For me, food should be functional…which is a strange thing to say, but in this day and age..food is a far cry from what it was intended to be. So what does functional mean? It should be highly nutritious, have healing potential, and engage the senses in a positive way. One of my favourite pastimes is making my meals functional. I formulated the following smoothie recipe to help heal my gut wall/gut brain, nourish my beneficial flora, and provide a nutrient dense breakfast smoothie that keeps me going for hours. And it has a pretty colour, and tastes incredible. My 6 year old daughter said it is the best smoothie I’ve ever made. (And her favourite colour just happens to be purple). Depending on the coconut you use, it’s meat may be softer, or more mature – this will effect the end consistency of the smoothie and so this can also be enjoyed as a pudding or smoothie bowl.
Water & flesh from 1 young coconut.
1 scoop (30g) hemp protein powder
2 Tbs chia seeds
1 Tbsp bee pollen
1 Tbsp lecithin powder (non GMO – I currently use Healthforce Nutritionals)
1 tsp L-glutamine powder (I use Jarrow Formulas)
1 tsp slippery elm powder (sustainably sourced)
the inner gel from 1 medium aloe vera leaf (or 20ml bottled fresh aloe juice – Lifestream is a good brand)
¾ cup blueberries – fresh or frozen
½ tsp vanilla bean powder (or 1 vanilla bean)
½ tsp cinnamon (true cinnamon – look for Cinnamonum verum or Zeylanicam verum)
2-4 capsules probiotic (I use and recommend Healthforce Nutritionals Friendly Force) – open and empty capsules into smoothie.
10 – 12 drops fulvic / humic acid (optional but highly recommended)
Add all ingredients to your blender jug and then blend on high for around 30 seconds until well incorporated. Enjoy!
A Materia Medica of ingredients:
Coconut – the water is rich in electrolytes and has the perfect balance of electrolytes akin to human blood. In fact, during WW2 in the pacific, coconut water was used in emergencies to substitute plasma when a blood transfusion was called for. The flesh of the coconut is rich in healthy saturated fat – in particular lauric acid, which is also found in human breast milk and is essential for brain development. Coconut also has anti-fungal properties.
Hemp – industrial hemp contains no THC (the compound that becomes psychoactive when heated) and is a highly nutritious food in it’s own right. The seeds provide a good source of fibre, as well as all of the essential amino acids, and a good ratio of essential fatty acids. It is easily digested and has a high bioavailability.
Chia – chia is an ancient food used by the aztecs to aid endurance and stamina. The seeds are high in protein and the omega 3 essential fatty acid. They are also high in fibre, and forms a gel in liquid which helps soothe an inflamed digestive system.
Bee Pollen – has been touted to be a complete superfood, being very rich in amino acids, B vitamins, and enzymes.
Lecithin – acts as an emulsifier to help the digestion of fats, and is also essential for brain health.
L-Glutamine– amino acid that is present in every muscle cell and assists in providing energy to the cell ensuring quicker recovery. It is also essential tot he integrity of the gut wall, and is used in healing the gut wall.
Slippery elm – an ancient herbal food used by native americans for soothing, drawing and healing inflamed tissue. It is also nutritious, and helps to restore the gut wall integrity as well as helping to tone the entire digestive tract. It is a demulcent.
Aloe vera – soothing gel, cell proliferative helps to heal connective tissue and restore integrity to the gut wall. It is also anti-microbial and immune-strengthening. Helps with hydration.
Blueberries – a low GI sub-acid fruit which is rich in polyphenols – dark coloured blue purple colour pigments which are highly anti-oxidant and help prevent and heal free radical damage by micro and macro parasites and environmental toxins. These pigments also feed and nourish the beneficial flora in the human microbiome.
Vanilla bean – a warming herb that acts as a synergist to harmonise the other ingredients.
Cinnamon – a warming herb known as a circulatory stimulant. It acts as a synergistic vehicle to bring blood flow to the digestive tract and enhance the absorption of the other nutrients. Cinnamon is renown for regulating blood sugar levels. It is also antimicrobial and a carminative – meaning that it relieves gas and bloating.