A Favorite Smoothie, Made Green

Spirulina Smoothie | A Simple Haven

Being 32 weeks pregnant means that I’ve entered “prepare for arrival” mode.

While I probably still have several weeks to go, a sense of urgency always wells up in me around this time to stock up on household goods, complete projects, and pack my body full of nutrition.

I guess this is what “nesting” looks like for me:

With my first, I bought about 50 bars of soap and demanded that we get our couch steam-cleaned. (4 1/2 years later, I just donated the last of that soap to a local homeless shelter. And our couch has not been cleaned since).

With my second, I frantically unpacked boxes, painted bedrooms, and threw up Christmas decor. (I have a hunch that this prompted baby boy’s early arrival).

With my third, I’m making Facebook pleas for non-disgusting liver recipes and considering how to incorporate more spirulina into my diet.

We’ll save the liver for another day (although if you’ve got a good pâté recipe, shoot it my way).

Spirulina Smoothie | A Simple Haven

Today, I’m sharing my favorite smoothie recipe–with a twist: spirulina. Because, really, what says happy fall like algae powder?

I’ve tried spirulina (you can get it here) in smoothies before, but even in small amounts the taste can be a little overwhelming.  So I never wanted to ruin my favorite smoothie–a glorious tropical combo of mango, coconut cream, orange, and banana–with a pond scum twist.

Until this week.

When Williams-Sonoma contacted me about being a part of their Smoothie Week, I thought for the sake of my health, baby’s health, and their “Not Your Typical Smoothie” theme I’d give it a whirl.

After all, this is my year of Living Boldly.

Here's where I thought I'd ruined my favorite smoothie. Ignore the image and press blend. Trust me.
Here’s where I thought I’d ruined my favorite smoothie. Ignore the image and press blend. Trust me.

Results? Surprisingly yummy.

The fruit and coconut cream mask the spirulina flavor pretty darn well.  Try to ignore the fact that it’s turquoise and focus on all that creamy, tropical, vitamin, mineral, and protein-packed goodness. 🙂

Tropical Spirulina Smoothie

:: Ingredients ::

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mango
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream from canned coconut milk
    (Just skim the solid stuff off the top).
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk from can (use the water-looking part that’s left)
  • 1 peeled orange
  • 1 heaping tablespoon spirulina powder
  • a splash of lime juice
  • a handful of ice

:: How-To ::

Put all ingredients in a good blender (I use a Vitamix, but check out other options here) and pulse until smooth. Add more coconut milk if needed.

Makes about 2 servings.

Spirulina Smoothie | A Simple Haven

What’s the most surprisingly yummy smoothie you’ve made?

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About Jenn

Jenn is a mommy of three and wife to her best friend. She enjoys good books, dinner guests, elevenses, and proper apostrophe use.