Fruity, full of antioxidants, this Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Spirulina is ideal healthy detox drink. Made without added sugar, enriched with fresh spinach and chia seeds, it’s packed with fibers and proteins.
Finally, local Croatian fresh and 100% organic strawberries came to market. Weeee I’m happy happy happy Man, you think at some point you actually can get fed with strawberries, but that’s not the case with me. No. I devour strawberries since they first appeared in store, and I will continue eating them until I eat them all. I wrote about strawberries and Strawberry Banana Muffins and by now you know I LOVE everything strawberriesh. Today I will skip talking about strawberries and just give you directions how to make this wonderful green and very seasonal Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Spirulina.
The base of this Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Spirulina is plain cooled water. You can use ice if you want it to be more refreshing. Smoothie itself is very nutritious, but if you want to be even more nutritious, you can use greek yogurt or milk instead of water. In that case, make sure you keep smoothie refrigerated, especially in warmer days. Other than strawberries and banana, I added a handful of fresh spinach in this smoothie. If it is your first time and if you are skeptic about trying a green smoothie with spinach, you will be surprised. It tastes nothing like you may imagine. Spinach is well disguised in fruity flavor. You want even noticed it’s there ;)
I also added two superfoods in this smoothie – chia seeds, and spirulina powder. If you still haven’t included chia seeds in our diet, be sure to do so. Chia seeds contain large amounts of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, plenty of high-quality protein, and several essential minerals and antioxidants. They reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, lead to better digestive health and improve brain function. Furthermore, chia seeds are an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, iron and many other vitamins and minerals.
Spirulina is actually a algae – nutritional super food. Spirulina is rich in nutrients – high-quality protein and amino acids, vitamins – beta carotene (vitamin A), vitamin B16, riboflavin, folic acid, various minerals – iron, calcium, zinc, selenium, and essential fatty acids – omega 3 and 6.
Smoothie is gluten free and 100% vegan. And has no added sugars – it’s naturally sweetened with ripe banana and strawberries. Of course, if you like your smoothies sweeter, you can add a teaspoon of a healthy sugar – honey or syrup. The sweetness of smoothie depends on how ripe is the banana. I always use very ripe bananas, and they give me enough sweetness. But keep in mind, I give up on sugar year ago. Ripe bananas are incredibly sweet to me.
This Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Spirulina is very fruity and light, perfect for warm spring and summer days. But it’s good as a detox meal because it’s full of antioxidants. Don’t let looks fool you. Because of spirulina smoothie looks ultra green and a little strange, but as soon as I try, I’m sure you will like his sweet fruity taste. Enjoy ;)
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Strawberry Banana Smoothie with Spirulina
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach
- 1 teaspoon spirulina powder
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup water or ice
Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy.
Add honey or syrup to taste if you like.
Add more water to make the smoothie thicker.
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