Banana Blackstrap Blood Building Smoothie

If you’re suffering from iron-deficiency anemia, this is just the recipe for you. It may not look the prettiest, but it is sweet & tasty.

Iron absorption is about more than just the iron. Nutrients like vitamin C, copper, manganese, vitamin a, and folate are essential for healthy ferritin and iron levels, and healthy red blood cell counts. Without the proper nutritional balance, you may find that your iron supplements alone just don’t cut it. This is why when trying to correct a nutritional deficiency, utilizing complimentary whole foods in addition to any supplements is instrumental.

This recipe contains some of the best blood-boosting ingredients in an easy to drink smoothie, supplying plant-based iron plus all of the essential nutrients mentioned above for proper assimilation.




  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon black strap molasses
  • ¼ tsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • Handful of spinach or kale
  • 2-4 drops pure vanilla extract

Blend, and enjoy once daily!


Megan Normansell, CHC, AADP, CFH

Certified Holistic Practitioner/Holistic Nutrition/Herbalist/Wild Edibles Guide

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Powerful Pregnancy & Post-workout Smoothie

Super-delicious Superfood Post-workout Smoothie

<Banana Hemp Protein Smoothie

This superfood vegan smoothie has 12 grams of raw protein per serving, balanced with 9 grams of fiber. Combine that with 20% your daily value of potassium and 55% DV of magnesium and it becomes an ideal recovery smoothie after a hot summer day or workout at the gym.

This smoothie is also ideal for expecting mothers. Bananas & hemp supply an abundance of minerals that are necessary for your baby’s bones, teeth, connective tissue and cartilage to form. The high magnesium content in particular makes this an excellent way to prevent preeclampsia and muscle cramping. This ideal ratio of clean protein to fiber will not only help with tissue growth of your baby, but will keep your digestive system regular and help prevent hemorrhoids. And what mama doesn’t want that?

Makes 1 serving

2 tbsp raw hemp seeds
½ cup almond milk
2 ripe bananas
1 tbsp hemp protein powder
¼ tsp vanilla extract
2-3 ice cubes

In a blender, combine the seeds, milk, and one of the bananas. Mix on high until the seeds are well-integrated. Add the protein powder, vanilla, ice cubes, and remaining banana and mix well. Serve cold.