Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining (sometimes), and cool breezes carry a fresh fragrance through the air. Spring is undeniably here. To me spring means one thing, it’s time to trade my daily breakfast of oatmeal for a fresh and healthy smoothie. Smoothies are definitely one of the easiest breakfasts to make and when made with the right ingredients they are also delicious and nutritious. This recipe makes an especially healthy smoothie thanks to the addition of the superfood Spirulina.
If you haven’t heard of spirulina before, prepare to have your mind blown by this nutrient dense algae. Spirulina is 50%-70% protein by weight. If you think that seems high, you’re right. Just one tablespoon of spirulina contains 4 grams of protein. Spirulina also contains B Vitamins and GLA. Spirulina is an amazing supplement to have on hand but it is important to know the source of your spirulina. Some providers use harvesting methods that diminish spirulina’s health benefits. Even worse, some chemicals used to treat spirulina can be detrimental to your health if used long term. If you don’t already have a reliable source I recommend Starwest Botanicals for spirulina powder (not sponsored).
Spirulina is as well known for its nutritional value as its distinctive and overpowering taste. However, don’t let its reputation turn you off of this recipe. Trust me, I love spirulina but I wouldn’t want to eat a whole bowl of spirulina smoothie. I made sure to include plenty of delicious and bright flavors in this recipe to create a balanced flavor. The green apple base gives the whole dish a fresh and bright flavor. Generous amounts of ginger delightfully liven the dish up. And Fresh strawberries and granola add interesting texture and a touch of sweetness. There is no reason healthy food can’t taste delicious too!
For more superfood smoothie recipes, check out my friend Serene’s blog, The Athleisure Lookbook, about fitness apparel and health.