How to get your healthy greens?
Mix spirulina into your smoothie once in a while – for some awesome health benefits! Spirulina is nowadays hyped as THE superfood – but why?
So, let´s take a closer look at the research
Spirulina is a microalgae, mostly sold as a powder.
Per gram it has the most variety of nutrients than any other food in the world. Research shows that
- Spirulina has 3900% more beta carotene than carrots
- Spirulina has 2300% more iron than spinach
- Spirulina has 375% more protein than tofu
- Three grams of Spirulina have more antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity than five servings of vegetables
- Comparing phytonutrient levels, Spirulina is 31 times more potent than blueberries, 60 times more potent than spinach and 700 times more potent than apples*
So, with these benefits in mind, let´s get into our healthy smoothie, shall we?
Ingredients (for 2 big smoothie bowls)
- 2 Bananas
- ½ Pineapple
- 1 apple
- 6 leaves of spinach
- ½ cucumber
- ½ avocado
- 200 ml soy milk
- 2 teaspoons of spirulina powder (find more info where to get it from at the end of my post!)
- 1 Tablespoon of hemp seeds
- 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds
- 1 Tablespoon of flax seeds
- A handful of raisins
- Soy yoghurt
- ½ banana
- Hemp seeds
I love spirulina as it has so many health benefits and gets me to develop new awesome smoothie recipes nearly every day. I love to drink this one after my work out to get a real energy boost after sweating in the gym for 2 hours. This spirulina smoothie gets you a lot of your healthy greens as well as some sweetness with the soy yoghurt and the bananas on top.
The smoothie is pretty self-explanatory. Put all the ingredients listed above in your blender. I would suggest blending the bananas, pineapple, apple and cucumber first as they usually take some time to process. Add the soymilk to blend everything smoothly together. Then add all your other ingredients and blend them up one more time! Soon you´ll have your delicious green spirulina smoothie you can then transfer into a bowl now.
For the toppings, slice up some dates up and mix them into your soy yoghurt. Dates are an awesome alternative to sugar when it comes to adding a bit of sweetness to your food. In this case, the sweet yoghurt was the perfect combination to my green smoothie bowl. Add some cinnamon to taste into your yoghurt as well to round it all up. Then you can assemble the bowl the way you see it below! Top it with your yoghurt, the banana, walnuts and a sprinkle of hemp seeds.
Now you´re ready to go! Enjoy, after a work-out, as breakfast or just in between – this smoothie will keep you energized for a long time!
*Sources: The Medical Research of Spirulina: http://www.cyanotech.com/pdfs/spirulina/Spirulina_Abstracts.pdf
**I bought my spirulina at Ecocentre Supermercado Vegano in Barcelona https://www.ecocentre.cat/
***My spirulina was from el Granero integral https://www.elgranero.com/mejorar/propiedades-del-alga-spirulina/7