a nut milk bag!! So, no excuses not to give this one a go! The ratio is 1 cup seeds to 5 cups water.
- 1/2 cup hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
- 5 cups water
- 2 pitted dates
- pinch sea salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla(optional)
Put all the ingredients in your Vitamix and blend until smooth. Really you could just stop there and drink. If I am making this to drink immediately, I add 2-3 ice cubes so it is cold milk not warm. If I am not in a hurry, I will sometimes strain the milk to remove the very little amount of pulp there is otherwise, I don’t bother, fiber is good. I like the flavor of the milk with the dates and pinch of salt so I do not add vanilla unless I want a vanilla flavored shake.
Onto the choco maca part! For 1 1/2 cups of milk, I add 1 TBS cacao and 1 TBS maca powder. The cacao gives me a nice little pick up and satisfies any chocolate fix I am in need of. It also takes me back to my childhood when I liked drinking that brand with the bunny on the box of cocoa powder! This is so much better!! Cacao is a good source of antioxidents much higher than red wine and blueberries commonly talked about when antioxidents are mentioned. Cacao is also a neurotransmitter booster for endorphins, seretonin, phenylethylamine and anandamide. All of these play a role in the feeling of love, pleasure and bliss so they help reduce stress, make you feel good and are brain healthy not to mention helping with depression and pms. Cacao also contains magnesium for strong bones and sulphur for good looking skin, ahir and nails as well as helping in detoxing the liver. Maca is high in amino acids. It is a root vegetable that is more often being used as a medicine because of it’s adaptogenic qualities for hormonal balance. It can be an aid for increasing libido, fertility in men and women and increasing energy and stamina. It helps support the immune system, adrenal function and helps regulate the endocrine system. It can also be used to help alleviate chronic fatigue. ! TBS a day is sufficient and in our choco maca milk that is how much is called for!
One more thing I add to my mix is bee pollen. I only add 1 tsp otherwise I find it alters the flavor of my choco bliss and I can’t have that! Bee Pollen is full of vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, bioflavonoids, phytosterols, amino acids, fatty acids and enzymes. It is often referred to as “natures perfect food”. It also helps eliminate free radicals, increase stamina, strengthens the heart, controls blood pressure levels, helps regulate body weight, and is a natural antibiotic. It can help reduce the amount of nutritional deficiencies one has and help the body to rejuvenate.
Yesterday, I was rushing around and neglected to make my choco maca milk and I was amazed that later in the day I was craving it! I still am this morning and can’t wait to make myself a nice tall glass of goodness.
For a single serving here is my recipe:
Choco Maca Milk
- 1 1/2 cup water
- scant 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1-2 TBS pumpkin seeds
- 1 pitted date
- very small pinch sea salt (optional)
- 1 1/2 cup already made hempkin milk
- 1 TBS cacao powder (you may want to start off with half this)
- 1 TBS maca powder
- 1 tsp bee pollen (optional)
Blend it all up and pour in a glass. So easy and quick! So yummy and now, you may confidently drink to your health!!