These blue spirulina smoothie bowls, sometimes referred to as “mermaid bowls” are so beautiful and much easier to make than you’d think! It's the perfect way to start the day with an energy boosting herb that also tastes and looks amazing.
Blue spirulina has been used all the way back to the Aztecs as an endurance booster. There are so many benefits to including this in your daily diet that I think we can all benefit from.
Blue spirulina is rich in many vitamins and minerals including:
- Thiamin (vitamin B1)
- Riboflavin (vitamin B2)
- Niacin (vitamin B3)
Not only that, blue spirulina contains a considerable amount of protein and contains all the essential amino acids. This is thought of as being one of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet and can help with problems many of us face on a daily basis.
Researchers have found that it has antioxidants and may contain brain protective properties. It can help with boosting energy and endurance and can be used to restore or maintain healthy intestinal flora.*
Blue spirulina is an algae that grows in lakes and ponds and alkaline waterways. It can have a bit of a bitter taste but when mixed in with a smoothie it won't add any extra flavor.
Where to Buy Blue Spirulina?
You can find blue spirulina on amazon or in most health food stores. It can be a little expensive but you only need to use about a teaspoon per bowl so it will go a long way. Not to mention it's definitely cheaper to make this at home than to go get a smoothie bowl every day for $8- $12.
Just look how vibrant it is! This is 100% Blue Spirulina powder with no added dyes.
Personally I would not recommend buying green spirulina for this recipe. Green and blue spirulina are essentially the same thing but green spirulina has a strong fishy smell and taste that I would not recommend for this, but I would definitely recommend buying green spirulina in capsule form if you just want it for the added nutrients and vitamins. I have actually been taking green spirulina capsules for a while now and I see a big difference in the strength of my nails and hair!
This recipe is super simple and needs very few ingredients.
Ingredients for Spirulina Smoothie Bowl:Print Recipe
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen pineapple
- ½ cup frozen mango
- ½ - ¾ cup milk/ milk alternative
- 1 teaspoon blue spirulina
- Add all of your ingredients to the blender.
- Set the blender to high and stop and mix when the blender gets stuck.
- Add more liquid if needed.
- Continue doing this until the mixture runs smoothly. Transfer to a bowl and add toppings of your choice!
(makes one serving)
Spirulina Smoothie Bowl Step-by-Step Recipe
You honestly can just add some blue Spirulina to your regular smoothie for extra nutrients but my recommendation for this recipe is to use frozen bananas as a base because when blended they give a creamy texture rather than a slushy one.
The other fruits I would recommend for this are frozen pineapple and frozen mango. They add the perfect flavor and natural sweetness to the bowl without really affecting the color, whereas berries or dark leafy greens, while tasting good, will take away from the natural color of the spirulina.
For liquid, I chose oat milk but you can use any milk of your choice or even water, but like I said with this bowl I prefer the creamier texture. So once you have all that and your blender you’re ready to get started!
You’re going to start off by putting all of your ingredients into the blender.
Whatever frozen fruit of your choice, (frozen is very important because that's what's going to give it a thicker texture to eat with a spoon rather than through a straw) your liquid, and the blue spirulina powder.
The key to this is not adding too much liquid, so what you want to do is when the blender gets stuck, turn off the power and give it a stir and continue doing this until it runs smoothly, you can always add a little bit more liquid if it's too thick. I started by adding ½ cup and ended up adding about ¼ cup more to make it run smoothly. If you add too much liquid you can always add more frozen banana or ice to thicken it up again.
Then you’re just going to add it to your bowl and put on any toppings of your choice. This step is optional but makes the bowl so much prettier and also really delicious. Some ideas for toppings are, any type of sliced fruit so, strawberries, a banana, kiwi, etc… granola, coconut shavings, any type of nut butter, or honey, really it's whatever you prefer and the options are endless!
This blue Spirulina smoothie bowl tastes as good as it looks!
The essential ingredient, Blue Spirulina, is a nutrient-dense super food that we can all benefit from adding to our diets. This bowl is very fast and easy to make, only takes a few ingredients, and is perfect for any time of day. I highly recommend trying this recipe and guarantee you and your family will love it!
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