I’m really excited to share with you my smoothie recipe for the newest superfood that I’ve added to my diet… Spirulina! Spirulina is a powdered form of blue green algae, packed with protein, antioxidants, iron, calcium and vitamins! This is really a great superfood for vegetarians… only problem is, some people find that the taste is very strong. BUT, the good news is: I have figured out a couple of tricks to help you incorporate this awesome superfood into your smoothie, and it won’t taste like you’re drinking blue green algae at all! But first, a couple of interesting nutritional benefits of Spirulina:
Spirulina is 60 -70% protein. 100 g of spriulina contains 57 g of protein. To compare, 100 grams of beef contains only 26 g of protein!
Iron is important for energy, your integumentary system, and your immune system. 1-2 teaspoons of spirulina contains up to 22% of your daily recommended intake of iron.
Spirulina contains antioxidants such as beta-carotene and lutein. These carotenoids are potent antioxidants, which means they help prevent oxidative damage due to free radicals, which we are exposed to every day.
Calcium is of course very important for building and maintaining healthy, strong bones. Spirulina is high in calcium (120 mg calcium per 100 g spirulina).
Spirulina contains high doses of vitamins B, D, C and E. Its a natural multivitamin!
I did some experimenting and found the perfect combination for this green superfood smoothie! You won’t even know that your drinking blue-green algae, I promise! The trick is to add 1 drop of peppermint essential oil, and it will taste more like a refreshing, yummy peppermint tea. Peppermint essential oil is also great for your digestion, and will add a cooling, fresh taste to your smoothie. Give it a try and be sure to comment and let me know if you like spirulina, or if you discover any other tips to making the perfect Greenest of Green smoothie! Here’s my recipe:
Spirulina Superfood Smoothie:
- 1 peeled lemon
- 1 orange
- 1 banana
- A handful of kale or spinnach
- 1 tsp. spirulina
- 1 tsp chia seeds (for an extra boost of protein)
- 1 – 2 cups water
- 1 drops Young Living Peppermint essential oil *It is important to make sure your essential oils are therapeutic grade and can be ingested – see below for more info*
- 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup if you find it needs sweetening
Blend and Enjoy!
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