Drink Up: Banana Smoothie w/ Irish Sea Moss

Thanks to #SPFamily Tobias Truvillion, our Founder Calvin Quallis learned of this amazing tasting recipe while attending Tobias’s Vegan cooking demo. Really digging the smoothie and its texture, Calvin made a few adjustments to the recipe. He added in cashews, pecans and nutmeg for a slightly different flavor profile, putting his own spin on the recipe.

Banana Smoothie w/ Irish Sea Moss
2 Large Bananas
1/4 Cup Hemp seeds hulled
3 Dashes Cinnamon
3 Dashes Nutmeg
1 Cup Coconut Water
1 Handful of Pistachios
1 Handful of Walnuts
1 Handful of Pecans
1 Handful of Cashews
12 Dates
5 Tablespoons Irish Sea Moss Gel
1/2 Cup Ice

Combine all ingredients below, in a blender, and blend for approximately 5 minutes.

"I’ve made a few adjustments to the recipe, adding cashews, pecans and nutmeg for a slightly different flavor profile, and for my own spin on the recipe. 

Not only is this a naturally sweet and tasty drink that provides a jolt of energy, it includes the standout ingredient Irish Sea Moss. Irish Sea Moss has been used in my family for generations. As a kid, my grandmother, Rosie, made healthy drinks with Irish Sea Moss and Aloe that we loved as children. Irish Sea Moss contains 92 of the 102 minerals that the human body consists of, and has a whole host of benefits from immunity boosting to hair and skin health. During times like this, I thought the SP fam would appreciate a tasty health-boosting  recipe. I’ve included a list of benefits and the recipe below. 

It may help to improve your energy levels.
When it comes to capitalizing the energy stored in food, you need B vitamins. Sea moss contains a decent amount of riboflavin (B2) and folate (B9). Riboflavin is needed to break down proteins, carbs, and fats, while folate is needed to form DNA and other genetic material. When folate pairs up with B12, it also helps to create red blood cells.

It'll boost your immunity.
During cold and flu season, sea moss smoothies could become your go-to meal. It has potassium iodide, which is great for dissolving troublesome phlegm in clogged airways. It’s also rich in amino acids, vitamin C, antioxidants, as well as a host of antiviral and antimicrobial agents. These nutrients can help you to fight or ward off infections.

It may nourish your skin, hair and beard.
Studies have found that citrulline–arginine, a compound found in Irish moss, can improve cell growth and metabolism. This compound also releases amino acids that are essential for protein and collagen synthesis. Collagen is the protein that maintains smooth skin and silky hair.

It could improve your emotional health.
Sea moss has a bunch of magnesium and potassium, which are known mood boosters. Both minerals play a key role in brain function, and when we are low on either, we might feel crankier than usual. Some research indicates that sea moss may protect brain degeneration and Parkinson's disease.

Enjoy. Stay healthy out there."