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!
Tropical Mermaid Smoothie
- 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)
- Add all ingredients to blender.
- Blend, scraping sides as needed.
- Top with bee pollen and enjoy!