Spirulina Smoothie

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Some days we all just need an extra boost of health and this beautiful glass of green goodness is the best way to get it. Finishing this smoothie is seriously one of the most amazing, empowering feelings as you know that you’ve just taken in everything that your body needs and that you’re treating yourself with so much sef-love, which is so important for a healthy happy attitude. If you’re new to healthy eating and are yet to try a green smoothie, just do it – I know that it initially seems so daunting to drink something this colour but trust me, you’ll get addicted to them soon enough! I never thought that I’d be drinking classes of broccoli, avocado and spinach for breakfast before I started my healthy eating adventure but now I just can’t get enough! Don’t worry though, this recipe doesn’t go as far as to contain broccoli and thanks to the blueberries and banana it’s actually nice and sweet so it’s the perfect introduction to green smoothies. It will also give you so much goodness you’ll be glowing and dancing around the room with incredible energy all morning! It literally doses you up on every vitamin and mineral that you could possibly need, thanks to the mighty combination of kale, spinach, blueberries & banana, as well as all the super foods – hemp, chia and flaxseed – did you know that flaxseeds, for example, are the best source of omega-3 fatty acids, with just two tablespoons of the ground seeds giving you over 130% of your required daily intake! This awesomeness, however, is trumped by the most amazing ingredient here – spirulina, you might not be familiar with this superfood, so I’ll tell you all about it!

Spirulina is a health-enhancing algae, composed of 62% complete protein, which means that each spoonful of powder gives you a whole four grams of complete protein, so you’ll get all the essential amino acids that the body can’t produce and can sometimes be lacking in an unbalanced plant diet. As well as all the amazing protein each spoon of spirulina also gives you an incredible dose of B vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. It’s known to cleanse the liver, lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, reduce inflammation, boost the immune system and even discourage allergies! So get drinking, it will do wonders for you mind and body, making you beautiful inside and out.

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Makes one glass

- 1 ripe banana

- 1 cup of frozen blueberries (I buy them fresh then freeze them)

- 1 cup of spinach

- 1 cup of kale

- 3/4 of a cup of water/almond milk/coconut water

- 1 tablespoon of chia seeds

- 1 teaspoon of hemp protein powder

- 1 teaspoon of spirulina

Optional: 2 medjool dates (this sweetens it)

Simply place everything together in the blender, peel the banana and pit the dates first though! Then blend for a minute or so until smooth. I like my smoothies thick so that I can eat them with a spoon, so you may want to add more water/almond milk/coconut water if you like it runnier. Then sip, love and enjoy!


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  • http://itcomesnaturallyblog.wordpress.com/ Emily – It comes naturally

    I’ve really gotten into green smoothies lately – despite my Mum telling me that nothing good can come from drinking something green. I love matcha green tea powder in mine (the only way I’ve found of making green tea palatable) check it out here http://itcomesnaturallyblog.wordpress.com/2013/05/26/miracle-matcha-tea/ I might just have to look into getting some spirulina though!

    • ellawoodward

      Oh I love matcha green tea powder, great addition to smoothies – I love your blog post on it too, thanks for sharing! I hope you manage to convince your mum on smoothies too, I’ve finally got my whole family drink green smoothies, which makes me so happy! Have a lovely weekend!

      • Amie

        Hi Ella, I’m new to your blog but I think its absolutely fantastic and I can not wait to start trying some of your recipes. I was just wondering if you would be able to suggest a list of store-cupboard essentials that I may need. I already got my hands one some very nice raw cacao on my visit to Peru this year but am totally new to things such as brown rice flour. Look forward to a visit to the heath food shop with a long list. x

        • ellawoodward

          Hi Amie. I’m so glad that you love the blog, thank you! My staples are tamari, tahini, almond butter, almonds, buckwheat flour, medjool dates, apple cider vinegar, coconut oil and cacao – I use these most days! There’s a longer list on the food philosophy section though! Hope that helps and have a lovely New Year! x

  • Elena

    Hi, I hope is not off topic but as I would like to try it on as it looks delicious and I am sure it’s very healthy too,what kind of a blender do you use for the smoothie? Many thanks in advance

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Elena. If you look under my Food Philosophy section there’s a link to the blender that I have, hope that helps! :)

  • Pam Mosier

    Love, love, love your site and every recipe you post! I don’t have (can’t afford) a fancy juicer. I do have a good blender. Will it do to make this smoothie ? Haven’t ventured into drinks because of not having a juicer. Would like to try with my blender. I’m 4 years out from breast cancer and want to everything I can to keep it at bay. This green drink would do the trick! Thanks for your beautiful site!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Pam. It’s not a problem at all not to have a fancy juicer, to make these smoothies all you need is a really basic blender – you can just buy a cheap one in a supermarket for £20 and it will do everything you need for smoothie recipes! I really hope that these green drinks help keep your health at bay! :)

  • http://itcomesnaturallyblog.wordpress.com Emily – It comes naturally

    Guess what I added to my smoothie this morning :-) mystery smoothie

  • http://www.detox.me Detox Me

    This looks absolutely delish! And packed full to the brim of super superfoods. It’s like the most nutritious meal in a glass. We approve!

    • ellawoodward

      That’s awesome! So glad you love this so much, I totally agree that it’s the most nutritious meal in a glass!

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  • Suzanne

    Just found your website and I love it. I tried this smoothie this morning and it did not turn out green but a maroon colour. I must admit I used mixed berries not just blueberries and I only had spinach and not kale I used all the other ingredients as per instructions. It turned out really think and I had to eat it with a spoon. Maybe I didn’t use enough green leafy spinach?? Anyway still tasted great. Many thanks for the recipe.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Suzanne. I think that the reason it was maroon is that you used mixed berries, the red of strawberries/raspberries always turns my green smoothies brown, also did you double the amount of spinach to make up for the lack of kale? If it’s too thick simply add more water until you like the consistency, personally I love them thick but I know everyone doesn’t! So glad that you loved it anyway though, brown smoothies are normally my favourite!

  • þrúður

    Hi, I just found out about spirulina (and this awesomesauce blog) and i have to admit the taste is ruining my smoothies, does this one mask the taste of it?

    • ellawoodward

      I find that it masks the taste, but I’ve been drinking spirulina for a while so I think I’m really used to the taste now – I would really recommend starting with a small amount, just half a teaspoon or so, and gradually increasing the amount over a few weeks. Hope that helps!

  • Annie

    Hi Ella,

    This looks amazing, but can’t find whole spirulina anywhere. Do you use powder? Very excited to try it!

    Thanks x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Annie. Yes I use powder spirulina, are you in the UK? If so then I buy mine form planetorganic.com – if you’re not in the UK I would just try googling? Hope that helps! :)

  • Janet Burns

    really like smoothies. Advice for anti-aging?

    • ellawoodward

      Glad you love smoothies so much! I’m afraid I don’t know anything about anti-aging though, sorry!

  • http://www.gpawholefoods.com.au Katrina

    Hi Ella. I was just wondering if you know about spinach and kale being goitrogenic foods when consumed raw? If eaten too often they can inhibit the absorption of iodine in your body and cause problems. Just a friendly heads up. Love your site!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you Katrina, I have heard about that but then you also read so much about how good they are for you raw so I try to eat half raw half cooked as a balance! :)

  • techdisciple

    This was surprisingly delicious! My friend saw it and calls it my ‘snot smoothie!” But it was very tasty – I added honey from a local apiary instead of the dates, and it provided just the sweetness it needed. What an excellent way to eat Spinach and Kale along with the other power foods! Added as one of my’ go to’ post workout smoothies! With the coconut water, it provides much needed electrolytes that are depleted, and I just add extra protein and a source of carbs like organic oats. Thanks for this!

    • ellawoodward

      My pleasure, so glad you liked it! Totally agree with your friend that the colour is a bit off putting but I’m so happy that you loved the taste, I think it tastes awesome and makes you feel even better!

  • estkimo

    i just made this and im eating it right now- itsso delicious i had to stop to comment on how good healthy can taste!!!

    • ellawoodward

      That’s awesome, so glad that you loved this!

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  • Katie

    I just made this for my breakfast thinking it would be bright green, but somehow it turned out purple! I think it was the frozen blueberries! It was still really good though :)

    • ellawoodward

      Sometimes the blueberries are just so powerful in colour that they win! So glad that you loved it though :)

  • Stacey Coulter

    Hi there

    Can you advise where is best to get such things like Flaxseed, spirulina, etc? Is it milled flaxseed?

    Thanks
    Stacey

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Stacey. I buy mine online either from planet organic or goodness direct :)

  • Elle

    Love love love your blog! Been making lots of your recipes and they’re all delicious :) Just wondering, as I am new to the whole vegan diet, how often do you incorporate the superfoods into your diet like you have in this smoothie….are you required to have as much as possible of all the seeds every day as they contain all the protein/minerals that you need or is there a limit as to how often you will add them to your food?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Elle. Yes I have them in my smoothie in the morning, you don’t have to use them all everyday – I mix them up and have about a spoon of each and then I have spirulina every day. Hope that helps!

  • Cat Davis

    Hello!

    I am so in love with your blog!! The best food blog I found ever found!

    I am curious what type/brand of spriulina to do use? I bought some and it smelled rotten… Does all spirulina smell like this?

    Thanks!!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Cat. I use a brand called organic burst, they’re spirulina doesn’t smell rotten at all as it’s all grown in fresh water so the taste is way nicer too! I’d really recommend it!

      • Cat Davis

        Thanks so much!! Is the brand you use organic?

        • ellawoodward

          Yes it is

  • Alana

    Hi Ella! I LOVE your blog. I made 4 of your recipes yesterday and they all turned out great! I was having a really hard time not eating refined sugar after the holidays (that stuff is addicting!), but I made it a whole day by treating myself to a slice (or two!) of banana bread and a piece of pure chocolate. So very good and I feel better, too.

    I keep trying to make a smoothie for breakfast, as I’ve seen you suggest, but sometimes it is just TOO cold in the morning for me to feel like having that. What healthy alternatives would you suggest? Thank you!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi, I’m so glad that you’re enjoying the blog and all the recipes! I love making my homemade bread and having a couple of slices of it toasted with avocado and tomato for breakfast, or else my buckwheat porridge! Hope that helps and have a lovely New Year! x

  • Sara

    Hello Ella!just wanted to say thank u so much for this amazing website , I have just recently (2 days ago)discover it and fell in love with it. Soooo many useful information.thanks so much.

    I have one question :if I buy frozen blueberries from supermarket do I get same nutrition as fresh one ??or their nutrition will be decreased significantly ?

    I will be most grateful for your answer

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sara. In the winter I always use frozen organic berries in my smoothies as they have just as much goodness as the ones in the supermarkets since berries aren’t in season at the moment. In the summer I use fresh ones though. Hope that helps!

      • Sara

        Thanks a lot ella

  • http://www.lifedetoxdiary.com LifeDetoxDiary

    this looks amazing. I want to try it. I only have chlorella powder at home at the moment. Do you think this would work as well? Do you prefer spirulina over chlorella?

    • ellawoodward

      Yes chlorella will be great! I prefer spirulina but both are amazing!

  • Annie

    This looks amazing! One question though – I’m allergic to bananas so what would you recommend as a substitute? Thanks so much!

    • ellawoodward

      Avocados are my favourite banana replacement!

  • Jess

    Ella! Just thought to tell you how absolutely amazing your blog is! I use your recipes most days and share your blog with anyone who will listen! Honestly it is the most inspiring, least scary introduction to clean eating, just perfect for explaining to friends and family why I actually eat the way I do. Just thank you, Ella… THANK YOU!!!

  • Jordan

    Hi Ella,

    This smoothie looks beautiful can’t wait to make it! Random question, how long to dates usually last and is there any way I can make them last longer? I only use them in recipes that I get from you, could I freeze them? What would you suggest?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Jordan. I keep my dates in airtight containers and they last a month or so!

  • http://www.eatdrinkandbeskinny.com Teresa

    Wow Ella — what a beautiful blog and tasty recipe here! I’m including it in my “Ignite your super powers with these super foods” post on http://www.eatdrinkandbeskinny.com this Friday! Thank you for the great content and inspiration!

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Teresa. I’m so glad that you love the blog, thank you! Can’t wait to see your post on Friday, thank you for including me x

  • Jess

    I’m drinking this smoothie right now! It looks like algae but it’s delicious. t’s probably the smoothest one I’ve made. I’m trying to eat only foods that aren’t processed and juicing helps!

    I did make a few changes- I didn’t have any hemp protein so I just added hemp seeds.
    I also added raw honey 1tbsp instead of the dates.

    Overall, tastes good.

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  • Cherry

    Hi! I really love your blog. It inspires me to get healthy. May I just ask what is a good alternative to medjool dates? I don’t know where I can buy them in my country :(

    • ellawoodward

      In this recipe you can switch the dates for honey, but in lots of the recipes they’re essential as they stick the whole thing together!

      • Cherry

        Thanks!

  • Olivia

    Hi Ella
    I am trying to change my eating habits and stumbled upon your website. I haven’t tried any of your recipes yet but I plan to. The problem I have is that I live in the Caribbean and it’s not always so easy to get some of the ingredients that you mention. eg fresh blueberries etc.
    What do you recommend? Also can medjool dates be substituted with prunes?
    Love your website
    Olivia

    • ellawoodward

      Hi

      I use medjool dates in a lot of my recipes as they hold things together with their stickiness so they are great for baking! You could try to order them online from sites like Amazon if you can’t get hold of them locally. For smoothies it isn’t so much of a problem and you could experiment with different substitutions.

      Ella x

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  • KK Brown

    I made this smoothie yesterday (and will again in a minute) and both my hubby and I loved it !!! I didn’t have spirulina yet (Whole Foods is a day trip away so I have to get it this weekend) but added some flax meal and dates. So yummy!!! Thank you :)

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  • sofia

    Dear Ella,
    Thank you so much for your blog, is really, really inspiring!! So much delicious things!
    I don’t know if you can help me, but I have a doubt: I am breast-feeding and I don’t know if I can have spirulina. Do you know anything about it? I read that Chrolella is not a problem, but nothing about spirulina…
    Waiting for your book!!! :)
    Kind regards,
    Sofia

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sofia,

      I don’t actually know I’m afraid – its always best to double check with your doctor!

      Ella x

      • sofia

        Hi Ella,
        Thank you so much for your advice. But no worries, there are so many amazing things to discover and to change in my life stile, like start using natural beauty products (= coconut oil), so I will wait till I stop breastfeeding to introduce the super greens in my juices and smoothies.
        I saw that you give cooking classes, but only in the UK, or in other countries?
        Once again congratulations for you’re inspiring blog!
        All the best
        Sofia

  • Liz

    Looks great, thanks for the recipe. I am keen to drink more green smoothies and not just pure fruit and the other recipes I have found sound too hardcore for me, I am not ready for a brussel sport smoothie yet!

    Will try this later, thanks again!

    • ellawoodward

      Hope you love it!

  • Hansika Chhabra

    Please suggest some replacements for kale and berries such as blueberries. I stay in a tropical country and its hard to get your hands on them and even if you do, they’re imported or GM based and very expensive.

  • Elizabeth

    What kind of hemp protein powder do you use?

    Thanks!

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  • Clare

    How much flaxseed do you use, not mentioned in list but mentioned in narrative.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Clare, I think this was added by mistake to the narrative (although I’m sure a tbsp would be great in the smoothie!) so just the hemp and chia will work fine :) X