This smoothie is so deeply dark green in colour it appears black, so I’m calling it black.
When do you like to have your smoothie? Or do you even? They can be so chock-full of nutrients it’s a great way to start the morning to get you hydrated and nourished. Or perhaps before or after a workout or even an on-the-go pick me up? Really, any time of day or year is a good time to have a smoothie! There’s a smoothie recipe for every taste bud craving, want or need. And why not? They’re quick, easy, healthy and are an excellent source of the macronutrient-WATER. Yes, water. Of course water on it’s own is an excellent source of water but I’ve heard the complaint so many times that “water doesn’t taste good!” Adding a smoothie to the daily menu is then the first compromise to pure water which isn’t really a compromise. Depending on the ingredients in the smoothie…
I’ll use 2 ingredients from this recipe as an example, one of the ingredients is spinach which has about 90% water content. The blueberries contain about 84 % water. The blender chops it up finely, releasing it as it is chopped thereby performing some of the mastication for us. All we need to do then is drink it down and absorb the water as well as the other nutrients that are contained within. When we eat vegetables or fruits which are high in water content it is a slower release into the body which can help us feel satiated and hydrated. Pure nourishment. And I’ll add that it tastes good!
Our bodies are comprised of about 60% water and so it is no coincidence that we need that the most. Not protein, not carbohydrates, not fats – WATER. Please don’t misunderstand me here, we do need the other macronutrients and I am not discounting them or telling you to exclude any of them- they are all essential to proper bodily functions but water is the foundation upon which all the other macros rely. Water helps to transport nutrients in the body-especially those water soluable vitamins!, it is a lubricant to allow you to swallow and keep the skin supple as well as regulating body temperature and helping to reduce bloating. Vitally important!
I have a few no-so-common ingredients included in this recipe which I’ll talk about below along with links where to buy on Amazon, or you may be able to find them at your local health food store.
- Spirulina – is a sea vegetable which you can get in powder or tablet form. (I use the powder form always.) It is extremely high in vitamin B-12 which vegetarians or vegans can be deficient in as the other sources for B-12 are eggs and fish, meat and milk. It is also a plantbased iron source. It also contains 4g of protein per 2 teaspoons!
- Barley Grass Juice Powder – Made from barley grass, then juiced and dried. A high source of vitamin A, K and B-2 (riboflavin).
- Dulse flakes – Another sea vegetable. High in iodine. The body needs iodine for proper thyroid function. Also a good source of vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine).
The next time you need a pick-me-up reach for a smoothie!
- Place all ingredients into a high powered blender and blend until smooth. Add a little more liquid for desired consistency if you wish.
- Enjoy life in the pink!