Spirulina is an extremely nutritious blue-green algae that’s high in B vitamins and minerals like iodine, beta-carotene, antioxidants, iron, and manganese. It’s also 60% protein and a complete protein, containing all essential amino acids – 1 Tablespoon boasts 4 g protein.
So what’s the big deal? Spirulina is a very concentrated source of vitamins and minerals and also very detoxifying and alkalizing to the body, which is why it’s considered a “super food” in many circles.
What does it taste like? Eaten directly, it has a somewhat unpleasant taste – kind of like seaweed. But, when thrown into smoothies or desserts, it’s undetectable
1 medium ripe banana
1/2 cup sliced cucumber (organic when possible // skin on)
3/4 - 1 cup light coconut milk or other non-dairy milk (less for thicker smoothie, more for thinner smoothie)
1 cup spinach or chopped kale
1 tsp spirulina powder*
1 Tbsp hemp seed (optional // or sub chia seeds or vegan protein powder)
To a blender, add banana, cucumber, coconut milk, spinach, spirulina, and hemp seed. Blend until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides (or using smoothie wand) as needed.
f too thick, thin with water or more coconut milk. If too thin, thicken with ice or more banana. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more banana for sweetness, cucumber for freshness, or greens or spirulina for green color.
Serve immediately and top with fresh blueberries