Happy Blue Coconut Elixir

Happiness in a glass. That's exactly what this is. 

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And, it's not just because it's blue, creamy, and delicious but because it's got Mucuna Pruriens. It's basically happy powder. This extract powder contains 15% L-DOPA, a precursor to Dopamine. Consuming Mucuna Pruriens may enhance brain function, elevate mood, soothe the nervous system and overall well-being. 

If you are wondering what the difference between coconut milk and coconut cream are, let me explain. The main difference is that coconut milk [in a can] will have the layer of thick coconut cream as well as the watery coconut milk underneath, but coconut cream is only made of that thick, spoonable cream. If I need it for smoothies, I'll leave the coconut milk can in the refrigerator overnight, flip it over and open up. Whats left on top is a thick layer of coconut cream.

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What You'll Need

½ teaspoon vanilla bean powder
1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup coconut cream
1/2 scoop E3Live blue majik blue-green algae
1/2 tsp Sunpostion Mucuna Pruriens
Topping: bee pollen
 

What You'll Need To Know

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender and blend for 30 seconds or until the powders have fully dissolved.

Serve immediately. Pour into a 12oz glass and top with bee pollen.

Recipe makes 1 serving.

Blue Majik Almond Milk / Homemade Almond Milk

blue majik almond milk

If you follow health food trends, you might have noticed that in the last year or so, Blue Majik is popping up in just about everything. This magical-sounding ingredient has made its way into cold-pressed juices, protein powders, smoothies, nut mylks and even lattes that I'm sure flood your Instagram feed. And, it's made its way into my account and blog as well!

When mixed into drinks, the effect is a little like a blue raspberry slushie, but the nutritional structure of Blue Majik couldn't be more different from the sugar-laden frozen treat.

SO WHAT EXACTLY IS BLUE MAJIK?

It's a blue-green algae that's derived from Spirulina, Blue Majik is a proprietary extract of the blue-green algae Arthrospira platensis. 

On the superfoods ranking list, Blue Majik powder would rank pretty high. Just like green spirulina, Blue Majik is praised for being nutrient dense. It's packed with vitamins like especially B12, iron, calcium, enzymes, minerals, and antioxidants. 

It gets its bright blue hue from C-phycocyanin, a type of storage protein rich in amino acids. C-phycocyanin is also what puts the blue in Blue Majik and so much of the value in the popular ingredient. Studies show C-phycocyanin to be rich in antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties, and it may promote brain health.

Given that it's essentially an algae, you can imagine that on its own, it's not that tasty. But when mixed into smoothies or nut mylks, it's easy to mask the unsavory flavor. 

One way that I'm enjoying it is in homemade almond milk! Here's a recipe you'll love!

Blue Majik Almond Milk
Blue Majik Almond Milk
Blue Majik Almond Milk
Blue Majik Almond Milk

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

1 cup raw almonds, soaked overnight
7 cups water, filtered
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cardamom
1 tsp vanilla bean
1 scoop Blue Majik (I used this brand)
4 pitted Medjool dates or stevia, to taste

Nut Mylk bag (I used Ellie's Best brand*)

 

* Use promo code 'Valeriea' and get 10% off your order!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO KNOW

Soak the almonds overnight or up to 2 days. Drain and rinse the almonds. Combine the almonds and water in a blender. Blend at the highest speed for 2 minutes. 

Strain the almonds using a nut mylk bag. Press all the almond milk from the almond meal. 

Sweeten to taste with dates or stevia, if desired.  

Add to blender almond milk, cardamom, vanilla, and cinnamon and blend for two minutes. 

Refrigerate almond milk. It will stay fresh in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

 

Looking for some more Blue Majik recipes? You can find more here!

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Blue Majik Cauliflower Smoothie

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I absolutely love smoothies, especially when they are veggie heavy. 

Lately, I've been throwing in Cauliflower in my smoothie since it contains more vitamin C than oranges. It's full of vitamin B, fiber and has a high amount of antioxidant nutrients. This in return helps prevent free radicals from damaging the body’s cells. 

Cauliflower also contains potassium and phosphorous, which helps support and repair the body’s nervous system and immune systems, muscles, and bones. It also helps lower your blood sugar levels and gives your smoothies an incredible creamy texture. All of these are excellent reasons to throw some into your morning or midday smoothies. As for the taste? You'd never suspect cauli being an ingredient since it is virtually flavorless!

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What You'll Need

1 cup cauliflower, riced*
1/2 zucchini, chopped*
1/4 avocado*
1/2 cup blueberries, organic*
3/4 cup cashew or coconut milk
1 scoop blue majik blue-green algae
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp vanilla powder
1 scoop collagen peptides (I used this brand)
2-3 drops stevia

Toppings: bee pollen

What You'll Need To Know

In a high-speed blender add all ingredients except bee pollen, and blend for 30-60 seconds.

Pour in a glass and top with bee pollen.

Recipe makes one 32oz serving or 2 small servings. 

* Freeze ahead of time!

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Blue Majik Peanut Butter Bliss Smoothie

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Making blue majik. These smoothies are not just pretty, but darn delicious, too. I've hacked the Tone It Up Peanut Butter Bliss smoothie a bit and added blue-green algae and black sesame seeds to get this color. Surprisingly, there's banana in this too. If you've been following me for a while, you know how much I don't like bananas. But the flavors of the PB and protein hide the banana taste.

Blue Majik Peanut Butter Bliss
Blue Majik Peanut Butter Bliss

What You'll Need

1 scoop protein (unused @perfectfit vanilla protein)
1/2 tablespoon peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon blue-green algae (I used e3live)
1/2 tablespoon black sesame seeds
1 cup almond milk
1 frozen banana
3 ice cubes

Toppings: coconut shavings, pecans (optional)

What You'll Need To Know

Blend ingredients in a high-speed blender for 30-60 seconds. Pour and enjoy!

Recipe makes 2 servings.