Spirulina is a blue-green algae (though that is a misnomer for cyanobacteria — a photosynthesizing bacteria) that can be found in healthy places like the ocean and Whole Foods. In dry, powdered form, it’s a deep, rich forest green and reminds me of a high-quality dry tempera paint. Once blended into a green smoothie, it delivers a grassy, slightly bitter flavor that is best matched by some yogurt and honey. Spirulina is high in iron and may help reduce your allergies. One tablespoon has about 2 milligrams of iron and 4 grams of protein.
This ultra-green spirulina smoothie recipe combines spirulina with aloe vera juice (good for digestive health) and fresh spinach and strawberries for a dose of vitamin C, plus some flax seed and nutritional yeast for Omega oils and B-vitamins. This smoothie is a powerhouse! And it doesn’t taste too bad, either.
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- ¼ cup aloe vera juice
- ¼ cup spinach leaves, packed
- 5-6 frozen strawberries
- 1 tablespoon spirulina powder
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon flax seed
- 1-2 teaspoons honey
- Combine all in a blender and puree.