Tropical Green Spirulina Monster

Welcome to the next instalment of the Green Monster Series!

Another new favourite of mine. I love adding pineapple to my superfood smoothies because the flavour of the fruit is strong enough to overpower the sharpness of spirulina. I am slowly building up “resistance” for this uber green algae, so if you’re like me, start small with just 1/4 or 1/2 teaspoon and slowly add more as you adjust to this new flavour. 

Spirulina is excellent for your health. This is what the University of Maryland’s Medical Centre has to say about it:

“Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids, antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. It contains nutrients, including B complex vitamins, beta-carotene, vitamin E, manganese, zinc, copper, iron, selenium, and gamma linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid).”

Do remember to buy spirulina powder from a trusted brand, preferably organic, as most things on this planet can be affected by toxins, unfortunately. 

Spirulina is made of over 60% protein, and a complete one at that, too! Just a dash of it in your smoothie is beneficial to your health. 

Where to buy If you live in the UK, and especially in a big city, you should be able to find it at most health shops and stores like Holland&Barrett. If they don’t carry any form of spirulina, ask them to order it, or at least to consider it; the more people ask for a certain item, the more likely shop owners will be to stock it. You can always order online, but do be careful where you buy from – remember, certified organic if you can!

I got a big box of spirulina when I was travelling in India. It’ll last me ages, it’s so big, but remember to check ‘use by’ dates.

Tropical Green Spirulina Monster

Serves one

250ml / 1 cup coconut water
1 banana
1 handful of spinach or kale
200g / 1 cup pineapple chunks
1 tsp psyllium husk (optional)
1/2 tsp spirulina (or more – adjust according to your taste buds)

Blend all till smooth. Spirulina can be quite strong — if you’re new to it, try adding only 1/2 tsp to begin with, and increase as you build a taste for it.  

Have you ever tried spirulina, or other superfoods? Which one is your favourite, and which one do you really dislike?

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