Spirulina, quite literally, is a blue-green algae. Often it is eaten in powder or pill form, as it is so nutritiously dense that it is taken as a dietary supplement.
Originating in the land of the Aztecs, spirulina dates back to the fourteenth century. It contains powerful antioxidants, complete protein, many B vitamins, copper, iron, and more. A single teaspoon has only 20 calories, 4 grams of complete protein, 15-20% of the daily recommend intake of vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) and copper.
Studies show that spirulina increases exercise endurance, while decreasing muscle damage during exercise. (This is due to its high antioxidant levels that reduce exercise-induced oxidation, which lead to feeling fatigued and unable to gain muscle.) Spirulina also contains high levels of chlorophyll (the green pigments in plants), which removes toxins from the blood and boosts the immune system. It’s also known to balance blood sugar levels! Read more about spirulina here and/or here.
Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), spirulina creates a unique forest green color! This smoothie is smooth, creamy, and delicious 😍 Spice comes from the cinnamon, which adds a perfect & complementary flavor to the banana. Let me know if you try this recipe! I bought my spirulina at Whole Foods.
Spirulina Green Smoothie
- 1.5 bananas, peeled and frozen
- 2.5 cups of spinach
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 teaspoons spirulina powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Handful of ice cubes
Place ingredients in a blender and blend. Simple as that! Not required, but I love drinking my smoothies with a straw. Enjoy!