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December 9, 2010

Purple Power Stock-It-Up Smoothie

Intros and Inspirations

Lost any blood lately? Whether you scraped your knee, are minus an appendage, or it’s your time of the month, this smoothie’s got you covered.

Iron, calcium, and yum yum: the perfect trio if you’re down a pint.

History of Dish

With origins in Brazil then brought to the US in the 60’s in the awakening health movement, the smoothie has been referred to as a “politically correct shake.”

This might be my own interpretation/historical account, but “Smoothie” rhymes with “hippie” and can be placed in songs together seamlessly. The word also allows one to express their often repressed desire to talk baby talk.

PC or punk rock, the Purple Power Stock-It-Up would be just what your doctor ordered, if you had health insurance.


Three modest-sized servings, two less modest servings, or one gluttonous purple colored debauchery.

This is how much you will have. 1.75 cups. Is this a pint? Someone from England, help.


  • 1 cup soy milk (calcium!)
  • ½ cup fresh kale (calcium!)
  • 4-5 frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 Tablespoons Black Strap Molasses (calcium! Iron!)
  • 1 Tablespoon almond butter (calcium!)

Blend until smooth.


Did you know that 1 Tablespoon of Black Strap Molasses has 20% of the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of both iron AND calcium? And a heck of a lot of potassium, more than a banana?

Beyond that, it sweetens...making this smoothie a shake, taste-wise.

If you’re having trouble seeing after your injury/blood loss, the 100% RDA of Vitamin A from the Kale should help. Not to mention the off-the-chart (if you were using a chart just now) Vitamin K, there to help your calcium absorb.

For more nutritional info, check out this site.

Now YOU: What's your favorite smoothie combo?


  1. Eleni - you absorb iron better if taken with Vit C, so replace the soy milk with OJ and you'll get even more out of this bad boy!

  2. This looks yummo! It took me like 5 mins to figure out that one pic was a blender shot. LOL! Our smoothies usually contain- wheat grass powder (which is GF), frozen organic berries, banana, and apple or orange juice. Sometimes we sub in other things. I would like to try the smoothie that you posted. We have molasses!

  3. I'm fighting off an awesome round of anemia, so I think I've found my new breakfast!