Tropical Mermaid Smoothie

Recently I listened to a podcast about the health benefits of algae. In my early 20’s, I used to love buying spirulina bites from my local health food store but it has been years since I’ve thought about this blue- green superfood as anything other than a natural food coloring.

Spirulina has been referred to as the most nutrient dense food on the planet! One tablespoon contains many nutrients including the following: (1)

  • 20 calories
  • 4g protein
  • 8mg calcium
  • 2mg iron
  • 14mg magnesium
  • 8mg phosphorus
  • 95mg potassium

In just one tablespoon is 11% of the daily recommended intake of iron (2) making it a great addition for vegetarians or anyone looking to up their iron.

I felt like the spirulina was calling me! Smoothie time!

In full disclosure, I am not a smoothie person. I cannot drink meals. It doesn’t fill me. So I never really got on board the smoothie train. But as a treat and with a cool name, I can get on board with that!

I was 7 years old when Disney released The Little Mermaid and I have been in more synchronized pool routines to ” Part of Your World” with my sister than I can count. As soon as I saw the beautiful color of this smoothie I felt pulled under the sea!

To make the smoothie I combined frozen mango, banana, and zucchini with coconut milk, collagen peptides, and the spirulina of course!

A week ago I bought a bit too much zucchini so I shredded and froze it. I also like to break up browned bananas and throw them in the freezer so they are ready for recipes like this.

Just blend, top with bee pollen, throw in a bamboo straw, and transport yourself to islands, seas, and waves!

Recipe

Tropical Mermaid Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
  • 1/2 small banana, frozen
  • 2TBS shredded and frozen zucchini
  • 1tsp spirulina powder
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides
  • Sprinkle of bee pollen (optional)

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to blender.
  2. Blend, scraping sides as needed.
  3. Top with bee pollen and enjoy!

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