Super Green Kale, Spirulina & Blueberry Smoothie

By February 15, 2017Recipes
Spirulina, Kale Green smoothie for better digestion

Smoothie alchemy! This is the greenest of green smoothies. An absolute treasure trove of nutrients to keep your digestion firing, your energy abundant and mood balanced throughout your day.

Tuscan Kale

Kale is famous for its health benefits. Its come a long way since its widespread use as cattle feed! We all know kale is nutrient dense, but what does this density of nutrients have to offer?

Kale is an excellent source of sulforophane. This compound actually stresses our bodies to the point where we produce more of our own antioxidants, such as glutathione. Having strong antioxidant defences within us spares the health of our cells from oxidative damage (ageing). Additionally, it spares the functional impairments that come with structural damage.

Sulforophane was even found to protect the lining of the GI tract against oxidative damage induced by exposure to asprin and H.Pylori. H.Pylori is a bacteria responsible for stomach ulcers.

The health of our GI tract is paramount. Without proper processing and absorption of nutrients, the rest of our bodily suffers.

Spirulina

The deep, rich green colour of this smoothie is thanks to Spirulina. Coined as a superfood, Spirulina offers its goodness as diverse nutritional benefits.

This wonderful algae is rich in chlorophyll. You know that compound plants use to convert sunlight into energy. Well, it also works wonders for our energy. Chlorphyll is a blood builder. Phycocyanin, a blue pigment in Spirulina actually induces stem cell production.

A stem cell is like a blank canvas. Its used to make most cells, specifically red blood cells from Spirulina. Red blood cells enable us to transport more oxygen around our bodies, so we can produce more vital energy!

Spirulina at 3g/day was shown to increase exercise output, and reduce a general sense of physical and mental fatigue in men. 

Blueberries

Blueberries are natures candy, only without the downsides. As well as supplying some of the most powerful antioxidant action, blueberries elicit a healthy blood sugar response.

The abundance of phytonutrients and fibre within blueberries allows us to get a sweet fix in without spiking blood sugar. Today, our markets overflow with foods that spike blood sugar, which at best can leave you feeling tired, frustrated and hungry for more.

Blueberries are a great addition to any smoothie for their delicious taste and potent antioxidant power.

Honey

Another one of natures candies – honey. Honey is a universal medicine, teeming with healing enzymes. It also exerts antibiotic, antiviral and antifungal action.

This is particularly useful for bacterial imbalances within the microbiomes of our bodies. Honey could provide some respite from symptoms of IBS, which is in part underpinned by a dysbiotic gut microbiome. Dysbiosis – when the gut is overrun with bad bacteria and depleted of beneficial bacterial strains.

In many cases, pathogenic bacteria can be quite resistant to treatment and can hang around. Their resilience is party attributed to the way they group, as a biofilm. A Biofilm is an extracellular matrix which protects them form antimicrobial action. Honey (Manuka) is actually able to prevent the formation of biofilms, and reduce several strains of bad bacteria, providing some relief from stubborn infections.

Kale, Spirulina, Blueberry smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 Handful Tuscan Kale
  • 1/2 – 1 Tbsp Spirulina
  • Make it rain with Chia seeds
  • 1 Handful Blueberries
  • Coconut Milk
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Tsp Honey

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