I’m not trying to sound poetic with the title, really. The smoothie I’m about to introduce to you has elements from the earth (vegetables and wheatgrass) and foods from the sea (seaweed!). Yes, it sounds weird I know. And it actually tastes “delectably strange” … I actually chose those words very carefully, haha.
Disclaimer about allergies and such: some people have wheatgrass allergies. Other people have seaweed allergies. I’m not sure if you’re one of them, but just thought I’d warn just in case. I made Sherif take a whiff of the wheatgrass powder before adding some to his smoothie, and he took a big whiff … lol, naturally that made him cough and sneeze, but that was not because he was allergic … he just inhaled too strongly, haha.
Speaking of sneezing … I found this video so cute. Totally cracked me up!
So yea, seaweed. Specifically, blue-green algae (spirulina) and kelp. My friend Siv introduced me to these the other day, and I have to say: I was blown away by the health stats that I found online!
Spirulina contains 8 essential amino acids, 10 non-essential amino acids, Potassium (15,400 mg/Kg), Calcium (1,315 mg/kg), Zinc (39 mg/kg), Magnesium (1,915 mg/kg), Selemium (0.40 ppm), Iron (580 mg/kg), Vitamin B12, Folic Acid (0.5 mg/kg), Niacin ( 118 mg/kg), Riboflavin or B2 (40 mg/kg), Thiamine or B1 (55 mg/kg), and Tocopherol or Vitamin E (190 mg/kg) (Fasting).
Sheesh! And if that’s not enough for you to rush out and buy it, scientific studies have shown that blue-green algae (including spirulina) can help strengthen the immune system and help the body resist cancers and the spread of the AIDS virus. You want to know the most impressive fact of all? “Weighing in at an impressive 60% protein content, spirulina is a fresh water alga–actually, a form of bacteria–which knocks both red meat, at 27%, and soy, at 34%, on the ropes in terms of muscle-building potential.” (HerbsPH). I bet the fellas will appreciate this fact!
And what about this wheatgrass that I mentioned? As with many green, leafy vegetables, the chlorophyll found therein has been hailed as immune-boosting – a kind of ‘prevention’ medicine in raw form. Organic wheatgrass powder, which I used in this smoothie, is great for detoxifying the body, improving blood flow and digestion and helping fight cancers. So, yes, you can feel like a total health-nut while consuming this smoothie…
So now that I got you hooked on all the health benefits, here are the ingredients I used for this Earth and Sea Smoothie. There are no hard rules, so you can modify in any way that you’d like, but this is just a guide to show you what worked for me!
- handful of organic baby spinach leaves
- 1 stalk of organic dinosaur kale
- 1 large organic collard green leaf
- handful of fresh organic parsley
- 1 teaspoon of organic spirulina powder (got it from the bulk section at Whole Foods)
- 1 teaspoon of organic wheatgrass powder (also from the bulk section at Whole Foods)
- couple of pieces of dried kelp, soaked for 30 minutes
- 2 small-medium tomatoes on the vine – you can add more tomatoes if you’re looking for something more tomato-y
- 1/2 organic Braeburn apple (optional) – if you like a sweet-sour background taste
- 1 inch fresh ginger, chopped
- juice from half a lime (if it’s juicy) or from a whole lime (if it’s dry and a pain to squeeze)
- 1 teaspoon unfiltered flaxseed oil
- 1/2 teaspoon organic chia seeds
- 3/4 cup of organic carrot juice
- 1/3 cup filtered water (or a few ice cubes)
- 4-5 drops of Tabasco sauce (optional) – depends on how much of a kick you’d like
- dash of salt and freshly ground black pepper
Oh, just washing vegetables and chopping them The blender does all the work. As I mentioned before on the blog, I don’t own an impressive blender (sadly), but I make good use out of the Bella Cucina “bullet blender” that I have. I actually find it helpful that the size of the cup is predetermined … so I can kind of estimate how much of each ingredient I’d like to add in just the right proportions. But when I need to blend a whole pot of hummus or mash some potatoes, my bullet-like blender is a real nightmare, actually. (But that’s because I’m not using it for the right thing). Gotta make sure I’m not faulting my trusted smoothie blender here
Anyway, so about the taste … it’s not your typical smoothie, that’s for sure. Meaning: you may not like it if this is your only understanding of how a smoothie should taste, with milk and all. Not that there’s anything wrong with sweet smoothies; in fact, I’m the biggest fan of those! But this Earth and Sea smoothie is a totally different ballgame – spicy, borderline salty, and zesty! Sherif said it tastes like liquid sushi (because of the seaweed and algae) … but he immediately took to it and liked it (his had more tomato and no apple). I think mine needed more tomatoes, but definitely felt really good drinking it … well, also knowing that I’m ingesting a massive amount of vitamins and minerals in raw form also makes you emotionally drawn to it
Anyway, please don’t let this post intimidate you… it was my first time trying out both spirulina and wheatgrass, and I know that it’s hard to buy things you’re not used to. But if in doubt, try it in a smoothie! That’s my policy, at least …
Curious: what’s the weirdest ingredient you’ve put in a smoothie?