I love my supergreens! This smoothie I find is fantastic for when I really need a pick me up. When I first discovered the wonders of spirulina, wheat grass etc… my first reaction was that they tasted awful! Pure spirulina on its own is not exactly a tasty treat when mixed with just water, but with the right blend of glorious green produce, this fantastic algae can be enjoyed by anyone.
Ingredients (Serves 2)
- 1 banana
- 2 kiwis
- 1 avocado
- 1 lime (or 1½ tablespoons of lime juice)
- 1 cup of raw spinach
- 1 of tablespoon of honey
- 350ml of almond milk (water if you prefer less think)
- ½ teaspoon wheat grass powder
- ½ teaspoon barley grass powder
- ½ teaspoon spirulina powder
- ½ teaspoon chlorella powder
You can purchase supergreen powder blends which contain all of these, Bioglan do a great blend http://bioglan.co.uk/products/superfoods/green-boost-powder. This is a great if you are new to supergreens and do not wish to buy all of the powders separately.
Start by peeling and slicing the kiwis, avocado and banana, and then add these to your blender. Squeeze the juice of one lime into the mix, add the almond milk and blend until smooth. Then add the wheat grass, barley grass, spirulina, chlorella (if using) and honey. It’s best to add the powders last, as they tend to form clumps if placed in your blender first, same goes for the honey. Blend everything together for around 1 minute, serve up and enjoy.
Spirulina – Spirulina is a natural algae powder that is incredibly high in protein and a good source of antioxidants, Vitamin B12 and other nutrients. It is mainly made up of protein and our essential amino acids, and is highly recommended to vegetarians for its high natural iron content.
Wheat grass – One of the green grasses, wheat grass is a very powerful detoxifier. It cleanse the whole body of harmful heavy metals and other toxins that may be stored in the body’s tissue and organs. Wheat grass is very high in chlorophyll, also known as the ‘life blood of the plants’. Chlorophyll is full of oxygen, and so is great at restoring abnormalities and delivering more oxygen to the blood.
Barley grass – Another one of the green grasses, barley grass is the young leaves that form before the grain. These young leaves are fantastic at absorbing the nutrients from the soil, and by the time they are 2ft tall, they contain all the proteins, minerals and vitamins that are essential for our diet. Impressively barley grass contains 5 times more iron than spinach and 10 times more calcium than cows milk, just to name a few. Not forgetting chlorophyll, which barley grass is also rich in.
Chlorella – Chlorella is a blue-green algae that is fantastic for fighting the negative effects of chemotherapy and radiation. It is rich in chlorophyll (which is what gives it its rich green colour, similar to spirulina) magnesium and the B vitamins, just to name a few. Chlorella’s high levels of chlorophyll have been shown to protect against ultraviolet radiation treatments.