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Spirulina, chlorella, AFA (Alphanizemenon Flos-Aquae) and MPP (Marine Phyto-Plankton) are all single cell organisms that have similar nutritional profiles with key differences. They all boast a similar abundance of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, 60% or greater protein, all essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, RNA and DNA, and antioxidant pigments (namely chlorophyll). They also have reported immune boosting properties being anti-bacterial/fungal/viral in nature. In addition they are said to improve mental capacity, are cancer fighting, detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, blood building and are 90-100% able to be assimilated by the body.

Chlorella and Spirulina are cultivated in fresh water ponds and lakes. AFA is a wild harvested, cold water micro-algae from Klamath Lake in Oregon. Marine phytoplankton (MPP) is a sea/salt water based micro-algae.

Spirulina, AFA and some chlorella strains have the blue pigment phycocyanin, which is an antioxidant, is blood building along with chlorophyll, and is a stem cell enhancing substance. With the green chlorophyll pigment these algae are often » Read more..

Superfoods for Green Smoothies


There is no consensus amongst experts or novices about whether or not we should be adding superfoods to our diets and this includes to green smoothies. David Wolfe is famous in the raw food world for his love of superfoods, though he is willing to admit he does not live on superfoods alone.

There is no regulation for the term ‘superfood’, however the general censuses is that superfoods are super-nutritious, not just with one or a few nutrients but many. There are many varied opinions about superfoods from dubious websites touting ice-cream and bacon as superfoods, through to supreme superfoods like maca, noni and AFA blue-green algae.

The term ‘functional food’ is also an unregulated term referring to a feature of food which serves a particular function to promote health or prevent disease. Generally they are processed foods that have claims such as ‘high in fibre’, or » Read more..

David Wolfe’s Superfood Berry Green Smoothie

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David ‘Avocado’ Wolfe, to most who have heard of him is a raw food and superfood expert, however, what you may not know is David has a Masters degree in nutrition and a background in science and mechanical engineering.

David Wolfe is considered one of the world’s top authorities on natural health, beauty, nutrition, herbalism, chocolate and organic superfoods. David is a highly sought after health and personal success speaker, having given over 2000 live lecture events in the past 15 years!

I have personally met David as part of his Australian tour in 2010 and 2011 and he was simply inspiring to be around and to listen to.

David has kindly provided his version of a superfood green smoothie for the green smoothie community.

Here is David Wolfe’s Superfood Berry Green Smoothie

1/2 cup of blueberries
1/2 cup of raspberries
Handful of goji berries
1 young coconut (flesh and water)
1 Tbs of raw cacao powder
1 Tbs maca powder
1 Tbs hemp seeds
1 Tbs reishi mushroom powder (mycelium)
10 x 10 cm/ 4 x 4 inch piece of aloe vera inner leaf gel (or equivalent size)
Spirulina and/or E3Live blue-green algae and/or marine phytoplankton (dose according to bottle)

Leafy greens of choice

1/2 to 1 cup of spring water extra
Raw wild honey to sweeten

Blend all except the extra water and sweetener
Add extra water to desired smoothie consistency
Add sweetener a little at a time till the balance is right

Preferably use spirulina during the warmer months of the year (as spirulina is cooling), and blue-green algae and/or marine phytoplankton during the cooler months (as they are warming).

More about David Wolfe

David Wolfe

David Wolfe

Leading the field with his vision, mission, education, and business, David has over 15 years of dedicated experience and understanding of the inner workings, the delicate chemistry and the hardcore mechanics of the human body. Moreover, how the body is affected by the modern-day stressors of today’s fast-paced, over-worked and unbalanced lifestyle, which is literally a ‘killer’ to our beauty, health and longevity.

With a life-long passion for inspiring people to ‘Have The Best Day Ever‘, David has touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of people across the world. David is a true living master of what it means to ‘walk the talk’ on the road to higher and higher levels of natural beauty, vibrant health and peak-performance.

David is the author of the best-selling books:

  • Eating for Beauty (4th Edition)
  • The Sunfood Diet Success System (8th Edition)
  • Naked Chocolate (2nd Edition)
  • David Wolfe on Raw Foods, Superfoods, and Superherbs,
  • Amazing Grace (3rd Edition)
  • Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future
  • The LongevityNOW Program (www.longevitynowprogram2.com)

David has founded several all-green and eco-friendly businesses that continue to lead the world with the most innovative, highest quality, organic superfoods and healthy-lifestyle related products and information. David Wolfe’s leadership has been inspired by principles of sustainable agriculture, living in harmony with nature, and ethical global co-operation.






More about AFA microalgae

AFA algae

Aphanizomenon flos acquae or AFA microalgae is a true superfood. In a previous post I discussed different types of micro algae and today I wanted to talk in more detail about the amazing properties of AFA, which is an ingredient well suited to green smoothies in addition to leafy greens.

E3Live is one brand of AFA and I have asked Tim and Debbie from E3Live Australia to provide their expert knowledge about this product as well as a couple of green smoothie recipes they love.

E3Live is Mother Nature’s most nutrient-dense superfood tonic for both the body and mind. E3Live is certified organic, wild-crafted blue-green algae (Aphanizomenon flos acquae – “Invisible Living Flower of the Water”) that is unique to the upper basin of Lake Klamath in Oregon, USA.

E3Live is also unique in that it is the world’s first algae to be provided to consumers in its original form, fresh-frozen in order to retain enzymatic efficacy. In fact, there are many aspects of E3Live that make it a unique addition to an individual’s health protocols, including (but certainly not limited to):

  • 98% nutrient assimilation, twice as much as any fruit or vegetable – the algae’s glucose cell wall ensures fast and near-total nutritional absorption
  • Widest spectrum of synergistic nutrients found in any plant food, including complete B-vitamin range
  • Highest quantity of chlorophyll and beta-carotene found in any plant food
  • Essential amino/fatty acids, trace minerals and blue pigment phyto-nutrients all contribute to optimal cognitive functioning
  • Contains the same mood-enhancing neuro-chemical-supporting nutrient as found in raw cacao called PEA (Phenylethylamine), “the molecule of Love”. The PEA in AFA is 50 times more bio-available compared to cacao!
  • Blue pigment phyto-nutrient contributes to adult stem cell migration from bone marrow
  • Assists in carbohydrate metabolism/digestion, reduces blood glucose levels, and increases the biosynthesis of proteins into body tissue
  • Contains humic acid, which aids the body in drawing nutrients from food directly into the mitochondria (heart) of every cell.
  • Blue pigment contains significant anti-inflammatory properties.










The two recipes we have developed have been designed to provide a significant “lift” to the person(s) consuming them. We have restricted the fruit to two choices and have chosen a cross-spectrum of ingredients that will act in a synergistic fashion with one another. The E3Live acts as a ‘super-charger’ that powers all of the other ingredient elements into every part of the body and brain. (Recipes make approx. 1 litre/1 quart of green smoothie).


2 Tbs sunflower & pumpkin seeds (preferably soaked overnight)
2 pears
1/4 of an avocado
Water from1 large Thai coconut
3-4 leaves of Silverbeet
Seeds scraped from 1 vanilla pod
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 Tbs raw wild bush honey
1-2 Tablespoons (15-30ml) E3Live

Option: to increase electrolyte/trace mineral content and digestibility, add 1 ml (10-12 drops) of fulvic acid concentrate/tincture (E3Live Australia stocks Cell Therapy Rejuvenate, the world’s most potent fulvic product, stored in miron glass containers)

2 Tbs black chia seeds (if time pre-soak for at least 1 hour)
1 Mango,
1 red papaya
½ cup of spinach leaves
½ cup of dandelion leaves
½ cup of rocket leaves
½ cup of parsley
sprig of mint leaves
1 cup of almond milk
1 cups of spring/alkaline water
1 Tbs real Canadian maple syrup
1 Tbs of raw wild bush honey
1-2 tablespoons (15-30ml) of E3Live

Option: to make this recipe even more ‘wild’ and green-tastic, read up on local herbs in your area and go for a forage!  Comfrey, Yellow Dock, Stinging Nettle, Plantain, Cat’s Ears, French Sorrel, Pineapple Sage, Cobbler’s Pegs (aka Farmer’s Friends), Sweet Potato Leaves, Strawberry Leaves…  there’s a whole world outside your window to explore (thank you to Imajical Ipharadisi for the suggestions!)

More about E3Live Australia

Founded in 2006 with the sole mission of “Helping others to help themselves” – E3Live Australia promote a conscious, healthy lifestyle which encourages personal development and well-being by offering a range of products which contain essential life-enhancing nutrients to strengthen both the body and mind. Several products backed by a one-year, 100% money-back guarantee

E3Live Australia offers staff  possessing majors in both Microbiology and Immunology, who are qualified to fully answer nutrition/wellness questions (on an everyday or Scientific level) that may assist with the many facets of life that impact biochemical wellbeing. In addition they have experience in natural therapies and modalities that span over twenty years throughout Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA, with access to the latest worldwide researched papers in health and wellness.




Superfood Green Smoothies


Superfoods are super-nutritious, not just with one or a few nutrients but many. For everyday use in green smoothies and for eating, I aim to use what I call super-wholefoods. My top 10 are not all smoothie friendly, however most are. They include quinoa, chia, sea vegetable, coconut, lemon, beetroot, lentils, leafy greens, avocado and berries. These wholefoods are bursting with nutrition and are easily added to my diet generally to ensure that I consume plenty of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, essentials fats and all essential amino acids.

I am also a fan of food based superfood formulas and powders such as maca, cacao, Kakadu plum, micro-algae, InLiven probiotic, Berry Radical Antioxidant and medicinal mushrooms.

Other superfoods and green smoothie friendly ingredients include lucuma, mesquite, noni, goji berries, mangosteen, MSM, bee pollen, hemp seeds and colloidal minerals.

David Wolfe is a superfood expert in the field of raw foods. He desires the most » Read more..

Green Powders



Given green smoothies are big on using fresh raw greens, the topic of using green powder scan be somewhat controversial. For some, using a green powder is what makes their green drink ‘green’, however for some green smoothie purists, its cheating.

I believe using a green powder has its place under certain circumstances, namley:

  • You have run out of greens – this does happen!
  • If variety of greens is limited
  • You have a brand that is reputable and of excellent quality
  • Traveling or staying with friends/family where having a smoothie may not even be an option

My choice is Deep Green Alkalising Superfood.

Deep Green is raw, vegan, and contains certified organic blue-green algae, green grass juices and leafy green vegetables. Specifically sprulina, cold-temperature dried alfalfa, barley, kamut, oat and wheat grass juice powders. Freeze-dried pure spinach, kale, parsley, collard, and nettle powders. » Read more..

Jemma’s really, really green smoothie

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Creator and Director of Naked Treaties Rawganics, Jemma Gawned has been a raw food and green smoothie advocate for the past 4 years. What started as a love of desserts and the desire the make delicious raw sweets for her and her friends, became a small business run from home in Melbourne. Now based in beautiful Byron Bay, Jemma continues to build her empire and provides her delectable raw treats to health food shops and cafes all around Australia.

These are Jemma's delicious superfood truffles

Jemma loves her green smoothies really green, not too thick, and very cleansing, so she tends to keep the denser superfoods like maca, cacao, lucuma and mesquite separate, instead eating plenty of those while she is making her naked treaties!

Jemma’s really, really green smoothie

Coconut water (yield from one young coconut)
3 or 4 massive handfuls of baby spinach
or a whole butter lettuce
or a whole medium sized cos/romaine lettuce
1 medium banana (or in summer replaced with a mango)
Small cup or either raspberries or strawberries
A passionfruit for some extra zing!

Extras Jemma may add include: bee pollen, BrainOn E3live (AFA blue green algae), fulvic acid, msm, colloidal magnesium, chlorella or barley grass and if she feels  like I need a hit of protein, she will add some vanilla Sunwarrior protein powder (raw vegan protein powder from rice).

Jemma has healed many ailments with green smoothies and her doctor was surprised to see that her B12 levels were higher than most meat eaters he sees, let alone a vegetarian! He asked her what she did to have such high B12 levels and she said she » Read more..



Oxidation, degradation, corrosion, tarnishing, rusting….these are all terms to describes similar processes that involves the breakdown of a substance due to a chemical reaction with its surroundings. The classic example is the rusting of iron into iron oxide by exposure to water. Because nature is always seeking balance or ‘homeostasis’ and energy conservation, the rusting of iron is nature’s way of trying to return the man-made metal form of iron, back to its more stable state that it exists in, in nature.

Antioxidant refers to anti-oxidation. ‘Oxidation’ is a term used in chemistry to describe the net loss of electrons from a molecule, atom or ion. The opposite is ‘reduction’ which refers to the net gain of electrons.  Electrons are tiny particles within an atom that have a negative charge (protons are positive).

Nature’s desire for homeostasis results in redox reactions. Redox (REDuction – OXidation) reactions occur in nature and the human body continuously.  For example, photosynthesis in plants involves taking carbon dioxide, water and » Read more..

Bee Pollen

bee pollen

Bee pollen is an amazing source of nutrients and cannot be man-made. Bees collect pollen from flowers, the pollen mixes with honey bought from the hive and is stored in pockets in the bees legs where it’s packed down to form a granule.  Bee-gathered pollens are taken back to the hive as a food source for the bees and are rich in protein (25-40% protein), free amino acids, hormones, fats, carbohydrates, lecithin, nucleic acids and vitamins including B-complex vitamins.

Bee pollen is considered one of the most complete foods in nature. It is alkaline, energising, is high in antioxidants, improves athletic performances, aids fertility, is easily absorbed and can help allergies by reducing the production of histamine.

Bee pollen can have allergenic reactions in people so must be used with caution. Using bee pollen in our smoothies has assisted with my husband’s hay fever. We started with » Read more..


InLiven Probiotic Superfood

If I could take one food or superfood to a desert island, it would be InLiven probiotic. Is has been instrumental in helping me conquer candida in my gut and I never go a day without it. I take 1 tsp in my smoothie every day and every three months, I take it 3 times a day for a week.

InLiven is the result of over 20 years research & development. It is a raw, certified organic, fermented, probiotic superfood acting as a four in one food based supplement:

1. A probiotic formula containing all 13 Lactobaccillus friendly bacteria and two strains of beneficial saccharomyces yeasts
2. A pre-biotic formula as it also contains malt liquid and molasses as an ongoing food source for the bacteria
3. A digestive enzymes formula when taken before meals (enzymes from the bacteria and the living whole foods in the formula)
4. A nutritional formula containing 20 amino acids including the 8 essentials, vitamins, minerals and trace elements from spirulina, grass powders, vegetables and grains. » Read more..

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