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Spirulina Smoothie

Spirulina Smoothie

There are always those days when you wake up in the morning and find yourself a little tired or in need of a quick recharge to conquer your day. This amazing 3 minute spirulina smoothie is just the thing to help! Seriously, there are few better ways to give your body some love in the early hours than drinking this. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen a downright embarrassing number of spirulina smoothie bowl shots over the past few weeks, but this really is my new favorite thing!

 

Spirulina is not something that I ever had in my kitchen before changing my diet, but it’s since become a staple. It’s a freshwater algae that adds such a cool green color to your smoothie that it basically announces to your body that something fantastic is coming its way. Spirulina is great for morning smoothies because it’s actually a complete plant-based protein, which means that it, like quinoa, contains all your amino acids. This is fantastic if you’re eating plant-based meals because most grains and legumes only contain half of the amino acids you need. Spirulina is also fantastic for gut health and is a great way to kick-start your digestion in the morning (always a good thing). It has four times the antioxidants of blueberries as well which is just nuts. Its high levels of chlorophyll are also great for detoxing and removing heavy metals from your blood.

I love it with an extra-ripe banana and a date or two for sweetness, kale, coconut water (though you can use almond milk if you’d like a more substantial smoothie), flax, cinnamon, blueberries, and ginger. The ginger adds a fantastic flavor and is just something that I love in my smoothie. Feel free to leave it out if you prefer a milder smoothie, but I personally just love the extra zing it gives the flavor and nutrient power of the smoothie! Add some brown rice protein powder as well if you’re looking for a post-workout smoothie.

You can make it with either coconut water, water, or almond milk. I personally prefer coconut water, but try it with all three! Water will make it very light, but almond milk will give a lot of body. Coconut water falls in between in terms of body and sweetness. 

This recipe also makes a fantastic smoothie bowl! My trick is to just add slightly less coconut water, water, or almond milk, whatever you’re using, so it’s nice and thick. Top with amazing ingredients like bananas, flax, cinnamon, goji berries, and bee pollen for extra beauty in your meal.

Spirulina Smoothie
Serves 1
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 ripe banana
  2. 2 medjool dates
  3. 2 cups kale
  4. 1 centimeter fresh ginger, peeled
  5. 1 teaspoon flax seed
  6. ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  7. ½ cup frozen blueberries
  8. 1 teaspoon spirulina powder
  9. 1 cup coconut water or water
Optional
  1. 1 tablespoon brown rice protein powder
Instructions
  1. It’s so simple to make this smoothie. Just put everything in your blender for about 1 minute or two until combined, then pour into a glass or jar and you’ve got breakfast!
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