Blue Green Coconut Water
8-16 ounces coconut water
1/2-1 teaspoon spirulina powder
This natural energy drink is one of the easiest homemade natural energy drinks you can make plus it is one of the healthiest. Best of all, you don’t even need a blender to make it! You can use fresh coconut water from young fresh coconuts (hard to come by unless you live in the tropics) or canned coconut water. Note that this is not the same as the liquid you get from an older brown coconut. If you buy canned coconut water, try to get organic. Coconut water is one of the best natural electrolyte replacements because it contains a very high potassium content, far more than Gatorade and other sports drinks, plus many other minerals.
Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is sold in powder form in most health food stores. You can also often find this powder in the bulk section of most supermarkets. Spirulina is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. It is 60-70 percent protein, containing all 8 essential amino acids in perfectly balanced proportions. Beef, by comparison, is only about 22-24 percent protein Spirulina also contains chlorophyll, a molecule that is very similar to hemoglobin and works to build up your red blood cells and helps you carry more oxygen. This helps your tissues become more oxygenated. Spirulina contains a wider range of micronutrients than any other known food source. These include antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and several bio-available pigments other than chlorophyll.
If you don’t have coconut water on hand, you can still get the benefit of spirulina powder by mixing it with water. Try to use filtered alkaline water to help keep your body’s pH in balance. If you don’t like the taste of the spirulina powder (some sources have a stronger taste than others), you can also buy spirulina capsules or tablets and just take these with water.
Kale and Banana Smoothie
3-4 ripe bananas
2 cups cold water (add more for a thinner smoothie)
1 cup ice
1 small bunch of kale
Bite for bite, kale is said to be one of the healthiest foods you can put in your mouth. Blending kale into a smoothie is a great way to get all the health benefits it has to offer absorbed very quickly into your system. This includes a great deal of energy from high concentrations of iron and other minerals. In fact, calorie for calorie, kale has more iron than beef. This is why it is sometimes called the “new beef.” If you want this drink to be less bitter, remove the mid-rib and stems from the kale before you blend it as this is the most bitter part. However, these sections are perfectly edible so they do not need to be removed and they will add some more fiber. Also note, kale is usually sweeter in the cooler months.