Friday, January 18, 2013

Healthy Vegan Friday: Spirulina Blueberry Smoothie




Happy Friday!  Today's post is a smoothie recipe for Healthy Vegan Friday.  Healthy Vegan Fridays is a recipe link up hosted by Carrie at Carrie On Vegan and Gabby at The Veggie Nook.  Every Friday bloggers submit healthy whole food vegan recipes.  They get a pretty awesome turnout, so if you haven't checked it out I recommend taking a look.



While I was doing some shopping at my neighborhood food coop last week I treated myself to a jar of my favorite spirulina.  I'm not sure why I let my pantry sit void of this for so long.  I really love adding it to smoothies.  In case you don't know, spirulina is a complete source of protein with 4.8 grams per tablespoon.  And when I have it in the house all of my smoothies are greenish black in color.  Not very pretty, but super tasty.  Here's the smoothie I've been having this week:

Spirulina Blueberry Smoothie

2 handfuls spinach
2 cups frozen wild blueberries
1 banana
2 tablespoons almond butter or sunflower seed butter
2-3 cups almond milk + more for blending if needed
2 tablespoons spirulina

Blend up in high speed blender until smooth.  Add more almond milk or water as needed to get desired consistency.  This makes a lot of smoothie and I share it with my boyfriend, so cut the recipe in half for one person or put the leftovers in jars in the fridge for later.

Also, that cute kitten cup was a gift from my boyfriend.  He picked it up at our favorite Asian grocery store.  They have the cutest collection of cat stuff there.  But I also think it's fitting to drink the spirulina smoothies from my zombie mug.


Any big plans this weekend?  I'll be doing homework and sticking close to home because I'm on call for work until Monday morning.  Also, it's cold here and sort of trying to snow this morning.  I plan on curling up with books and hot chai tea.  See you next week!





26 comments:

  1. OMG that mug! I can't! It's too freaking cute! Love the kittie :) I haven't experimented too much with spirulina because it scares me a little but this smoothie sounds great! It may be a great way to dip my toe in the water ;)

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    1. I've had my eye on that mug for a few months, but already have a big mug collection so I held out. Then my sweet bf shows up with it last week. He didn't even know that I had been wanting it!

      I think spirulina is delicious, but I've heard that different brands have different tastes. I love the HealthForce brand. And I don't get paid anything to say that ;). I can't even taste it when mixed in with the berries.

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  2. I'm a new follower to your blog and I LOVE it! This looks awesome, too! I have done one with Blueberry, Spirulina, and Almond Milk but I think I will add the Nut Butter next time :)

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    1. Thanks Jennifer! I looked at your profile and noticed that you're a fellow tea-lover. Do you have a blog that you post at most often? I couldn't really tell from your blog list. Also, the nut butter, especially sunflower seed butter takes the smoothie to another level. It's so delicious. Thanks for the comment :)

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  3. Hey, thanks for the HVF shoutout :)

    This smoothie looks delicious- I love the colour spirulina gives to foods!

    Have a great weekend!

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  4. I should definitely try some spirulina since I'm a huge smoothie lover! Does it add any flavor or is it pretty neutral?

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    1. It does have a mild flavor. I think it's sort of cheesey, but it really depends on the brand. Mixed with berries and nut butter the taste pretty much disappears. It's delicious on popcorn and I like it on pasta too.

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  5. Love spirulina! I like that you use a fair amount in this smoothie!
    xo

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    1. Hi Aimee! I could eat it by the spoonful :)

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  6. You don't need the Spinach what with the Spirulina, but sounds and looks delicious.

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  7. Spirulina is on my shopping list. I have been wanting to pick some up for so long!

    ps You have the cutest blog name!!

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    1. Thank you, Sophie! Run and get spirulina now. You will be so happy you did!

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  8. I left my blender AND spirulina at the old apartment and I am pretty pissed. Hopefully that will change soon. Once warmer weather comes, for sure. Smoothies are so, so perfect.

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    1. Yes, I kind of had to force myself to start having them again because all I want when it's cold is a hot beverage. But they make me feel better, so I've made them a morning habit again.

      Hope you get your blender and spirulina back!

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  9. Oh spirulina. I have a hard time with the taste. BUT I have this green powder (a mix of spirulina, wheatgrass, chlorella and barley grass) and it's very delicious, totally takes the edge off. And I need to pick up some blueberries!

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    1. What brand is your green powder. I haven't been able to find a mix that I like and would love try one that comes with a good taste recommendation!

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    2. Hi, just reading this post and had to declare my love for Amazing Grass. I LOVE that stuff! Every green and nutrient ever in it. I like the "orange dreamcicle", has a nice citrus flavor- great in smoothies or just alone with ice water
      I found individual packets at whole foods but best price for multi servings was amazon by far
      Ttrockwood@yahoo.com

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  10. Oh that color is outrageous! Love it! Spirulina is such an amazing power food. Love the color, flavor, and the nutrients. Would you be interested in sharing your this smoothie at Raw Foods Thursdays?

    http://www.glutenfreecat.com/2013/01/raw-foods-thursdays-11713/

    Glad to have found your blog!

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    1. Thanks, Heather! Raw Food Thursdays sounds like fun. I'll stop by next week :)

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  11. I am actually on a "smoothie fast" (which is a ridiculous way of putting it, since I'm consuming lots of protein, fat, grains, in addition flooding my body with greens and fruits), and I happened across this recipe (thanks to Carrie On Vegan). I happened to have all the ingredients on hand, and I just made it! It's SO GOOD! I'm enjoying it as I type this! Thank you!!

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  12. Spirulina smoothie? Hmmm. Sounds good to try. I'm wondering though. In what way does spirulina benefits the body? Been hearing a lot of things about it.

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