The best way to start the day is with a healthy, filling and nutritious smoothie. This mermaid green smoothie contains superfood, spirulina, packing it with essential amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It takes a few minutes to make and is so good for you.
The base for this smoothie is homemade oat milk. I toasted old fashioned oats in a dry pan for a couple of minutes, then make milk from it by adding it to a blender with water. You can totally use store bought oat milk, or any other non dairy milk for this recipe, like coconut, cashew or almond milk. If you want to skip the milk entirely, just add water. Once the oat milk is made, I added a banana, blueberries, spinach, one medjool date for sweetness, cucumber, and of course, spirulina to the blender. Within a couple of minutes I have a super healthy breakfast, thats packed with wholesome goodness.
For this recipe, I use frozen blueberries so the smoothie is cold enough to enjoy right away. You can use fresh ingredients, but then chill the smoothie before serving, or add ice to the blender.
So exactly what is spirulina? Spirulina is a blue-green algae that grows in water, believed to detoxify the body, hence why it is considered a superfood. Spirulina's nutritional profile is high in protein and vitamin content. It contains B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and folate, amongst many more.
Spirulina doesn't have a strong taste when added to a smoothie. If eaten on its own, it kind of tastes like seaweed or the ocean! It has a vibrant green color and I often use it as food coloring, due to its subtle flavor. (It works so well in this recipe) Spirulina can be bought from most large grocery stores and health shops. I have linked some above.
Have you tried spirulina before? I would love to hear how you consume it!
Energizing Spirulina Smoothie
Prep Time: 2 min Total Time: 5 mins Yield: 2 servings
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats with
1 cup water (or 1 cup plant based milk)
1/2 cup blueberries
1 medium banana
1 handful of spinach
1 medjool date, pitted
1/2 cup sliced cucumber, skin on
1 teaspoon of spirulina
Toast 1/2 cup of rolled oats on medium flame in a pan for a couple of minutes until fragrant.
Add the toasted oats to a blender with 1 cup of water and blitz until smooth. Alternatively, use a plant based milk and skip these steps.
Add the rest of the ingredients into the blender and let it run for a couple of minutes, until the mix is completely smoothie.
Serve and enjoy!
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