I am a green smoothie lover. If I make a smoothie, I’m throwing spinach or kale in it. Why? Because it’s the easiest way to boost nutrition. Dark, leafy greens, like spinach and kale, have so much iron and protein. Balanced out with frozen fruit, creamy banana and a hint of lemon – you won’t even taste the earthy goodness. But today’s recipe is not your average green smoothie recipe.
We’re getting a little tropical. Coconut milk. Pineapple. Banana. Spirulina. I know what you’re thinking, but hang tight. You won’t taste that bitter, earth and sea flavor. Promise.
What is spirulina? I’m glad you asked. Spirulina is a type of algae, that is commonly bought in a powdered form. It’s a deep bluish green color and smells a bit like grass and dirt. Why would you eat it then? Spirulina is packed with nutrients, like vitamins B and E, iron, magnesium, omega fatty acids and even protein. It boosts your immune system, promotes liver health and can help with allergies. Where do you buy it? You can buy it on amazon, in any health food store, or Whole Foods Market. I found mine at TJ Maxx, but that’s hit or miss.
Spirulina is the secret ingredient in my Not Your Average Green Smoothie recipe. You’re probably asking what it actually tastes like, since I’m promising that it doesn’t taste like grass. It tastes like a piña colada sans rum. But we both know how to fix that.
Not Your Average Green Smoothie
This tropical smoothie gets its green color from spirulina powder – packed with iron, protein and tons of vitamins and minerals. Want an extra boost? Increase the spirulina powder to 1 tablespoon.
- 1 cup coconut milk (I recommend the carton variety, canned has a lot of fat, but if it’s all you have do 1/2 cup canned milk with 1/2 cup water)
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup frozen pineapple
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen apple
- 1 1/2 teaspoons spirulina powder
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 2-3 minutes.
Looking for some other not-so-average green smoothies? Try this Anti-Inflammatory Green Chia Gel.