Amazing Green Tea Smoothie Protein Shake

Amazing Green Tea Smoothie Protein Shake

  • Yield:2 servings
  • Difficulty:Easy
  • Time:20 minutes

Even though I’ve created a ton of smoothies to share with you here, I’ll admit it has taken me awhile to create a green smoothie that was worthy enough for my blog. Why? Either they taste nasty or they are laden with sugar. Let’s face it…Americans need to get more greens into their diets. But, many would be hard-pressed to try a green smoothie fearing how it would taste. Fear not, my friends! This one is absolutely delicious.

Spirulina is beyond amazing for you. It’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods you can possibly put into your pie-hole! It has a laundry list of nutrients including being over 60% protein (yay for vegetarians!), and it has a large concentration of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, omega-3s, carotenoids, and phytonutrients. With all of its nutrients, Spirulina does a lot of amazing things for you:

  1. It helps remove arsenic from the body (which is great if your neighbors are trying to poison you);
  2. It helps balance candida in the body and promotes the growth of healthy bacteria (everyone has yeast growing inside of them but sometimes it can get out of control when the immune system is compromised by frequent intense training, stress, or illness);
  3. Helps decrease the viral load in people with HIV/Aids, and they experienced increases in killer white blood cells with no adverse effects;
  4. Helps prevent cancer (doesn’t everything green?);
  5. It lowers blood pressure;
  6. It reduced cholesterol up to 41% in studies done on rabbits that were fed a high cholesterol diet;
  7. Prevents atherosclerosis and stroke and can actually REVERSE some of the damage (You mean—this could have saved my grandma??)
  8. Spirulina may help alleviate allergy symptoms by reducing inflammation in the sinuses—this is why I have included raw honey in the shake as well. Locally sourced raw honey may help you build a tolerance to local plant allergens. Spirulina also boosts energy and speeds up weight loss. How awesome is that?

The picture shows a layered shake, which I did just to make it look pretty. For the sake of ease, I will show you how to make it straight-u,p no-nonsense green, just like the color of money.

Ingredients:

  • 2 scoops of EFX Sports Vanilla Isolate
  • 1 tsp. Spirulina
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • A sprinkle of flax seeds (¼ tsp.)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  • A fistful of fresh spinach leaves (about ½ cup)
  • 1 cup of cold green tea or matcha tea
  • 1 stevia or erythritol packet if desired
  • ½ tsp. banana flavoring/ baking extract (if desired)
  • 1 tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • Several ice cubes
  • Optional: Neutral flavored Karbolyn

Directions:

Make your green tea or matcha tea and chill it. You can even make it with half the amount of water and throw in some ice cubes to cool it off quickly. Break up the banana and put it in the blender, pour in half the tea, add the powders and ice cubes, then add the other half of the tea. Blend well and conquer the world—or at least your workout!

Nutrition:

These ingredients make 2 servings (unless you need the extra calories for an event or are looking to make gains). In that case, use less liquid to make a more calorie-dense shake. If this doesn’t satisfy your carbohydrate needs, you can always add a scoop of neutral flavored Karbolyn, which adds 200 calories and 50 grams of carbs.

Half the mixture: 315 calories 9.3g fat 31g carbs 32g protein 7.7g fiber

The whole shebang: 630 calories 18.6g fat 62.5g carbs 64.2 protein 15.3 fiber

References:
https://draxe.com/spirulina-benefits/

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