Spring Forward Spirulina Green Smoothie

Every year as daylight savings approaches, I coordinate the changing of the clocks with my semi-annual personal maintenance. “Spring forward” is a time for me to move towards a new goal: clean out the neglected closet space, perform spring cleaning on wardrobe items that need mending, and spring clean my gut. Yes, that’s right, I have a specialty spring cleaning smoothie too! However, The Spring Forward Spirulina Green Smoothie is ideal any time of year. It detoxifies, de-bloats, and helps me redefine my nutritional goals. Consequently, Spirulina is the detox superhero of raw green smoothie supplements. Let me introduce you to it.

Spirulina to the Rescue!

Spirulina is high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and protein, making this powerhouse ingredient a nutritional dream. It’s available in pill, flake, or powder form. I use the powder spirulina for my raw green smoothie recipes.  Spirulina is an acquired taste; it’s blue-green algae. There are some precautions to using spirulina: it doesn’t play well will anything dairy-based. Also, it can be contaminated so using a reputable brand is necessary!

Let’s review the health benefits of spirulina. In a nutshell, these algae can help minimize the symptoms of almost any health ailment. Spirulina might well be the closest thing to the fountain of youth. Spirulina helps manage blood pressure, blood sugar, fights allergies, helps with weight loss, mitigates symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, and more!

The key to enjoying the health benefits of Spirulina is its frequent use. Despite its reputation as being a challenging flavor to get used to, it’s much easier to drink when mixed with non-dairy liquids and served ice cold. Try my Spring Forward Spirulina Green Smoothie for a sweet, raw green smoothie recipe that incorporates spirulina perfectly.

Ingredients:

  •  2 kiwi, peeled, chopped (optional: frozen)
  • 1/2 cup pineapple, chopped (optional: frozen)
  • 1/2 cup cucumber
  • a handful of spinach or other leafy green
  • a handful of mint (optional)
  • 1/2 lemon or lime, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon Spirulina powder
  • 1 cup water

 Method:

  1. Mix Spirulina powder into 1 cup ice cold water; until all powder dissolves.
  2. Next, peel and chop pineapple, kiwi, and cucumber. Tip: you can chill or freeze chopped fruit for the best consistency raw green smoothie.
  3. Then, blend fruit with spirulina infused water. Add a handful of spinach and mint to the blender. Pulse until smooth.
  4. Finally, add chopped lime or lemon. Pulse briefly to mix. Enjoy!

Tip: add ice cubes or additional water to reach desired consistency.

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