Super Green Tropical Smoothie with Spirulina

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 Sometimes when I make a smoothie, I want a reeeeeally green, green smoothie! And one of the best ways to bump up the ‘greenness’ in a juice or smoothie is to add a teaspoon of Nature’s Way Superfoods Flavoured Spirulina. Why bother, you ask? Well, here’s some facts about spirulina that may explain why it’s so awesome…

– Spirulina is approx. 60% protein and contains all the essential amino acids, as well as being high in iron, making it a great energy booster!

– the protein in Spirulina is superior to other plant-based proteins (eg. legumes) – perfect for vegetarians and vegans

– it’s high in chlorophyll, making it great for cleansing the blood

– it is rich in gamma-Linolenic acid, (also found in evening primrose, chia, hemp and linseeds), which has anti-inflammatory and cholesterol lowering properties

– it is full of anti-oxidants, making it useful in the fight against free radicals, and helping to support a healthy immune system

Lots of good stuff, huh!

The only thing that has made me hesitant to add spirulina to my smoothies in the past is the flavour – it can sometimes taste a bit like grass clippings! But I was recently sent some  Nature’s Way Superfoods Natural Tropical Flavoured Spirulina to try, and this one actually tastes delicious! Woo hoo!!!! It has a sweet, pineapple flavour (sweetened with natural stevia so there’s no added sugar) and it’s great for adding to smoothies and juices, or even to fruit ice creams and sorbets.

For a quick, refreshing, energy boost, you can just add 1 teaspoon to a glass of water; or even better, add to a glass of mineral water for a green fizzy drink – the kids love it!

So here’s a super green tropical smoothie recipe I made up the other day. If you’re new to green smoothies, don’t be scared – I tried this recipe on a lady who had never had a green smoothie before in her life, and she LOVED it! You can adjust the amount of spirulina to taste, and change around the fruit and veggies as well to use what you have – I used bananas, limes, cucumber and pineapple in mine, for a tropical flavour. Mango or peaches would also be great instead of pineapple. Play with it!

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Nature’s Way Natural Tropical Flavoured Spirulina is available in Woolworths, and online at Health 365.

Super Green Tropical Smoothie with Spirulina
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  1. 1/2 cucumber, quartered
  2. 1 frozen banana or avocado, chopped into 2cm pieces
  3. 100g frozen pineapple, chopped into 2cm pieces
  4. 1 apple, quartered
  5. 2 limes, peeled
  6. 1cm cube of fresh ginger
  7. 1 handful baby spinach
  8. 1/2 - 1 tsp Nature's Way Superfoods Natural Tropical Flavoured Spirulina
  9. 200g ice cubes
  10. 300g water (or more, to taste)
  1. Place all ingredients into Thermomix or powerful blender and blend top speed for 2 mins. Enjoy!
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This post is sponsored by Nature’s Way Superfoods.

6 thoughts on “Super Green Tropical Smoothie with Spirulina

  1. JuicerHQ says:

    Great recipe, I love the idea of tropical flavored spirulina as it is not so tasty on its own. By the way I use spirulina to color my home made soap.

  2. Olivia says:

    Hello, I don’t know if this discussion is still live but I’ve been following Dr Canpbell McBrides GAPS regime and now on the full Gaps diet but Algae is not allowed so how can spirulina be ok? I’ve just found your site looking for hot cross buns, they look great and I’ve friends staying over Easter so it’ll be fun seeing what they make of them.
    I ve just looked at your link to Solidteknic pans and they look brilliant but I suspect they don’t sell them here in Great Britain, yet! Thanks for sharing .

    • QuirkyJo says:

      Hi Olivia, welcome to Quirky Cooking – glad you found us! 🙂 Not all recipes on the site are GAPS recipes (but many are) – this recipe is one of the non-GAPS recipes but you could make it without the spirulina…still yummy and nourishing.
      Solidteknic pans are awesome! Not sure when they will be in GB…maybe email them and let them know you are keen. 🙂

  3. Shirley says:

    What about Coconut water instead of water? I was wondering if would test nice as I usually do my smoothies with Coconut water.
    Thank you

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