If you know us at all, you might have gathered that we are big fans of smoothies, especially nutritious ones like this Creamy Spirulina Green Smoothie. We talk about them throughout our podcasts, articles, and recipes (which I know you have all checked out…right? Right.)
Smoothies can be a great way to get in more fruits & veggies into your day. We often make one to nosh on during our commute or toss in some protein and enjoy after a nice, long sweat sesh. But the major key about smoothies is that you have to have the right balance of fruits, vegetables, fat, and protein to create a balanced smoothie.
Often smoothies takes a wrong turn when they are laden with fruit juices or are purely fruit based. Check out our recent podcast to hear some of the low down on sugars from fruit versus added sugars. Basically, fruit is great for you. But you don’t want to go over the top because they do have way more calories and carbs when compared to vegetables.
We balance out this smoothie by adding spinach, blueberries, banana, spirulina, avocado, and almond milk. The spinach is loaded with vitamin K, while the bananas and blueberries add potassium and vitamin C. The avocado adds balance with some healthy fats to keep you satiated.
And spirulina. Oh the lovely spirulina. Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae similar to seaweed – I know, I know, bear with me. It is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, and antioxidants. It has a earthy, mildly sea-water taste that doesn’t overpower the smoothie. The bonus is that it adds such beautiful color!
This Creamy Spirulina Green Smoothie is super simple to whip up. All you have to do is combine all the ingredients in a blender minus the chia and coconut chip toppings, blend until smooth, and serve! Top with your toppings, and you’re all set. Easy peasy! How many of you have had spirulina before? How about in a smoothie? Let us know what you think in the comments below! xoxo
Creamy Spirulina Green Smoothie
- 2 cups raw spinach
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1/2 banana
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 teaspoon spirulina
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup water
- Toppings: Unsweetened coconut chips & chia seeds
- Blend all ingredients except toppings until smooth
- Serve into 2 cups, and top with coconut chips and chia seeds for additional fiber and crunch!
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