I’m a massive fan of smoothies. I like that they are fast to make and I can pack them full of micro-nutrients. My morning smoothie always has something green in it like frozen kale or spinach, as well as, a bit of fruit and some protein. Lately, I’ve been buying smoothies from a local Whitby woman, who is opening a restaurant in Oshawa, called The Portobello Road. Her smoothies are sold in one-litre mason jars, and one smoothie will last me 2 to 3 days. They are a great convenience and packed full of fruit, hemp seeds and, my new favourite ingredient, which is Irish Sea Moss.
Irish Sea Most has been touted as a superfood, as it’s a vegan, gluten-free source of many nutrients. Some of the nutrients contained in sea moss include:
Vitamin B12 (Vegans need this)
Sea Moss contains no sugar, and there are only five calories per tablespoon, making it very nutrient-dense. A serving is two tablespoons.
Like a lot of supplements, the sea moss benefits seem miraculous, but many claims are unproven when researching this column, I found contradictory information. So as with everything, try it, see if it works but first make sure it doesn’t interfere with any medication that you are on.
Sea moss is a source of iodine, which is something you can eat too much of. Having too much iodine in your diet can lead to Goitre or enlarged thyroid gland, so be sure to stick to one serving of sea moss per day. The best way to evaluate a supplement is to read its benefits and determine if you require them. Years ago, I would look to supplements to help fix more lifestyle-related problems, like needing more sleep, or a vacation or a few days of rest. There are times we are all tired or overworked, so with some contemplative thinking, you can determine what you need, rest or a supplement. Once you try the supplement, evaluate if it’s making a difference. At my studio, when clients ask about supplements for a problem they are experiencing, I always suggest they see their Doctor and maybe get some blood work done. This way they have a clearer picture of the problem.
The following basic smoothie recipe is delicious, and you can add Irish Sea Moss to it.
Green Smoothie Recipe (Serves 2)
1 cup unsweetened almond or any unsweetened nut milk
1–2 handfuls of spinach (frozen breaks down the best)
2 frozen bananas
2–4 soft pitted dates (pre-soak these the night before if you have time).
2 tbsp hemp hearts
1 tbsp natural peanut butter
2 ice cubes
Optional Add-in - 2 tablespoons Irish Sea Moss Gel.
Optional Add-in - 1 scoop protein powder
Combine all ingredients, blend on high until smooth and frothy.
You may purchase Irish Sea Moss in gel form. It's virtually tasteless and can be added to a variety of meals.
Sheree Nicholson is the owner of Live With Spirit Yoga & Fitness studio in Whitby, Ontario. She has a certificate in plant-based nutrition from eCornell University and is working on her Masters in Metaphysics. Sheree holds certifications in Advanced Yoga, Pilates, Reebok Spinning and Kettlebell training. This benefits you as she focuses on functional movement, strength and weight loss. Sheree competed in both Canadian and American Kettlebell competitions placing in the top 3.
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