SuperFood Smoothie Saturday: Chlorella

by Melissa West on May 18, 2013

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Welcome to Superfood Smoothie Saturdays!

Today I will start with a question that came to me via email:

Chlorella-Smoothie-SaturdaysHello dear Melissa!
I would like to ask you about being vegetarian. Do I have to worry about lack of vitamins or right kind of protein in my body if I decide to not eat meat? Thank you for everything that you do to help other people. Love your yoga trainings.
Sincerely yours
Farnaz

The only vitamin that you have to worry about when you switch to a plant-based diet is Vitamin B12. It only exists in the intestinal tracts of animals. A great book that I would recommend isBecoming Vegan by Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina.  They are extremely knowledgeable nutritionists who go over every detail of nutritional requirements for a plant-based diet. It is amazing that you can get so much protein from a plant based diet from nuts and legumes, to plants, to hemp, to tofu and quinoa there are a wide variety of proteins available in a plant based diet. The book I have recommended goes over them in great detail. Thanks for your fabulous question. Namaste, Melissa

Today’s superfood is chlorella.

Chlorella is a freshwater green algae. It is an excellent source of Vitamin A, C, B12 and Iron, a source f Magnesium and Zinc as a host of other nutrients. 5g of chlorella (about a tsp) provides you with 200% of your vitamin C, 80% of your iron and 50% of your B12 for the day. Most vegans take a B12 supplement because you can only get B12 from animal products. When you look at the dark green colour of chlorella you will see that it is loaded with chlorophyll which helps your body detoxify and cleanse. Chlorella is also 58% protein with a balance of essential amino acids responsible or rebuilding your body’s lean tissues and neurotransmitters.

Today we are going to make a Chlorella Smoothie Apple Pie Green Smoothie

Recepie

1 tsp. Chlorella
2 leafs of collards
1 apple
1 tsp cinnamon
some grated nutmeg
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1 1/2 – 2 cups of water

 

 

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