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If you’re looking for a delicious and super healthy way to start your day, look no further than this easy spirulina blueberry smoothie recipe.
This recipe uses simple ingredients such as spinach, blueberries, coconut water and banana for a quick and nutritious vegan meal replacement or snack. Give it a try as a meal replacement or quick snack.
Why We Love This Easy Spirulina Blueberry Smoothie
Our family of six loves smoothies, and we really love it when we can sneak in an extra boost of nutrients, like you do when you add green spirulina powder to a smoothie.
We love that this smoothie is so simple, healthy and delicious!
We like to have this as a snack most of the time. If we decide to do this smoothie in the morning we often will add a scoop of protein powder to help keep us full until the next meal.
Ingredients in Our Favorite Spirulina Smoothie
Blueberries are super healthy thanks to their antioxidant profile. They are also a good source of fiber, which can help with digestion.
You can use either frozen or fresh blueberries in this smoothie. We will often use frozen because fresh aren’t in season here very long and the ones from the store in the off season just don’t taste as good to us.
We love using spinach in smoothies because it’s an easy way to add more greens into our diet. Plus, it doesn’t affect the flavor of the smoothie too much.
We buy baby spinach in large containers and use it fresh in our smoothies, but if we don’t eat it fast enough we will freeze it. (See how to freeze spinach for smoothies here). Use fresh or frozen.
The banana in this smoothie is the sweetener. We have tried it with and without the banana and prefer it with. If you don’t want to use banana, you can try another sweetener like honey, dates or maple syrup.
Bananas are great sources of potassium and fiber. They are also a good source of vitamin C.
We add spirulina powder to many of our smoothies because it’s a great way to add more protein and nutrients. Spirulina is a blue green algae that is often referred to as a superfood.
It’s high in protein and vitamins, and has a host of other health benefits. (You can read more about the health benefits of spirulina here.)
One word of caution about spirulina is that it’s easy to add too much. If you’re new to spirulina, add a half teaspoon and work up to the full teaspoon as it has a unique flavor.
Coconut water is a great source of electrolytes and has a refreshing taste. It’s perfect for smoothies, especially in the warmer months.
If you don’t have coconut water, you could use water or another type of juice. We have also used almond milk in place of the coconut water with good results.
How to Blend a Perfect Bluberry Spirulina Smoothie
To make this smoothie, you will need a blender. We have a Vitamix and love it, but any good quality blender will work. I use the Vitamix when making large portions for the family, and my Nutribullet Pro when I am making one or two servings.
If you have never made a smoothie before, don’t worry, it’s easy! Simply add all of the ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.
Start with the liquid, then add the banana, spinach and spirulina. Top with the blueberries. If you are using frozen blueberries, add them last so they don’t stick to the sides of the blender.
Blend on high until smooth. If your blender has a tamper, use it to help move things along if needed.
Pour into glasses and enjoy!
You can make this smoothie ahead of time and store it in the fridge for a quick and easy snack or meal replacement. If you do this, I recommend only making enough for one or two servings as it doesn’t keep well for long (usually 24 hours).
How to Customize this Healthy Smoothie Recipe
This recipe is easily customizable to fit your needs. Here are a few ideas:
Add more or less spirulina to taste. If you are new to spirulina, start with a half teaspoon and work up to the full teaspoon as it has a unique flavor.
If you don’t have coconut water, you could use water or another type of juice. We have also used almond milk, coconut milk and even yogurt and water in place of the coconut water with good results.
Try adding other fruit or vegetables to this smoothie. Some ideas include: fresh berries, mango, pineapple, carrots, kale, etc. Wild blueberry is an excellent choice in place of its cultivated cousin. (You can find these frozen at most grocery stores). Frozen fruit gives a creamier texture than fresh fruit.
You can add nut butter such as peanut butter or almond butter for healthy fat and protein.
We often add a scoop of protein powder if using as a meal replacement. Vanilla is our favorite choice!
If you find the banana a little too sweet, add a splash of lemon juice.
For a sweeter smoothie, add more banana or use another type of sweetener like honey, dates or maple syrup.
If you want a thicker smoothie, add more frozen banana or use frozen fruits and vegetables, or try oats, chia seeds or hemp seeds. It’s easy to turn this smoothie into a blue smoothie bowl this way, and fun to add toppings, too!
Try swapping out the green spirulina powder for blue spirulina powder – it’s a fun, vibrant blue and is also full of health benefits.
Easy Spirulina Blueberry Smoothie
- blender high speed is best
- Measuring Equipment
- 1/2 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 banana frozen is best
- 1 tsp spirulina powder
- 1 cup coconut water
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy!
- If you are making ahead of time, only make enough for one or two servings as it doesn't keep well for long. Enjoy within 24 hours for best results.
This Easy Spirulina Blueberry Smoothie is a delicious and healthy way to get more greens into your diet. Just four simple vegan ingredients and you have a nutrient-rich meal or snack.
Have you ever tried spirulina? What’s your favorite way to use it?
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