This Sweet Superfood Green Machine smoothie is a staple recipe in our house. I chose this blend in response to the thousands of emails I receive from people asking how best to incorporate green powders into smoothies without gagging. Wheatgrass powder is relatively mild in flavor, so 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon goes into most blends with sweet fruits unnoticed. Chlorella and spirulina are a lot more assertive, and with that pungent aquarium aroma, it's best to start with 1/8 teaspoon and add to taste. Another way to mellow the murk is to add fresh mint, lemon, lime, apple, pineapple, mango, banana, and coconut meat.
But, don't miss out of getting algae into your diet. Chlorella contains more chlorophyll than any leafy green, and spirulina (a blue-green algae) contains a lot, too. Both algaes contain phycocyanin, a pigment that protects cells from oxidative damage. Both chlorella and spirulina oxygenate, alkalize, and purify the blood, cleanse the liver and skin, clear toxins from the bowels, and aid tissue growth and repair. Their chelators flush heavy metals and other environmental toxins, and offset the effects of radiation and chemotherapy. These awesome algae also act as prebiotics, feeding friendly bacteria for digestive health. Containing vitamins A, B, and K, iron, and about forty other minerals, chlorella and spirulina combat excessive inflammation and boost immunity.
Purchase chlorella and spirulina at health food stores or online. “Cracked wall” powders are the most digestible. I use both chlorella and spirulina for diversity. You can also find mixed green powders that contain both in the mix.
In this smoothie, I've used a variety of chlorophyll-rich ingredients, and boosted the green powders with fresh green juice and liquid chlorophyll. I keep coconut meat, bananas, and spinach juice ice cubes in the freezer, so I can make this blend in a flash. The Navitas Naturals chia seeds and hemp seeds add more protein and omega-3's for a real superfood boost. I prefer to sweeten this shake with stevia drops to keep the sugar content low. But, you can easily use a couple of chopped pitted dates if you prefer.
Either way, this blend is loaded with alkaline forming chlorophyll, and is a great way to get those murky green powders into your diet.
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*Probiotic Powder - I add 1/2 teaspoon of probiotic powder to all smoothies to replenish stores of healthy bacteria for immunity, digestion, detox, and to balance the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and other sweeteners. The really potent probiotics require refrigeration. If you have capsules, break the shell and release the powder. Unsweetened probiotic-rich liquids like kefirs (water, coconut water, milk varieties) or kombucha make wonderful health-promoting additions to shakes, too.
*Celtic Sea Salt - I add a pinch (or more) of this alkalizing, mineral-rich salt to all smoothies to boost the natural flavor of fruits and veggies; temper the acidity of sweet fruits and sweeteners; stimulate the lymphatic system; replenish electrolytes; aid digestion; and help the body access energy. I do not recommend adding common table salt which is generally heated to extreme temperatures, iodized, bleached, processed, and refined. This salt does not have the same benefits. If you have a health condition that requires you to limit your sodium intake consult your doctor before adding salt to your smoothies.