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Orange Creamsicle Spirulina Smoothies

Today we made our first Spirulina smoothies for mid-morning snack, AND I think we’re hooked.  The boys held their little cups way up,  heads tilted as far back as they could go, urging the last few drops to tickle down to them.  They have this sort of beautiful blue green color, but tastes like a sweet orange creamsicle, which is one of our favorite flavors of all time!  You know, like an orange julius?  Remember those things you would get on your way to Wet Seal at the mall back in the day?

Meaning, they’re really good and don’t taste all healthy–but DELISH!  Plus, Spirulina is really good for you, so is everything else we’re adding.

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“Who wants to make green smoothies!?”

“ME!” they shout as they throw down toys and run over.  They both grab the bench together and pull it, scraping along the floor to get up where they need to be.

“Go pick some kale first,” our front garden is a few feet from the kitchen, and they come back with  yanked kale, mostly holding together, and resume their spots.

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um, yes, very eager…

 

 

Orange Creamsicle Spirulina Smoothies

– 1 banana (Bonus for getting a toddler to peel it)

– 1 Kiwi (no way we peel it, we throw it in skin and all, and the blender take care of it, we love this one)

– 1 squeeze of honey

-1 1/2 cups of whatever kind of milk you like

-3/4 cup of ice

-4 or 5 leaves of kale

-1 orange or 2 drops of Wild Orange Essential Oil (Or one small orange and 1 drop of Wild Orange)

-1/2 tablespoon of powdered Spirulina

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This was the first time using orange oil in a smoothie, even just one drop gave it such a sweet, rich flavor.

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Then, blend!

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And serve.

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Make sure to pour some for yourself, too.  Mama’s gotta take care of themselves and their bodies, too.

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And enjoy!

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These eight essential amino acids are found in Spirulina:

  • ISOLEUCINE: Required for optimal growth, intelligence development and nitrogen equilibrium in the body Used to synthesize other non-essential amino acids.
  • LEUCINE: Stimulator of brain function, increases muscular energy levels.
  • LYSINE: Building block of blood antibodies, strengthens circulatory system and maintains normal growth of cells.
  • METHIONINE: Vital lipotropic (fat and lipid metabolizing) amino acid that maintains liver health. An anti-stress factor, it calms the nerves.
  • PHENYLALANINE : Required by the thyroid gland for production of thyroxine which stimulates metabolic rate.
  • THREONINE: Improves intestinal competence and digestive assimilation.
  • TRYPTOPHANE: Increases utilization of B vitamins,improves nerve health and stability of the emotions. Promotes sense of calm.
  • VALINE): Stimulates mental capacity and muscle coordination.

Spirulina is approximately 65 to 71 percent protein, depending on growing conditions. These proteins are biologically complete, which means they provide all eight essential amino acids in the proper ratios. Furthermore, spirulina provides all the required amino acids in a form that is easier to digest than meat or soy protein.” -source

Enjoy!  If you try it, please let me know what you think!

xo

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  • Kerry December 22, 2014, 3:08 pm

    I didn’t realize the essential oils were for ingesting. I thought only topical…huh.

  • Home December 24, 2014, 8:14 am

    I love how involved the children are in the process! My kids don’t even know I put spinach in their shakes hehe.

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