Powerhouse Green Protein smoothie
- Lebanese cucumber
- ginger root, fresh
- 1/4 lemon
- scoop of Pea protein (I love to use Strawberry flavoured pea protein, but vanilla or unflavoured would be fine)
- green algae mix (maybe a combination of chlorella, spirulina, wheat grass, barley grass, or just any of these will be hugely beneficial)
- some herbs and spices. I like to add slippery elm powder, licorice, dandelion, and cinnamon.
BenefitsNutritional powerhouse with lots of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and protein, to set you up for the day. It will keep you feeling full for hours. I add the lemon mainly because it is a natural preservative and I make my smoothies the night before, but it is also alkalizing and great source of Vitamin C. Algae are nutritional powerhouses full of vitamins and minerals, including Iron, vitamin A, Bs, C and K, essential amino acids and antioxidants. They help boost the immune system, aid digestion, increase energy, oxygenate the blood, and can be considered complete foods, though I find the taste much more pleasing in a smoothie, than on its own. A blend of chlorella, spirulina, wheatgrass and barley grass (both are gluten-free) is a great way of getting benefits from all of them. I like to add herbs and spices to everything I make. You should check with your doctor before adding any into your diet as some, like licorice and nutmeg, can cause problems with continued use and if you already have problems with blood pressures or you are pregnant. Just like reading labels and being aware of what is in packaged food, be sure to know what you are consuming. Some of my old faithfuls and some benefits they may have:
Slippery elm - good for digestion and is calming to your intestines and your throat.
Dandelion - purifies your blood, is good for digestion, and detoxes the liver and kidney.
Cinnamon - stabilises blood sugar, is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
Licorice - anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, helps with digestion.(As I have never had whey protein, and out of dairy-free protein powders pea protein is my favourite, I'm not sure what other protein powders would be like, but if you have a favourite let me know how it goes)