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Blue Spirulina Smoothie Bowl
Spirulina is possibly one of the most nutrient-dense foods, a blue-green algae which is grown in freshwater ponds and lakes. “Yuk!” you might think, but some claim that this (usually dark green) algae provides all the nutrients the human body requires in trace elements. It come in powdered form (or tablets) and contains high levels of complete protein, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients (plant chemicals which give plants their lovely colours & are nutritionally beneficial).
Green spirulina tastes and smells like the sea, which can put people off, but when mixed into smoothies, the taste and smell disappear. Blue spirulina, on the other hand, is a chemical-free natural extract which is still highly nutritious, but with a milder, neutral taste – my kids love it!
This smoothy bowl is perfect at breakfast time, or as a wholesome snack. It tastes delicious (not at all of the sea!) and could be the perfect antidote to Christmas excesses!
Here is the recipe (the great thing about smoothie bowls is that you can throw in whatever you fancy!):
- ½ Banana
- 1 Handful Kale / Spinach / Cavolo Nero
- 1 Handful Chopped Mango
- ¼ Avocado
- 250ml Plant-Based Milk (I used almond)
- 1 – 2 (depending on taste) Blue Spirulina Powder – we use Super U
- 1 scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (I use CNP Plant Collagen Protein Powder)
Whizz it all up in a blender until smooth.
Top with berries, chopped banana, granola, shredded coconut, seeds or whatever you have to hand. Pomegranate seeds would be lovely (and would look festive). In the summertime, we top with edible borage flowers from the garden, which have a honey-like taste.
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