Spirulina though confused with a plant is actually bacteria. It’s a cynobacteria (blue bacteria) which has a whole host of health benefits. Spirulina, a natural algae product is incredibly high in protein, in fact it has the highest concentration of protein (by dry weight) than any other food, consisting of 65-71% of protein depending on the variety. It contains all the essential amino acids making it a complete protein and is a good source of antioxidants, B-vitamins and other nutrients.
It is however potent tasting, so you want to go easy on the amount you’re using. I go for ½ to 1 teaspoon of spirulina so it doesn’t overpower the smoothie. Start with 1/2 teaspoon, taste and add more if you want. I used this green spirulina for this spirulina smoothie bowl, but any would work it would just alter the colour of the smoothie. For an added boost I included some Maca Powder which is great for recovery and hemp seeds for added protein.
It’s not the tastiest smoothie bowl I’ve made; but it’s really good for you and simple to make.
Green Spirulina Smoothie Bowl
- 1/2 C almond milk
- 1 banana peeled, sliced and frozen
- 1 tsp spirulina powder
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/2 tsp maca powder
- fruit and coconut chips for topping
- Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth
- Top with fruit and coconut flakes. Eat immediately
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Zissy is the co-founder of Nutreats. She likes to make things, do things and wear things.