Did you know that the blue-green algae spirulina is 65% protein? So instead of using whey powder or soy-based protein powders for your protein shakes why not use spirulina instead? It's is easier to digest, has far greater nutritional benefits and doesn't have the negative side effects of soy.
This smoothie combines blueberries and acai berry powder for their antioxidants, parsley and green grass powder for their phytonutrients and chlorophyll, superfoods maca for it's adaptogenic and nutrient-dense properties and blue-green algae for it's protein and chlorophyll, and kefir for it's beneficial micro-organisms.
This recipe calls for milk kefir, but you could easily substitute kombucha or water kefir instead, which would also make a vegan version of this smoothie.
3 cups kefir
3 ripe bananas (fresh or frozen)
2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 handful parsley
1 tablespoon spirulina powder
1 tatblespoon maca powder
1 teaspoon green grass powder (I like Healthforce Nutritionals Vitamineral Green)
1 teaspoon acai berry powder
1 tablespoon honey (or agave syrup or stevia, or other sweetener of choice, optional)
Blend well using a high-powered blender. At tip if you're using frozen bananas and honey – blend everything except the bananas thoroughly, then add the bananas and blend them in. If you're using good quality honey it will probably be thick (no, the runny honey in the plastic bear squeeze bottle isn't healthy), and it will freeze into a solid lump as soon as it hits the cold of the bananas. It's much easier to blend in the honey if you do it before adding the bananas.
Not much protein in 1 tablespoon of spirulina for the whole drink. How many servings is this recipe?
I urge you to reconsider promoting the health benefits of Spirulina in consideration of recent discoveries regarding BMAA, a neurotoxin associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/parkinsonism–dementia complex (ALS/PDC), and liver and kidney issues. BMAA is known to be produced by 95% of all cyanobacteria.
I don’t want to be too alarmist but there are already concerns over this neurotoxin in our drinking water supply. People may not want to unintentionally add to their risk for exposure.
This is from the US EPA website (Chapter 39: Toxin mixture in cyanobacterial blooms – a critical comparison of reality with current procedures employed in human health risk assessment): “recent analyses confirmed the presence of BMAA and microcystins in these BGAS (blue-green algae supplement) products, thus clearly emphasizing the high potential for the onset of hepatic, renal and neurological disorders.