Glowing Green Spirulina Smoothie

A beautiful glowing green spirulina smoothie. This drink gets its glowing blue-green color from a simple combination of kale, blueberries and spirulina. All you need is 5 ingredients and 5 minutes!

glowing green spirulina smoothie in a glass with blueberries on top

This was an unexpected recipe.

I made this Glowing Green Spirulina Smoothie earlier this week with no intention of taking pictures. When I blended the ingredients (without measuring the ingredients of course), I discovered this beautiful mermaid color! I knew I had to share it here.

The only problem, like I said, is that I didn’t measure the ingredients… I did try to recreate the recipe as much as I could and I think I came up with a similar result after a few tries.

What you need: frozen bananas, kale, blueberries, soy milk, spirulina.

Glowing Green Spirulina Smoothie in a glass from the side with blueberries on top and on the sides

What is Spirulina?

Spirulina is a blue-green algae powder that’s often considered a superfood (a word that I avoid using) due to it’s nutrient content and supposed health benefits. While we can’t trust everything that we read on the internet, we do know that spirulina is rich in nutrients. It’s a source of antioxidants and is said to have inflammation-fighting properties.

How to Use Spirulina:

The easiest (and tastiest) way to use spirulina is to add it to smoothies. If you aren’t used to spirulina, you might find that it has a bit of an aftertaste. For this reason, it’s best to start with a smaller amount, about half a teaspoon, and gradually increase the quantity. In this recipe, we’re using 1 teaspoon to get the beautiful blue-green color, so you shouldn’t get a strong spirulina flavor from this smoothie.

Some people also drink spirulina as a shot mixed with water, but I don’t see myself trying that anytime soon!

That being said, I hope you’ll love this smoothie and its beautiful color as much as I do!

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Glowing Green Spirulina Smoothie in a glass from the side with blueberries

Glowing Green Spirulina Smoothie

A simple combination of kale, blueberries and spirulina gives this smoothie a glowing blue-green color! This healthy refreshing drink requires only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes!
Course Drinks
Cuisine vegan, vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 banana, frozen
  • 1/4 cup blueberries, frozen
  • 1 cup kale
  • 1 cup unsweetened soy milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina powder

Instructions

  • Slice a banana and place in an airtight container or plastic bag. Freeze overnight or for at least 12-18 hours.
  • When the banana is ready, add all the ingredients in a high speed blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Serve immediately or store in the fridge.

Notes

Spirulina has a particular taste. I didn’t add a lot in this smoothie, so you shouldn’t taste it, but if you’re not used to spirulina, you can start with half a teaspoon and increase gradually. This will affect the color of the smoothie.
I used fresh wild blueberries that I froze myself. If you use store-bought frozen blueberries, the color of the smoothie might be different.

If you make this glowing green spirulina smoothie, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love to hear from you guys. And of course, if you try this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram!

6 Comments

  • Emily Prince Bellinger

    Hello! I’m excited to start giving Spirulina a try, and I’m not sure if you can suggest a brand or not, but I’d love your input. As you imply, you can’t trust everything on the internet, and since there’s a lot of spirulina out there, knowing your trusted or preferred vendor(s) would be helpful. Thank you!

    • Unsweetened Caroline

      Hi Emily, that’s a great question! I’ve personally only bought spirulina from a local health food store where they sell it in bulk. So unfortunately, I can’t suggest any specific brands. I would maybe stick to a local store you trust instead of buying it on the internet. Unfortunately, these types of foods aren’t well regulated to my knowledge, so you can’t be guaranteed of the quality. On the bright side, it will add a pretty color to your smoothies. The possibility of having some health benefits from spirulina is just a bonus. Or at least that’s how I see it. I’m sorry I’m not much help, but with all of those “superfoods” and supplements, you can sadly never be sure of the quality and the research is still new. I hope you’ll still enjoy the smoothie though!

  • Janine

    The Smoothie tastes great, but it turned Grey. I used Chlorella instead of spirulina. Was that my mistake? I’ve chosen the Smoothie because of the beautiful color.

    Thanks for Help!
    Janine

    • Nourished by Caroline

      Hi Janine, I’m happy that you liked the recipe! But yes, chlorella will not give this smoothie the same color as spirulina unfortunately. The spirulina has a lovely blue-green color that pairs well with the color of blueberries. But chlorella is more green. I find that any small change to the recipe can change the beautiful color. Sorry that happened!

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I’m Caroline, a registered dietitian located in Kelowna, British Columbia. I focus on plant-based nutrition and intuitive eating. I believe in living a balanced life, while eating the food you love. Learn more about my practice here or book an appointment today!