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Spirulina Protein Power Shake
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Spirulina Protein Power Shake

This is the original gangsta rap inspired protein drink that will superfuel you, while providing tons of antioxidants, healthy carbs, and protein. It is a great blend for adding whatever supplements and superfoods you might be taking, that maybe don't taste the best on their own or with water.

Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, minerals, and digestive cleansing pectin. Bananas are the original superfuel packing in pottassium and healthy sugars. Bananas are a great weight loss/workout food for a few reasons. One, their high pottassium is important since most people take in too much sodium and not enough pottassium contributing to water weight and fluid retention. They also contain oligosaccharides, a kind of sugar which feeds your healthy stomach bacteria "prebiotics." This increases your probiotics, which can contribute to improved digestion and a flatter tummy.

Purple Drink

yeilds 1 quart

  • 4 bananas, peeled
  • 2 cups blueberries, frozen or fresh (I like frozen for the ice cream effect)
  • 2 cups cold H20
  • Optional Superfoods and proteins:

I like a combination of:

  • 1 heaping scoop sprouted brown rice protein (I especially like Epic Protein's Vanilla Lucuma) but you could also use hemp protein or whatever protein you like
  • 2 teaspoons spirulina or other algae
  • 1 heaping tablespoon tocotreinols (rice bran solubles that are a potent source of vitamin E)


Blend all ingredients in a blender, preferably at high speed. I like to pulse my smoothies till they are smooth, instead of straight blending them. This prevents oxidation and makes the texture better. Play around with different things to add to the smoothie, like maca, mesquite, vanilla powder, spinach etc.

Some folks prefer their fruits and veggies straight up, so extra oomph. I think that is great too. For me though I like to use this flavorful mix as a backdrop for whole food-based supplements that I have come to enjoy over the years. Experiment for yourself and see what you like best in your "Purple Drink."

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  1. Carolyn
    Vote #3! While I don't care for gangsta rap, I would love to try your power drink recipe! Fellow writer, you may feel that you would rather save your votes for someone that does not recieve many votes. You may not be aware that votes from our friends and family members that vote only on our articles does not count as much as someone that votes for many varied writers. Although the crew at the Flaming Vegan will not reveal all that goes into the choice for Top Posts, the crew has written me revealing this information. To prove that the articles that receive the most votes, do not always make Top Posts, consider my recent article on pizza that received 13 votes, but did not make Top Posts! Again, consideration for your vote for my articles is appreciated!
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  2. BuddhasDelight
    love your recipe and your gangsta flava! lol. this sounds great and packed with goodness, looking forward to trying it. voted. ;)
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  3. Veganara
    Vote no 5, sounds great. Check out my most recent post, Breakfast Bagels with Spicy Fruit Compote, and if you like it, please vote!
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  4. Carolyn
    Congrats on making Top Posts!
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  5. SnakeWitch
    Nice combo! Like you say, sounds like it packs a punch!
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  6. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    Sounds good and healthy! I love blueberries and banana together. Check out my avocado for butter post and how to make chocolate chip cookies. Vote if you like. Voted!
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  7. evalovesbend
    Looks very delicious and nutritious! Voted. Check out my post the art of popsicles and vote if you like it:)
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