There's something about food being an unusual primary color that brings me back to the good ol' days. You know, when you used to squeeze fluorescent colored ice into your mouth from a plastic wrapper on a hot summer day, or when you had your grandparents pour bright colored sugar into your mouth straight from the paper tube as you laid on their couch? At least my brother can relate. Cue: freeze-pops & pixie sticks.
Regardless of what your favorite bright colored candy was back in the day, it's likely that we all know by now those processed sugary treats saturated with artificial colors and flavorings were not doing us any good. It's a shame that most foods that have an unusual vibrant color means it's been sabotaged with artificial ingredients, and that conversely, the majority of what Americans eat these days is as bland in color as the Sahara Desert.
As a Dietitian, it's my job to educate the community that adding more color to our plates from real, whole foods means we are consuming a variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants to help ward off disease. And though you can do this very efficiently from every day foods you can get from the produce section at your grocery store or farmer's market, I'm all about gettin' a little fancy sometimes.
So how'd I get this smoothie to have that gorgeous blue hue? Allow me to introduce you to Blue Majik.
I was first introduced to this blue powder supplement while visiting Moon Juice in Venice, CA. They had a Blue Moon Protein Milk in the fridge which looked awfully delicious (and I was quite intrigued by this color), so I decided to give it a whirl. My review? Too delicious. The health benefits? I'll take 'em.
"Blue Majik is a proprietary, certified organic, and chemical free extract of Arthrospira platensis (Spirulina), a Nutrient Dense AquaBotanicalTM. Its stunning blue pigment contains both phycocyanin (PC) and non-PC compounds. This unique combination is not seen in standard Spirulina powder. PC is clinically shown to relieve physical discomfort, which means consumers feel better, can do more activity, and enjoy an overall better quality of life." -e3live.com
To put in easy terms, blue majik is another form of blue-green algae that is a complete protein (containing all essential amino acids), along with B vitamins, iron, and manganese. By adding this powder to your drinks or smoothies, you're boosting it's nutrient content while making things just look a bit more interesting!
Below, you can find my recipe with yummy adaptogens included to relax and beautify :) For a quick refresher on adaptogens, check out my post here.
1-2 scoops of Moon Juice Blue-Adaptogen Protein Powder (or other protein powder of choice)
1 capsule of blue majik (e3live)
1.5 C. unsweetened almond milk
1 frozen banana
1/2 tsp ashwagandha
1/2 tsp ho shou wu
1/2 tsp maca
toppings (optional): bee pollen, cacao nibs, unsweetened coconut flakes
Directions: Place all ingredients into a blender and whiz up! Serve immediately.