Superfood Spirulina Smoothie

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This creamy coconut Spirulina Superfood Smoothie Recipe is made with fresh and simple ingredients for a balanced meal that can help improve digestion and reduce inflammation. Toss the ingredients in the blender for a healthy breakfast or easy snack that can be taken on-the-go! Paleo and Vegan options.

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The Prettiest Smoothie You Ever Did See

You guys know I’m all about nourishing recipes that help you look and feel your best, but it never hurts to make them pretty, too. Right? Seriously, if you’re looking for the perfect picture-worthy recipe to add to the Gram, this Spirulina Smoothie is just the thing for you! 

Of course, I’ve made plenty of green smoothies including this Key Lime Pie Smoothie and my Orange and Green Smoothies for Gut Health. However, none of them have Spirulina in them! I know this ingredient can be intimidating, but I promise it’s super easy to add to recipes, especially smoothies. To make the task less daunting, I went ahead and did it for you. You can thank me after you taste how incredibly delicious and, of course, nutritious this superfood smoothie tastes. 

That’s enough chatting, though. We’ve got smoothies to make! 

What is Spirulina?

Before you go adding spirulina into all your favorite recipes, it’s important to understand what it actually is. So, let’s get nerdy for a second. Spirulina is actually a type of cyanobacteria otherwise known as a spiral-shaped algae. Like plants, it produces energy from the sunlight using the process of photosynthesis. 

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It grows naturally in warm waters and has a blue-green color that contributes to the greenish hue of these waters. However, it is also cultivated and harvested in man-made reservoirs such as those off the coast of Hawaii. Not only is it beautiful, but spirulina is also one of the most nutrient-dense superfoods in the world! Yes, you read the right, but we’ve got more on that later. 

Spirulina Smoothie Ingredients & Their Benefits

Avocado – Avocados are full of healthy fats and rich in vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin K, folate, and vitamin C. They’re also loaded in fiber meaning they help keep you full and regulate your digestive system. 

Did you know? Avocados contain more potassium than bananas!

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Orange – As you probably already know, oranges are loaded with vitamin C. However, they’re also great sources of fiber, thiamine, folate, and antioxidants. As a result, they can help lower your risk of heart disease, prevent kidney stones, and protect against anemia. 

Kiwi – Tiny but mighty, kiwis are full of nutrients like vitamins C, K, E, folate, potassium, and fiber. They can be used to treat asthma, aid in digestion, and boost your immune system just to name a few amazing benefits. 

Ginger – Ginger is a nutrient-dense antioxidant that can prevent nausea, reduce inflammation, relieve symptoms of osteoarthritis, lower blood sugar, and more! 

Plant-Based Milk – For this Spirulina Smoothie, I recommend using either almond or coconut milk both of which can be used to help reduce inflammation. 

Maple Syrup – Often mistaken for a simple sugar replacement, maple syrup gets a bad wrap. However, while it’s super tasty, it also comes loaded with antioxidants that can fight inflammation, protect against cancer, and boost your immunity among other great benefits. 

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Spirulina – Spirulina is an excellent plant-based source of protein! In fact, a single tablespoon contains 4 grams of protein and contains 8 out of the 10 essential amino acids our bodies need to properly function. Plus, it’s packed with B vitamins, iron, and minerals. As a result, it can help lower LDL Triglyceride levels, lower blood pressure, protect against anemia, improve muscle strength, and so much more. I told you it was a superfood! Check out all the incredible health benefits here

How to Make a Spirulina Smoothie

Making this superfood smoothie is so easy, you probably don’t even need instructions. All you have to do is place all the ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. However, just because we want you to have the best smoothie-making experience, we’re giving you a few pointers for a super smooth smoothie that looks perfect every time. 

For example, this recipe calls for 12-15 ounces of almond or coconut milk, but the perfect amount is based on your preferences. If you like to sip your smoothies and prefer them on the thinner side, go ahead and add all 15 ounces. However, if you prefer to make thicker smoothie bowls, stick closer to 12 ounces. 

Also, for even thicker smoothies feel free to add a scoop of your favorite protein powder or chia seeds! To reduce the amount of ingredients needed, you can even opt for a protein powder with spirulina included. Nutrex is my favorite. 

Pro-Tip: If you opt for a thick smoothie bowl, take advantage of the unique colors, and add fun toppings such as coconut flakes, sliced fruit, or crushed nuts! 

Also, if you want to create the pretty green and turquoise swirls as shown in the picture, pour your smoothie into a cup and add a dash of milk. Then, place a fork into the middle of the cup, and swirl it around until you’re satisfied with the colors. Blue, green, and any combination in-between, you’ll end up with a smoothie almost too beautiful to drink – almost! 

Common Spirulina Smoothie Questions

Can You Taste Spirulina in Smoothies?
Mild in flavor, spirulina is virtually tasteless when combined with other flavorful fruits and vegetables in superfood smoothies. 

How much spirulina should I put in smoothies?
Given how nutrient dense spirulina is, a little goes a long way. 1 to 2 teaspoons (3-5 grams) is all you need!

Is spirulina safe for kids to eat?
While this topic may seem controversial, spirulina is completely safe in smaller doses than those used by adults and has incredible health benefits for growing children as it can boost their immune and cardiovascular systems! Just be sure to purchase your spirulina from an ethical source to ensure that it is not contaminated with any chemicals or bacteria. 

What fruits go well with spirulina?
The key to making tasty spirulina smoothies is to add sweet fruits like mangos, bananas, and pineapples. You don’t want blander produce such as berries or melons as your smoothie could end up tasting a bit too earthy. 

Can I make this Spirulina Smoothie ahead of time? 
Feel free to make this smoothie a few hours in advance, and store it in the fridge. Or, if you want to prep your smoothies farther in advance, make smoothie packs by placing your ingredients in Ziploc bags and storing them in the freezer. Then, when you’re ready, place them in the blender with your liquid of choice, and blend away! 

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Spirulina Superfood Smoothie {Paleo, Vegan}



  • Author:
    Lindsay Cotter

  • Prep Time:
    5 minutes

  • Cook Time:
    0 minutes

  • Total Time:
    5 minutes

  • Yield:
    2 smoothies

  • Diet:
    Vegan

Description

Spirulina Superfood Smoothie is made with fresh and simple ingredients for a balanced meal that can help improve digestion and reduce inflammation. Toss the ingredients in the blender for a healthy breakfast or easy snack that can be taken on-the-go! Paleo and Vegan options.


Ingredients

  • 1 small avocado or half a large avocado (~ 150 grams)
  • 1 small orange or kiwi (peeled, sliced)
  • 1 to 2 strips of fresh ginger root (1 Tablespoon grated)
  • 12 to 15 ounces almond or coconut milk (the less you use, the thicker it is)
  • 12 Tablespoons maple syrup
  • 12 teaspoons spirulina powder (around 35 grams)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Optional – pinch of cardamom
  • Optional plant protein powder
  • Optional chia seed or topping of choice

Instructions

  1. Peel your avocado and remove the core. Place in a blender, adding the orange or kiwi, grated ginger, non-dairy milk, maple syrup, spices, and spirulina on top.
  2. Blend until smooth and pour into two glasses.
  3. Optional: Add a dash of coconut milk then place a fork in the middle of the cup to “swirl” together if you want that effect.
  4. Optional – For thicker smoothies and extra protein, add in 1 Tablespoon chia seed or 1 scoop protein powder.

Notes

If you are looking for a protein/spirulina combo, we used Nutrex.

  • Category: drinks
  • Method: blend
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: superfoods, superfood smoothies, spirulina, healthy drinks

That’s it, ya’ll! It doesn’t get much easier than this Spirulina Smoothie. If you have any more spirulina questions, ask away in the comments below. 

Cheers!

LC

 

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