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The beginning of summer is my favourite time of year. It's a time for enjoying the warmth of the sun, new growth in the garden and refreshing drinks while taking in blue skies. Do you agree?
I associate this time of year with certain foods such as fresh berries and crisp leafy greens. These foods are not only seasonal, but also provide incredible anti-inflammatory benefits that support the body inside and out. I have combined them into a delicious smoothie along with a very special antioxidant-rich superfood, Blue Majik blue spirulina.
This smoothie has become one of my favourites and I have shared the recipe below. You can feel good about enjoying this one regularly at breakfast, since the ingredients provide important health benefits.
Kale is an important part of the nutrient-dense cruciferous vegetable family. It contains high amounts of sulfur compounds that supports liver function and daily detox processes. If you haven’t tried this vegetable before, adding it to a smoothie is a great place to start.
Fun Fact: Find kale seed oil in Superfood Serum.
Blueberries provide serious anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits that have been especially well documented. The phytochemical responsible for their blue colour and the majority of their health benefits is the anthocyanin. These berries also contain high levels of the antioxidant, vitamin C. Plant foods such as blueberries are not only important for improving health on the inside, but also are particularly supportive for the skin.
Magnesium is an essential mineral that is deficient in our soil and food, so many of us are deficient. Also, if you suffer from GI issues, you may not be absorbing it well. Magnesium is incredibly important for energy production, improving sleep quality, reducing stress and regulating cellular repair to strengthen our bones, joints and skin. The bis-glycinate form in this recipe is absorbed well by the body, so that you can maximize its benefits.
Fun Fact: Find magnesium in Face Food.
Banana is a good source of silica, which helps to support collagen production in skin, hair, nails and joints. In addition, bananas are high in antioxidants, which helps to protect your skin and body from oxidative stress. Bananas are also well known for their high potassium content, which helps the body to regulate water balance in tissues throughout the body which may support skin hydration as well.
Blue Majik is a dried extract of spirulina. Since it is a purified extract from blue-green algae, it has a bright blue pigment rather than the usual green spirulina. The phycocyanin compounds contained in spirulina provide antioxidant benefits that help to reduce inflammation and hydrate the body’s tissues. It is also a great source of B vitamins that are important for metabolic pathways and energy production.
I’m excited to share this “double blue” smoothie with you. Its deep blue colour comes from both the Blue Majik powder and blueberries. The bananas give this smoothie a sweet, refreshing taste, while the protein and chia provide a good source of amino acids and fibre to help keep you full all morning long.
Double Blue Majik Summer Smoothie
1 frozen banana
1 cup kale leaves
½ cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1 capsule magnesium bis-glycinate
¾ cup unsweetened oat milk
3 tbsp hemp protein powder
2 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp Blue Majik powder (E3Live brand)
1. Place all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender. Ensure you open the magnesium capsule and only add the powder. Blend until combined and creamy. Use the blender tamper to get it started if necessary.
2. Pour into glass and enjoy!
NOTE: If you prefer a smoothie bowl, reduce the liquid to half a cup and pour the smoothie into a bowl. Top with your favourite toppings such as sliced kiwi, unsweetened shredded coconut, granola, etc.
Want to try more delicious recipes by Bonnie? Her chocolate mousse recipe with pomegranate + blackcurrant is super satisfying, skin nourishing and easy to make!
Credit for main image: Jon11
Bonnie Flemington, MBA, is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner specializing in helping women to reduce inflammation, aches and pains by addressing diet, digestive issues, nutrient deficiencies and adrenal stress. She works with individuals and runs online corporate and small group programs that have a high rate of success. You can reach out to book a call with Bonnie on her website at https://bonnieflemington.com/