Green smoothie with pineapple, kale and spirulina
Super green spirulina smoothie. How to make a green smoothie taste good! Full of nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Made with pineapple, kale, apple, spirulina and more!
What is spirulina?
Spirulina is a single celled microbe, also called blue-green algae.
It grows in both fresh and saltwater.
Ancient Aztecs used to eat spirulina, but it gained popularity again when NASA discovered it could be grown is space for astronauts.
What are the health benefits of spirulina?
Spirulina is full of vitamins and minerals such as:
- Vitamin B1, B2 and B3
Gram for gram, it’s one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet.
Green smoothie ingredients
- Kale – If you’re not a fan of the taste of kale, you can easily sub out baby spinach. It will make this smoothie even more enjoyable.
- Celery – Forget celery juice! I love blending celery instead so it keeps all of the fiber intact. Celery is full of vitamins A, K and C plus folate and potassium.
- Pear – Pear adds a really nice smoothness and sweetness to the smoothie. Make sure it’s ripe and soft to the touch. An unripe and hard pear won’t taste good.
- Frozen banana – This is gonna make the smoothie. Frozen banana adds a lot of creaminess to smoothies. Make sure they’re ripe. Bananas are ripe once the skin starts to get a little bit of black spots. Peel the bananas before freezing them.
- Apple – This will add natural sweetness to the smoothie to help cover up the taste of the kale.
- Pineapple – This is another way to naturally sweeten up the smoothie. I highly recommend not missing this. Pineapple will make this smoothie taste like candy.
- Spirulina – Full of a ton of vitamins and minerals.
- Lemon – Because kale is so earthy tasting, lemon adds a nice balance of brightness to this smoothie.
This recipe is
- gluten free
- quick and easy
Can I add other ingredients?
I love using this smoothie as a base. Sometimes I’ll add frozen berries, or mango.
This smoothie also tastes great if you add a splash of apple or lemon juice, or dairy free strawberry yogurt.
If there is any ingredient that you don’t like in this smoothie, feel free to omit it or replace it with a fruit that you love.
What if I don’t like kale?
This smoothie does a great job with covering up the taste of the kale with the fruits.
But if you really can’t stand kale, just use baby spinach instead.
What if my blender isn’t great
If you have an older blender, then blend up this smoothie in batches.
I like to start with the kale and celery first. Then I’ll add apple and pineapple. Then I’ll add in a couple more ingredients at a time.
Before I had a fancy blender, this is what I did.
This smoothie lasts about 3-4 days in the fridge. Make sure to store it in a jar with a tight fitting lid.
You can also freeze this smoothie in ice cube trays, then add the cubes to a freezer friendly bag.
Once you’re ready to eat it, throw the cubes in a blender and add a splash or two of orange or apple juice.
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Super green spirulina smoothie
- 1 cup kale (sub for baby spinach if you don't like kale or want a milder tasting smoothie)
- 1 stalk celery
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 apple
- 1 pear
- ½ lemon (peeled and de-seeded)
- 1 cup pineapple
- 1 teaspoon spirulina powder
- 1 cup water (Add more if it's too thick)
- Once the bananas are ripe and just starting to get spots, peel them and place them in a ziploc bag or freezer friendly tupperware container and freeze overnight.
- Add the kale and celery to the blender first with the water. I like to blend this first, since they're the most fibrous. Nobody likes a chunky smoothie
- Add the rest of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. It helps the blender to break the frozen banana up a little bit before blending. If it's too thick, add more water. This also tastes good with a splash of apple or orange juice, or dairy free strawberry yogurt.
The nutritional information on this website is only an estimate and is provided for convenience and as a courtesy only. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed. It should not be used as a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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