So, things are getting trendy ’round here.
While I am usually a little blase about the latest superfood obsessions, the in-vogue algae chlorella has totally made its way into my life. Why is chlorella special? It has the usual promises. Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, all-natural, detoxifying, all those phrases that get thrown around so often they are starting to lose their meaning. But also, articles about chlorella keep referring to a Japanese study which proved that it can reduce hangover symptoms by 96% so… there’s that.
It seems that chlorella works some magic on your liver, helping it to clear your body of toxins and gross things extra fast. Crucial when you’re planning to
paaaaarrrrtttaaaaaayyyyy ahem, slightly exceed the recommended guidelines for daily alcohol intake.
The very idea of something that can improve my relationship with wine is just too irresistible for me. I bought a big ol’ bag of the powder and ran with it.
Usually chlorella fits into super green detox smoothies which are packed with fruit. Delicious on a normal day, but in the interest of creating a hangover busting smoothie, I avoided this- fruit can just exacerbate the issues of unstable blood sugar and acidic stomach lining that characterize the dreaded hangover. Also, chlorella can taste a little gross. It needs to be buried deep, especially if you’re feeling sensitive.
So what we’ve got is a dose of chlorella hidden behind a filling, soothing, carby smoothie that tastes of nothing but chocolate and peanut butter. The milk or almond milk will help soothe your stomach. Oats and natural peanut butter will give you slow-releasing energy to stabilize your blood sugar. Chlorella will (if we choose to believe) help your liver perform it’s overtime shift.
The kicker? You should ideally be having this smoothie before and after drinking. I know, I know. The best big, boozy binges are rarely so carefully planned. But in an ideal world, prevention is the best cure and you’d have got your blood sugar stablized, your stomach lined and your liver raring to go before you have that first sip of the fun juice.
Nevertheless, if the damage is already done, this can also (hopefully) speed up your recovery!
This smoothie is incredibly filling so when you’re having it the morning after, it may be too much volume. You may wish to share it with someone else. A friend, significant other, roommate, random stranger that woke up in your bathtub. (Even better if you can convince them to make it for you.)
Disclaimer: This smoothie recipe is for fun and good health. Let’s face it- your hangover might be stronger than any superfood. Please don’t hate me if you still feel like crap!
- 1 ripe banana
- ⅓ cup oats
- ¼ cup of peanut butter
- 1 Tblsp of maple syrup
- 2 Tblsps of cocoa powder
- 1 tsp chlorella
- 1 cup almond milk
- ½ cup - 1 cup ice cubes
- Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth