New Year, new smoothie! I think I’ve said this about a million times, I get the majority of my nutrition in my daily smoothie, so I’m always looking for new ingredients to boost it’s effectiveness. If I can make it taste good as well, it’s a win! I love this spirulina/banana smoothie! It’s quick, easy and that green is stunning, right?!
Spirulina is a blue/green algae that is cultivated mainly in fresh water environments. It is known as a superfood because of it’s impressive nutrition profile. It is super high in antioxidants and actually has 4x more then berries! It is extremely detoxing and a powerful inflammation reducer! It is also high in B vitamins and minerals like iodine, beta-carotene, antioxidants, iron, and manganese. It’s 60% protein and a complete protein at that, containing all essential amino acids! One tablespoon has 4 grams of protein!
Spirulina is also high in chlorophyll. We discussed the benefits chlorophyll has on your health HERE. And by the way-I am still drinking my chlorophyll in my water every day. It’s one of the easiest ways to nourish your body as well as detox. I use THIS chlorophyll.
Spirulina also is very detoxifying and alkalizes the body.
- Fights aging due to a high content of antioxidants
- Kills bacteria
- Relieves inflammation
- Contains chlorophyll
- Reduces dark circles
- Alkalizes the body
1 cup almond milk
1 TSP.-1 TBSP. Spirulina (find it HERE)
1 TBSP. chia seeds (find them HERE)
1-2 handfuls of raw spinach
You might be wondering how spirulina tastes. Honestly, on it’s own it tastes like ass. Or what I would imagine an ass would taste like. It’s got that strange taste of seaweed. In a smoothie and especially with a banana, it is pretty much undetectable. I suggest you start out with 1 tsp. and work up to 1 tbsp. Spinach actually has little to no flavor in smoothies. 1 handful is super safe-2 handfuls is no big deal. Adding a banana to smoothies is a great way to mask any “green” flavors. Bananas do add more sugar then I like but they boost creaminess and flavor quite nicely.
Almond milk is highly nutritious. It’s a great substitute for cow’s milk but yet much lower in calories and carbs. It actually contains a great amount of vitamins and minerals and tastes great! You could do coconut milk or cashew milk if you prefer.
Try this smoothie! It’s 100% plant based and will boost not only your health but also your energy as well!! Spirulina is easy to find (find it HERE) and affordable! I’ve also added it into DIY skin care HERE and HERE!
Thanks for the reminder about spirulina…I go on kicks with it and then forget it. And spinach is definitely the best green to add if you don’t want to really taste it. It’s so mild! I am the one person in the world that can’t stand bananas (taste, texture, smell…everything about them) but love adding spinach to other blends!
It is really good smoothie because as your mentioned above it is having 60% of protein. I think it a best natural energy booster.