About the Recipe

Traveling can be an exciting process but it can also be tough on our bodies.

(Even if you aren’t travelling any time soon, keep reading for some important notes about nutrients!)

One major thing we often overlook when air travelling is that we are travelling through space!

Just last year I took my first flight and it was nerve wracking right up until I was on the plane, and then it was exhilarating. Even though I didn’t go far, I still ended up with mild and general symptoms of radiation sickness including nausea, headache, fatigue, and slight disorientation/dizziness. It was as if I had forgotten how much space my own body took up. Even the most seasoned travellers can experience these symptoms, because when we use air travel we are exposing ourselves to cosmic radiation. The amount of cosmic radiation we are exposed to depends on the duration of the flight, the altitude of the plane, and where we’re travelling to.[1]

This may sound scary, but flying is still the safest way to travel. In nature there is almost always a way to balance the scales. So, if cosmic radiation is occurring — what is the remedy? Spirulina.

Spirulina has been used as a nutritional supplement by NASA astronauts on space missions, not only to provide highly nutrient dense food, but also for its high antioxidant or ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) value.[2] Spirulina has been seen to reduce inflammation, modulate immune function, and act as a cellular protectant. As little as 1 gram of spirulina is beneficial to correct markers of malnutrition.[3] The best thing about spirulina, in my opinion, is that it is safe for kids, too!

Spirulina provides you with highly available plant protein, healthy fatty acids, carotenoids, B vitamins, vitamin K, iodine, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and vitamin E. With all of these lovely nutrients and beneficial effects, we thought we’d give you a recipe to help you integrate it into your diet — whether you’re travelling or not.

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/radiation/air_travel.html

[2] https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/6408/2f62eeebfaee102eb8913cb6b2398da7c169.pdf

[3] http://www.krepublishers.com/02-Journals/JHE/JHE-15-0-000-000-2004-Web/JHE-15-2-085-159-2004-Abst-PDF/JHE-15-2-105-108-2004-Sachdeva/JHE-15-2-105-108-2004-Sachdeva.pdf

ABOUT THE EXPERT
Jacquie Thomas

Jacquie works as the Assistant Store Manager at Healthoholics, where she oversees day-to-day clinic operations, assists with purchase ordering, and more. She’s a skilled Holistic Nutritionist and Reiki Practitioner who brings her broad knowledge to helping Healthoholics’ customers and clients.

The Recipe

Spirulina Smoothie Bowl

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Ingredients:

1/3 an avocado (makes it creamy, offers healthy fat, and fibre)
Either 1 frozen banana or 1 cup of chopped Zucchini (thickens it)
A serving of your favourite protein powder or 3 Tbsp hemp seeds, or 2 Tbsp of nut butter (for protein)
1 Tbsp chia seeds (fibre and omega 3s)
2/3 cup frozen berries (antioxidants)
¾ C milk of choice
1 tsp (3g) Spirulina

Instructions:
  1. Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a bowl and top however you like. I like to do seeds on top with any extra ingredients I didn’t end up using in the blender.
  3. Enjoy!

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