This delicious green spirulina smoothie is loaded with nutrients and masks the unique taste of spirulina with whole food ingredients. It’s dairy free, gluten free, can easily be vegan, and is an absolute must-make!
The Best Green Spirulina Smoothie
I can’t believe in the years that I’ve been writing the blog I still haven’t posted a spirulina smoothie recipe, so today’s the day my friends! I included a delicious spirulina smoothie in my 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse that many people who have tried the cleanse absolutely love so it was definitely time to bring a delicious, nutrient-dense spirulina smoothie to the blog. Also, my Lemon Ginger Detoxifying Smoothie has been getting crazy amounts of love so it’s clear to me…you all love your smoothies!
This tasty, deep green smoothie combines a wonderful array of naturally sweet whole food ingredients that work together to mask the somewhat funky taste of spirulina powder. You might be wondering at this point…
What is Spirulina?
Spirulina or spirulina powder is made from a natural blue green algae and used primarily as a dietary supplement for humans (and even animals). It has many health benefits including the regulation of blood sugar levels, lowering of cholesterol levels and blood pressure, and improving cardiovascular health. It has also been researched in relation to improving allergy symptoms as an anti-inflammatory compound and improving mental health because it is a source of tryptophan!
How To Make A Spirulina Smoothie:
There are many ways to make a delicious spirulina smoothie and you can find several variations on Pinterest or Google, but here is how I make my favourite (and what I think is the best…haha) green spirulina smoothie. There are only a few main ingredients needed and then liquid, added healthy fats, and protein which is optional! Here’s what you’ll need:
- banana, I used frozen to help give the smoothie a cold, creamy texture
- mango, frozen
- spinach, fresh or frozen
- spirulina powder
- natural orange juice, unsweetened and preferably organic
- plant milk of choice, I used oat milk for this recipe
- avocado or almond butter, both add a nice dose of healthy fats
- collagen peptides or vanilla plant-based protein powder of choice, optional, but recommended for nutritional balance!
Where To Buy Spirulina:
Spirulina can be found at most natural health food stores or organic grocery stores or can be found easily online on Amazon or other online health retailers such as iHerb or Well.
Can You Taste Spirulina in Smoothies?
To be totally honest, spirulina powder does have an interesting…kind of funky flavour and smell, so you might be turned off when you open the container and get a whiff, it’s been said to taste kind of like lake water which isn’t a surprise considering it is sourced from the sea. But don’t fret, here’s the good part – when you add it to a smoothie with an abundance of naturally sweet fruits, it masks the flavour completely, giving the spirulina smoothie just a slightly earthy flavour that’s barely noticeable among the sweet, delicious fruits.
How Much Spirulina Powder To Put In a Smoothie:
When it comes to amounts, a little goes a long way with spirulina powder. I used only 1 teaspoon for this recipe which makes two smoothie servings. A typical serving size might be around 2 teaspoons which to me seems like a lot, so really anywhere between 1/2 teaspoon to 2 full teaspoons would be the amount to add to a smoothie, although with the higher amount you’ll be more likely to taste the powder. The powder is so dense in nutrients and colour, sticking with a smaller amount is just fine and especially a good idea when you are just starting with spirulina.
If this green spirulina smoothie takes you a bit out of your comfort zone then that’s a great thing! It’s always nice to try new, healthy foods that can benefit the body, and what a better time than the new year! If you are a seasoned spirulina vet, then you’ll just love this recipe! I’d love to know… have you tried spirulina before? Do you use it all the time or are you a newbie? Tell me about it in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later!
Have a wonderful Sunday!
Christal // NITK