The green comes from all the ingredients with a special focus on super-green superfood, Spirulina!
Lucky Green Smoothie
4-8 leaves Dino kale (remove stem)
2 Green apples
2 tsp Spirulina powder
1" piece ginger root
1 handful raw almonds
1 Tbsp hemp seed hearts
2 T chia seeds
Make it: put it all in the Vitamix, add cold water to cover everything. Blend on high til smooth and creamy. Drink it, share it, tap your heels together!
What is Spirulina, anyway? It smells like a cross between foot odor and pond scum. Yum. It's actually an algae that is harvested from ponds and bodies of water super high in protein, antioxidants, iron and vitamin B-12. Pond scum. :)
Not convinced? Take a look at all the amazing health benefits of our algae friend:
-65% protein and amino acids including the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA)
-Omega 3-,6 and 9s and is especially high in Omega-3s
-High in Chlorophyll (antioxidant and immune-booster)
-High concentration of bio-available iron
-Contains vitamins B-1(thiamine), B-2 (riboflavin), B-3(nicotinamide), B-6 (pyridoxine), B-9 (folic acid), vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A and vitamin E. It is also a source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, sodium and zinc. Spirulina contains many pigments which may be beneficial and bioavailable
-26 times the calcium in milk
-Evidence suggests that it binds with radioactive isotopes and may be useful for radioactivity exposure or radiation therapy
-Can bind with heavy metals in the body and help remove them
-Can increase fat burning during exercise.
Want to become a Spirulina scholar? Here are some more sources of info.
University of Maryland Medical Center Report on Spirulina
P. D. Karkos, S. C. Leong, C. D. Karkos, N. Sivaji, and D. A. Assimakopoulos, “Spirulina in Clinical Practice: Evidence-Based Human Applications,” Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2011, Article ID 531053, 4 pages, 2011. doi:10.1093/ecam/nen058
The Medical Research of Spirulina – Cyanotech Corporation
Park, Hee Jung;Lee, Yun Jung;Ryu, Han Kyoung;Kim, Mi Hyun;Chung, Hye Won;Kim, Wha Young, “A randomized double blind, placebo controlled study to establish the effects of spirulina in elderly Koreans,” Annals of nutrition & metabolism 2008.