Sweet Spirulina Smoothie


June 15, 2013

This sweet spirulina smoothie also contains chlorella and wheatgrass. Coconut meat, banana, and mint make this a sweet, creamy, delicious detox drink.

This sweet spirulina smoothie with chlorella and wheatgrass with coconut meat, almond milk, kale, banana, and mint is absolutely loaded with cleansing chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. This green smoothie is sweet and creamy, and will help you get these gross green powders into your diet and actually enjoy them!

I get thousands of emails asking how to incorporate green powders into smoothies without gagging.

Wheatgrass powder is relatively mild in flavor, so 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon goes into most blends with sweet fruits unnoticed.

Chlorella and spirulina are a lot more assertive, and with that pungent aquarium aroma, it’s best to start with 1/8 teaspoon and add to taste. Another way to mellow the murk is to add fresh mint, lemon, lime, apple, pineapple, mango, banana, and coconut meat.

But, don’t miss out of getting algae into your diet.

Chlorella contains more chlorophyll than any leafy green, and spirulina (a blue-green algae) contains a lot, too. Both algaes contain phycocyanin, a pigment that protects cells from oxidative damage. Both chlorella and spirulina oxygenate, alkalize, and purify the blood, cleanse the liver and skin, clear toxins from the bowels, and aid tissue growth and repair. Their chelators flush heavy metals and other environmental toxins, and offset the effects of radiation and chemotherapy. These awesome algae also act as prebiotics, feeding friendly bacteria for digestive health. Containing vitamins A, B, and K, iron, and about forty other minerals, chlorella and spirulina combat excessive inflammation and boost immunity.

Purchase chlorella and spirulina at health food stores or online. “Cracked wall” powders are the most digestible.

I use both chlorella and spirulina for diversity. You can also find mixed green powders that contain both in the mix.

In this smoothie, I’ve used a variety of chlorophyll-rich ingredients, and boosted the green powders with fresh green juice and liquid chlorophyll. I keep coconut meat, bananas, and spinach juice ice cubes in the freezer, so I can make this blend in a flash.

The Navitas Organics chia seeds and hemp seeds add more protein and omega-3’s for a real superfood boost. I prefer to sweeten this shake with stevia drops to keep the sugar content low. But, you can easily use a couple of chopped pitted dates if you prefer.

Either way, this sweet spirulina smoothie is loaded with alkaline forming chlorophyll, and is a great way to get those murky green powders into your diet.

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*Probiotic Powder – I add 1/2 teaspoon of probiotic powder to all smoothies to replenish stores of healthy bacteria for immunity, digestion, detox, and to balance the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and other sweeteners. The really potent probiotics require refrigeration. If you have capsules, break the shell and release the powder. Unsweetened probiotic-rich liquids like kefirs (water, coconut water, milk varieties) or kombucha make wonderful health-promoting additions to shakes, too.

*Celtic Sea Salt – I add a pinch (or more) of this alkalizing, mineral-rich salt to all smoothies to boost the natural flavor of fruits and veggies; temper the acidity of sweet fruits and sweeteners; stimulate the lymphatic system; replenish electrolytes; aid digestion; and help the body access energy. I do not recommend adding common table salt which is generally heated to extreme temperatures, iodized, bleached, processed, and refined. This salt does not have the same benefits. If you have a health condition that requires you to limit your sodium intake consult your doctor before adding salt to your smoothies.

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Sweet Spirulina Smoothie

This sweet spirulina smoothie also contains chlorella and wheatgrass. Coconut meat, banana, and mint make this a sweet, creamy, delicious detox drink.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 2 16-ounce glasses
Author Tess Masters

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (240ml) unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup (180g) raw young Thai coconut meat
  • 1 cup (25g) kale leaves
  • 1/4 cup (10g) firmly packed mint leaves
  • 1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon wheatgrass powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chlorella powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon spirulina powder
  • 10 drops alcohol-free peppermint-flavored or plain liquid stevia
  • Pinch of Celtic sea salt 
  • 1/2 teaspoon probiotic powder (optional, see notes)
  • 1 medium-sized frozen sliced banana
  • 2 cups (250g) ice cubes

optional boosters:

Instructions

  1. Throw everything into your blender (including any boosters) and blast on high for 30 to 60 seconds until smooth and creamy. 

Recipe Notes

*Probiotic Powder - I add 1/2 teaspoon of probiotic powder to all smoothies to replenish stores of healthy bacteria for immunity, digestion, detox, and to balance the acidic effects of high-sugar fruits and other sweeteners. The really potent probiotics require refrigeration. If you have capsules, break the shell and release the powder. Unsweetened probiotic-rich liquids like kefirs (water, coconut water, milk varieties) or kombucha make wonderful health-promoting additions to shakes, too.

*Celtic Sea Salt - I add a pinch (or more) of this alkalizing, mineral-rich salt to all smoothies to boost the natural flavor of fruits and veggies; temper the acidity of sweet fruits and sweeteners; stimulate the lymphatic system; replenish electrolytes; aid digestion; and help the body access energy. I do not recommend adding common table salt which is generally heated to extreme temperatures, iodized, bleached, processed, and refined. This salt does not have the same benefits. If you have a health condition that requires you to limit your sodium intake consult your doctor before adding salt to your smoothies.

Find more delicious smoothie recipes in The Blender Girl Smoothies app
Photo by Trent Lanz; styling by Alicia Buszczak

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