This rich, creamy, and refreshing Sea Moss Smoothie is a must-try. It’s anti-inflammatory and nutrient-dense, thanks to the inclusion of superfoods.  This is a delicious way to incorporate sea moss into your diet!

Has the term “sea moss” ever come up in your discussion? It’s rapidly becoming the health industry’s next big thing. If you’ve heard of sea moss supplements, you are probably wondering how they work and what are other ways to consume sea moss.

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What Is Sea Moss?

Sea moss, also called Irish moss or red seaweed, grows in tide pools and inlets throughout the year. It is frequently harvested in New England for its gelatinous carbohydrate carrageenan, used in baking and cosmetics.

On the other hand, sea moss is edible on its own and is commonly used to thicken stews and soups.  It’s also used in ice cream or other processed foods as a thickening as well as a stabilizing agent. Irish moss is also an excellent vegetarian and vegan substitute for gelatin in dishes and beverages.

Additionally, it is used to manufacture lotions and moisturizers, owing to its extensive medicinal properties.

Sea moss is available in various colors, including brown, yellow, green, purple, red, and black. The most common red type that grows in warmer waters is known as Irish moss.

Let’s examine the nutritional content and health benefits of this intertidal seaweed. Read More.

Sea Moss Nutrient and Health Benefits

Sea moss has a low calorie and fat content and contains a trace of protein. It is a good source of vitamins and minerals, as well as iodine and antioxidants.

Studies on seaweed and algae’s health benefits outnumber those on sea moss. Sea moss grows in similar environments, so some of these health benefits may also be implemented. However, more research on the effects of sea moss is needed.

The following are some of the most important potential advantages of using sea moss:

May Prevent Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease slows movement and causes tremors, stiffness, and sluggishness. There is currently no cure. However, preliminary research shows that sea moss can slow down Parkinson’s disease progression.

A study with worms found that sea moss extract decreased the accumulation of -synuclein and decreased slowness of movement and stiffness.

May Support Immune System

Supplemental seaweed was found to improve immune modulation and response in salmon in one study. However, scientists need to conduct additional research to determine whether it also promotes human immunity.

Beneficial For Thyroid Health

Seaweeds are a good source of iodine, a micronutrient required for normal thyroid function. As sea moss is also an excellent natural source of iodine like other seaweeds, it is beneficial for thyroid health.

May Support Gut Health

Seaweeds are high in live bacteria and fiber, both of which lead to a healthier gut microbiome.

May Benefit Heart Health

According to some studies, seaweed lowers LDL cholesterol, thinning blood, and potentially lowering the risk of cardiac disease.

May Help In Weight Loss

Seaweed and microalgae are high in fiber, which can help you feel satisfied and avoid overeating. In addition, fucoxanthin, a compound found in seaweed, has been shown to improve rats’ fat metabolism.

Anecdotal Fertility Benefits

Some people believe that sea moss aids fertility in both men and women and utilizes it as a form of traditional fertility treatment. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this claim. Therefore, scientists must conduct additional research into this.

May Benefit Diabetic

Fucoxanthin, a compound found in seaweed, was effective at lowering blood sugar levels in one study. Another study discovered that a seaweed compound called alginate protected pigs from experiencing blood sugar spikes.

More Does Not Necessarily Imply Better

While sea moss has several beneficial properties, excessive amounts can cause problems. If taken in excess, it may have a detrimental effect on your health. So try to take it in moderation. The recommended daily quantity of sea moss gel is 1-2 tbsp or 4–8 grams.

Ingredients Needed

  • Sea Moss Gel: Main ingredient, provides the smoothie’s base and creamy texture. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, contributing to the smoothie’s nutrient density. Click here to find out how to make your own sea moss gel!
  • Almond Milk: Provides a liquid base and adds creaminess.
  • Figs: Adds natural sweetness to the smoothie, reducing the need for additional sugar.
  • Dates: Adds natural sweetness and a caramel-like flavor to the sea moss smoothie.
  • Banana: Adds creaminess and a smooth texture to the smoothie.
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Sea Moss Smoothie Recipe

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until smooth. 

Transfer to a glass and serve immediately.

Recipe Tips

  • While it’s not necessary to soak the dried dates and figs, doing so for about 10 minutes can help soften them, making them easier to blend.
  • To make this drink dairy-free, I have used Almond milk. However, you can substitute it with your favorite or any other available plant-based milk, e.g., soy milk, hemp milk, coconut milk, oat milk, etc.
  • Some people prefer their smoothies chilled. If so, you can use frozen banana or chill the smoothie in the refrigerator for a while before serving.
  • While you can refrigerate any leftovers of this sea moss recipe for a few days, it’s best to enjoy this smoothie fresh. It has a more refreshing flavor when freshly made.

Substitutions and Variations

  • Add a mix of fresh or frozen berries (such as strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries) for a burst of fruity flavor and antioxidants.
  • Include tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, and coconut milk for a refreshing, exotic twist.
  • Boost the nutrition by adding a handful of spinach or kale for a green smoothie packed with vitamins and minerals.
  • Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder or chocolate protein powder for a chocolate-flavored variation. You can also use chocolate almond milk for extra richness.
  • Include a scoop of your favorite plant-based protein powder (e.g., pea protein, hemp protein) to increase the protein content.
  • Add a spoonful of chia seeds, flax seeds, or spirulina powder for an extra nutritional boost.

Storage Tips

Refrigeration: If you have any leftover smoothie, you can store it in an airtight container or a covered glass in the refrigerator. Properly stored, the smoothie should remain fresh for up to 2-3 days.

Shake Before Consumption: Before drinking the refrigerated smoothie, give it a good shake or stir as some separation may occur. This helps distribute the ingredients evenly.

Avoid Freezing: It’s generally not recommended to freeze this smoothie. Freezing may alter the texture and taste, and the sea moss gel may not retain its optimal quality after thawing.

Fresh is Best: Ideally, enjoy the Sea Moss Smoothie fresh, right after blending, to savor its most refreshing flavor and nutrient content.

Recipe FAQs

What is Irish Moss, and what are its health benefits?

Irish Moss, also known as sea moss or red seaweed, is a type of seaweed rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It is believed to have potential health benefits, such as supporting the immune system, thyroid health, and heart health.

How can I prepare Irish Moss for use in recipes?

To prepare Irish Moss, you typically need to clean and soak it to remove any debris and excess salt. Once cleaned, you can blend it into a gel, which can be used in various recipes.

What is the recommended daily intake of Irish Moss?

The recommended daily quantity of Irish Moss gel is typically 1-2 tablespoons or 4-8 grams. It’s important not to consume excessive amounts, as it may have negative effects.

Where can I find Irish Moss or sea moss products?

You can find Irish Moss in health food stores, specialty grocery stores, or online retailers. Make sure to purchase from reputable sources for quality and safety.

Other Seaweed Recipes

  1. Vegan Irish Moss Drink
  2. Kombu
  3. Copycat Trader Joe’s Japanese Fried Rice
  4. Nori Seaweed Benefits
  5. Raw Vegan Sushi

So, the next time you’re looking for a new way to spice up your routine, consider incorporating some Irish Sea moss! It’ll boost your nutrient intake and change things up a bit. Have fun blending!

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Nutrition

(Per serving)
  • Energy: 188 kcal / 786 kJ
  • Fat: 2.9 g
  • Protein: 2.6 g
  • Carbs: 41.1 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 5 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • For: 2 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place sea moss gel in a high-speed blender with almond milk, figs, dates, and banana.
  2. Process until smooth and creamy, enjoyQ
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.