NEW: MIRACLE SMOOTHIE bowl: Blue Spirulina recipe

Blue Spirulina Recipe

Miracle Smoothie Bowl

Have you heard about the magical powders of spirulina?

Mesmerizing, powerful, and superfood! 

RAINBOW RECIPE’S Blue SPIRULINA SMOOTHIE BOWL
Miracle smoothie bowl: Blue Spirulina recipe
This vibrant blue smoothie bowl is not just mesmerizing to look at but provides amazing health benefits.
When a smoothie bowl, is healthy, powerful and sweet like this one, it is truly a miracle bowl. Are you ready to be enchanted?
Miracle smoothie bowl: Blue Spirulina recipe and sliced mango in background with long dessert spoon


Or are you simply drawn to the vibrant blue aura, that this deliciously mesmerizing but also easy to make smoothie brings?

4-Reasons, why this smoothie is amazing:

  1. Spirulina is also known as a “miracle from the sea”. (As it is algae and full of benefitsnu and healing powers)
  2. It is a superfood, as it is full of nutrients.
  3. Plus, Spirulina has been used on space missions by NASA! That is how it became famous. As astronauts have been using it as a supplement for travelling through space.
  4. It is quite versatile and can be included easily in drinks, smoothies and other recipes.

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RECIPE INFO:

DAIRY-FREE (if chosen dairy-free milk), VEGAN (if chosen a vegan milk/yogurt), VEGETARIAN, GLUTEN-FREE, AND NATURALLY SWEETENED.


How Healthy & Good Is This Blue Spirulina Smoothie?


Recipe video of the Blue Spirulina Smoothie Bowl


Nutrition Facts.

  • Calories – 8%
  • Fat – 4%
  • Carbohydrates – 9%
  • Sugar – 23%
  • Protein – 21%
  • Fibre – 7%

WHY IS THIS RECIPE SO GOOD FOR YOU?

Amazingly, this recipe has many great qualities.

Like the calories are very low for example.

This recipe contains only around 154 calories per serving!

The health factor is outstanding, with 8.0 out of 10.

It is also very low, carb. Which makes it a great smoothie for weight loss.

Nice, right?

Although it is not suited for a Keto diet. As fruits as too high, such as pineapples and mangos.

Is Spirulina Okay On Keto?

Yes, Spirulina itself is great on Keto, as it gives your body plenty of essential nutrients.


Did you know?

Spirulina has…

(5100%) more IRON than spinach!

(670%) more PROTEIN than tofu!

…(180%) more CALCIUM than milk!

…(3100%) more BETA-CAROTENE (pigment in plants) than carrots!

WHAT COULD YOU DO TO MAKE THIS RECIPE (EVEN) HEALTHIER?

REDUCE: SUGARS

To optimise your health score EVEN MORE you could reduce the sugars slightly in your smoothie.

->By reducing the frozen pineapples or mangos slightly and adding more cauliflower instead.

ADD: “GREENS”

Smoothies are the perfect way of adding some add green and veggies veggies into the mix. 

That’s how you get can away with bringing your kids to consume even spinach and kale!

  • spinach, (raw or frozen but ideally pre-steamed)
  • frozen zucchini
  • fresh kale (pre-steamed ideally)

ADD FIBRE

You probably want to add more fibre to your diet. Because this Spirulina Smoothie bowl does not include much fibre!

Only 5% of Americans eat enough fibre!

Nutritions call this also a “fibre gap”.

That’s quite important, as most people do not reach the daily recommended intake (DRI)

Spirulina, itself does not contain enough fibre to cover your daily amount.

By adding 

  • nuts
  • seeds or 
  • nut butter 

Like, cashew nut butter, almond nut butter (US) and more so you can ensure to cover your fibre needs.

But why do you think is fibre needed?

Your body needs fibre for several reasons:

  • healthy digestion
  • to reduce heart attacks
  • reduces the risk of strokes
  • high cholesterol
  • obesity
  • type 2 diabetes 
  • some cancers

Toppings-ideas

Add nutritions / superfoods

Besides Spirulina, there are also other ways of adding nutritions and super and superfoods into the blender, to make it more nutritious.

Add proteins

You could add protein powder, or nuts and nut butter to turn this smoothie into a high protein workout drink. 

Jump to my selections of toppings. To 

But overall this Blue Miracle Spirulina recipe is already very high in protein. 

Especially when you add 1 tbsp of protein powder. 

Even if you’d skip the protein powder. Because Spirulina itself is high in protein.

RELATED: 63 INSANE Ways – HOW TO add PROTEIN (to your Smoothie)

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63 INSANE Ways – HOW TO add PROTEIN (to your Smoothie)


Recipe

How much time do you need to make this Spirulina smoothie recipe bowl?

Total Time: 5min
  • It only takes 5 minutes to make this recipe.

    You can buy frozen veggies and fruits beforehand or buy them fresh and freeze them a day before.

Everything You Should Know About Spirulina (Algae)


What is Spirulina?

In short: Spirulina is a blue-green algae with incredible benefits.

It is used to be used as food and nowadays as a dietary supplement.

Spirulina is also commercially produced (in a lab).

HOW MANY CALORIES ARE IN SPIRULINA?

One tablespoon of Spirulina has only around 20 calories.

Not a lot, right?
Think about how many nutritions are stuffed in Spirulina! It is worth every tiny calorie.
Plus, you don’t need much. 

Have a look at below “how to take spirulina”.

WHEN WAS SPIRULINA DISCOVERED?

Spirulina was food for the Aztecs and other Mesoamericans.

Although for them it was simply a source of food until the 16th century.

Then later in the 1960s, French researchers found spirulina at Lake Texcoco.

Only slowly, do the searchers realise some of its potential?

Studies are still ongoing on its enormous effects.

IS SPIRULINA (THE ALGAE) A SUPERFOOD?

Yes, Spirulina is s superfood. Because it is outstandingly nutrition-dense.

If you like superfood smoothies, you might also like this one with fruits:

RELATED: 3min-Powerful Breakfast “Dragon-Smoothie” (strawberry + pineapple) Its a MUST

Or if you like it chocolaty:

-> The HAPPY VEGAN CACAO Smoothie Bowl Recipe (You Must Try)

IS SPIRULINA GOOD AND SUITED FOR VEGANS (VEGETARIANS)?

Yipp!

Spirulina is good for you, especially if you are a vegan and vegetarian.

How come?

Because it contains plenty of vitamins and proteins. 

Also, Vitamin B12 is high extremely in spirulina, which is great.

Because Vitamin B12 is mainly only found in meat otherwise and that’s why most vegans and vegetarians are short on it.


Did you know?

Spirulina has been used by NASA and astronauts as a dietary supplement.

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Types of Spirulina.


Mango sliced as a close up. cocoa nibs driszlet on top. At the bottom of the picture as a close up blue spirulina smoothie in a glass with cacao nibs and coconut sprinkles in a circle sprinkled as topping

SUPPLEMENT VS POWDER.

You can either buy spirulina powder and add it into vibrant smoothies, or lattes, or mix it into water.
Also, you can bake with spirulina, but with low temperatures, as the colour will get less vibrant under heat.

The other option is to take spirulina as a supplement (tablets or capsules) if you aren’t managing to include it enough in your diet. 

I don’t think you need the supplement if you include it in recipes. But if you don’t always have time for a smoothie or shake, or are travelling, they are not bad.

Green vs Blue Spirulina.

Is there a difference between (blue-)green and blue spirulina?

Do you know, what is blue spirulina powder good for compared to green ones? Is there even a difference?

Not really. There is not a big difference between the benefits of green and blue spirulina powder.
The powder simply comes from different algae.

Green S. Powder-UK
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Blue S. Powder- UK
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WHAT DOES BLUE-GREEN SPIRULINA TASTE?

Spirulina in itself, taste a little earthy I would say.

It is an alga.

And this is how it tastes.

The green powder will leave an impact on your taste buds (slightly). The smell is also quite overpowering.

So I would compare the taste with dried seaweed? Try it and let me know what you think, it is very hard to describe! 

Let me know in the comments, what you think after trying the blue and green powder! I can’t describe it very well 😀

WHAT DOES BLUE SPIRULINA TASTE LIKE?

Good news, if you are more sensitive to taste and smell:

Blue spirulina taste quite neutral. It’s hardly noticeable. That’s another reason why I am so obsessed with it.

(Besides blue is my favourite colour!)

If you mix it into a glass of water, it will more likely change the texture, rather than much of the flavour.

WHAT DOES SPIRULINA TASTE LIKE IN SMOOTHIES?

Well, if you mix a teaspoon into a smoothie, you won’t taste much of a difference.
Although, if you chose green spirulina and don’t taste too “fishy” or touch too “ocean-like” for you try this:

TIP:

Choose fruits in your smoothies, such as banana, mango or pineapples, which would overpower the spirulina taste if you are sensitive. Like in this smoothie.

IS THE GREEN OR BLUE SPIRULINA HEALTHIER?

Let me tell you, in all honesty:

There is not a huge difference between the two.

But remember, that the green spirulina is the complete algae. And the blue powder is made from just the extract.

This means the green spirulina has more health benefits, as the blue powder is missing chlorophyll.

Chlorophyll gives the powder a green colour.

In other words: The green spirulina has all the health benefits of the blue one, but more.

The additional health benefits of green spirulina are:

  • Anti-Cancerous
  • Anti-Ageing
  • Skin-Health
  • Anti-Oxidant
  • Superoxide

Green vs blue Spirulina – Comparison Chart.


GREEN SPIRULINABLUE SPIRULINA
Appearance:Blue-GreenBlue
Type:
Whole food (algae)

Extract (Phycocyanin)
Taste:Algae-like, earthy, fishy, stronger, Whole-food
Natural, settled, mild to tasteless
Smell:
Algae-like, fishy, stronger

Mild to odourless
Health
Benefits:

More nutritions = benefits

Slightly fewer benefits (missing Chlorophyll)

How To Take Spirulina.


How much Spirulina a day?

DAILY RECOMMENDED INTAKE.

How much spirulina can or should you eat a day?

The amount of spirulina you can consume a day depends on the condition is being used for. 

Overall you can take 1-8 grams a day

of spirulina.

That is about 1 tablespoon (7g) a day per person.

This recipe asks for two tablespoons. But don’t worry, it is for two servings. So I am not feeding you double the amount of the DRI.


As you never know about the side effects. So stick to the doses.
But you can adjust it as you like and take less.

It depends as well on the fact if you include Spirulina in your daily recipes or just occasionally.

DAILY RECOMMENDED INTAKE PER CONDITION.

When to take Spirulina – in the morning or night?

WHEN TO TAKE SPIRULINA – FOR WEIGHT LOSS.

Before The Meal:
  • Spirulina can manage your weight loss, as it fills you up. It contains a high amount of absorbable proteins.
  • Consuming Spirulina before meals can help with weight loss. To explain, when you get fat from food and your body can store it more efficiently because of spirulina. his means, your body stores less fat.
  • To make the most of the high dose of iron, that Spirulina can provide, drink the smoothie or drink before the meal. As with Spirulina, iron is easily digestible, without any side effects (not like with iron tablets))

WHEN TO TAKE SPIRULINA – FOR BRAIN FOG, ENERGY & SUPPORT OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

In the Morning:
  • Taking Spirulina consistently in the morning can give you amazing long term goals. It can give you an energy boost over to a clear mind. A perfect start in the morning.
  • Spirulina is also great to support your immune system. Because it is high in Vitamin B 6 and B12 and iron.
  • Because Spirulina has all essential amino acids zinc and iron, it helps your hair to grow. Vitamin B12 even prevents or slows down the growth of grey hair!

WHERE TO BUY BLUE OR GREEN SPIRULINA POWDER?

You can either buy the green spirulina locally, in Holland and Barret (UK) for example.

Otherwise in whole food shops.

The blue is more difficult to find as it’s rarer. B

Because it’s going through more processes to get produced.

I am usually lucky on amazon when it is not sold out. Which has been the case quite often. So I rather buy 2-3 packages, so they last me at least a few months, if not a year.

The blue spirulina is pretty much sold out all the time, at least on the American Amazon. 🙁


10 Health Benefits Of Spirulina.


1. SUSTAINABILITY

Spirulina is also brilliant from the sustainability factors.

The production of Spirulina takes about ten times less water compared to harvesting veggies.

2. NUTRIENT-DENSE

The algae are nutrient-dense and contain plenty of vitamins. Plus, it is very high in proteins! 

You can see in the nutritional breakdown of this smoothie is SUPER-ULTRA HIGH in proteins. 

It would have 8g without any protein powder, and about 10g (21%) with 1Tbsp of protein powder)

3. ANTIOXIDANT & ANTI-INFLAMMATORY

Research shows that Spirulina has antioxidant and inflammation-fighting properties.

It can prevent many diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, anaemia, cancer and more.

5. ENERGY BOOST / BONE & JOINT HEALTH

Spirulina can also help with joint and bone paint and boost your energy. It can increase your muscle strength as well! 

6. IT HELPS WITH MENTAL HEALTH

Are you struggling with anxiety or stress? It seems Spirulina can positively help to ease these symptoms, too.

7. IMPROVES YOUR GUT HEALTH

It is easily digestible. Also, Spirulina is possibly beneficial for your gut (more research is necessary).

8. DIABETES MANAGEMENT

On top of that, it is looking promising that this plant has got a positive influence on managing diabetes

9. HEALTHY HEART

This magical powder could have a good impact on your heart.

Because it may reduce high blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

10. BOOST METABOLISM/WEIGHT CONTROL

Are you wondering if this superfood can also shrink your belly fat?

Good news for you. Studies have shown that spirulina has been helpful with weight management. More research is needed, too.

On top of that, can boost your metabolism. This means it is increasing your energy. And it may increase the number of calories you burn daily! That again leads to weight loss.


Risks of Spirulina.


Overall Spirulina is pretty harmless and extremely good for you. 

But, still, most foods (even superfoods) come with some side effects and downsides.

Toxins

Some algae could get in contact with fertilizer and waste runoff. This is because not all states have strict rules and guidelines.

That’s why there could be a risk that some spirulina is infected with toxins (microcystins).

When Should You Avoid Spirulina?

  1. When you take medications (speak to your health specialist)
  2. It is possible that Spirulina also worsens autoimmune conditions.
  3. For example lupus, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis. Better check with your doctor if you aren’t sure.
  4. Spirulina also makes your blood thinner. Meaning, that it slows down the blood clotting process. Blood clotting is important when you are injured as it prevents excessive bleeding.

Can you take spirulina when you are pregnant?

I have found different sources, some recommend, that spirulina might be a good supplement during pregnancy, other suggestions, there is not enough evidence found.

So my advice is to rather speak to your doctor or health specialist to make sure.


Chlorella vs Spirulina.


WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEM?

Are you confused as well, about the different superfoods? Chlorella comes often up when searching for Spirulina.

But what is it exactly and which one is better?

Spirulina is the highest source of protein, by the way. But both contain high amounts.

Chlorella and Spirulina (the green one) are the highest sources of chlorophyll on this planet.

BENEFITS OF SPIRULINA AND CHLORELLA TOGETHER.

Many athletes take Spirulina and Chlorella together, as they have similar health benefits, but Chlorella has some crucial additional benefits.

Because Chlorella can repair torn muscle cells after hard workout sessions, is a great benefit for athletes.

Why should you not only take Chlorella? 

Spirulina is still important to take, as it gives you an energy boostclears your mind, and is also high in high in growth-like properties.

SIMILARITIES OF CHLORELLA AND SPIRULINA

  • blue-green algae
  • High in protein
  • Highest sources of chlorophyll
  • High sources of Vitamin B’s
  • Available as Supplement & Powder 
  • Both are affordable. Spirulina (Cacao & Acai) belongs even to the most three affordable superfoods

DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SPIRULINA AND CHLORELLA

  • Chlorella can quadruple itself within 20 hours = Grows super fast.
  • Chlorella can repair torn muscle cells after workouts 
  • Chlorella has some benefits, that Spirulina does not have (see health benefits)

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CHLORELLA.

  • Repair torn muscle cells after workouts
  • Boost healthy cell growth
  • Regenerate tissues in the body
  • Repair immune deficiencies

Which one is better? Chlorella or Spirulina?

In short: Spirulina is a detoxifying, cleansing alga, which super high amount of proteins, iron and Vitamin B12.

In short: Chlorella is an alga mostly for cleaning and rebuilding the blood or immune system.

Surely you can also take them both. Especially if you are an athlete or working out a lot.

There are supplements where Chlorella and Spirulina are combined. (So no need to buy double the amount.)

Chlorella and Spirulina supplements combined.

Or you can buy the powders Chlorella powder UK (US) and mix it half and half in your smoothies, drinks and recipes.


Did you know?

Spirulina is super fast in reproduction!


More Health Benefits Of This Recipe…



Swapping Ingredients In This Blue Spirulina Smoothie Bowl Recipe


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Which milk should I use?

  • I have made this recipe which various types of unsweetened milks. From soy milk to almond and cashew milk to coconut milk. It is completely up to you. Recently I have moved away from almond milk, due to several factors.
  • Recently I have moved away from almond milk, due to several factors. Mostly, that is the killing of bees and I am trying to be more conscious about the environment. Not just about what is convenient. But it is a shame, that that the only plant-based milk which is the most affordable one, and so easily available.
    But if we all start shifting, I believe the productions will too. But even with other plan milks have their challenges and downsides.
    So I got really deep and wrote some content on that as well, as milk is one of the key ingredients in most recipes!
    (Smoothies, baking and other desserts) And we consume it daily. Just alone for my coffee and tea’s I use tons.

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Can I use water instead of milk?

  • Of course! To keep calories low and to keep hydrated, water in smoothies is not a bad idea.
    Otherwise to add more nutrition, especially, if you use smoothies as a meal replacement I would choose an (unsweetened) milk.

Can I replace pineapples?

  • Yes, pineapples can be replaced with any other sweet fruits, like:
    Mangos (best replacement), kiwis, peaches, blackberries or other sweet fruits.

Check out all veggies and fruits on top of the post, that help to clean and detox your body.

Can I replace Spirulina?

Miracle smoothie bowl: Blue Spirulina recipe and sliced mango in background with long dessert spoon

Miracle smoothie bowl: Blue Spirulina recipe

Jula
This vibrant blue smoothie bowl is not just mesmerizing to look at but provides amazing health benefits.
When a smoothie bowl, is healthy, powerful and sweet like this one, it is truly a miracle bowl. Are you ready to be enchanted?
Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Appetizer, Dessert, Drinks, Main Course, smoothie
Cuisine American
Servings 2
Calories 154 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Blender

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup unsweetened milk of choice
  • 3 tbsp greek yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp spirulina powder blue (or green)
  • 1 tsp protein powder optional
  • ½ cup frozen pineapple
  • ½ cup frozen mango
  • ½ cup frozen cauliflower optional
  • 4-6 pieces ice optional

Instructions
 

SOFTS

  • Add your "soft" ingredients to the blender: Unsweetened milk and greek yoghurt.

POWDERS

  • Ideally add now the spirulina powder to the mix.
  • And if you want protein powder, do it now as well. You add powders after the veggies (before the ice), but it could be messy. As the spirulina and protein powder might end up everywhere in the blender.

FROZEN FRUITS/VEGGIES

  • Now it's time for all the veggies and fruits: Frozen pineapple, and mango and if you like to make the smoothie creamy, add a low calorie and healthy vegetable and add cauliflower. (You can't taste it!).

ICE

  • To make the smoothie super fresh and thick, add ice. (only if you have a high-speed blender, like a Vitamix). Otherwise, you are fine with just the frozen ingredients.

BLEND

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth. Start on a lower setting and increase the speed slowly. Help you with the temper if needed.
  • Serve immediately. Enjoy!

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13 Tips:
How To Make The Best Smoothie.


What to do 

  • Always add a little bit of liquid. You can top it up in the end, if you think it’s too thick.
  • The longer you blend it, the thinner the smoothie becomes.
  • Variety is key. Ensure not to stick with the same greens and smoothies. Get the nutritions from different veggies & fruits.
  • Remember that green Spirulina has some additional health benefits you try the green one too.
  • Make the smoothie your own. Be creative and add all kinds of nuts, seeds or superfoods (see toppings)
  • This smoothie is not rich in fibre, so feel free to check out the toppings to include things like nuts, seeds or nut butter

What NOT to do 

  • Avoid adding too much sweeteners (fruits already sweeten smoothies naturally)
  • Don’t make your smoothie too sweet by adding additional sweeteners (the fruits are sweet enough)
  • Avoid buying cheap superfoods (they add fillers, to make it cheap)
  • Don’t use veggies without washing them (bugs, toxins, pesticides, coatings etc)
  • Try not to kill your travel blender, by skipping water. The number of fibres will break it (high-speed blenders are fine)
  • Don’t skip on vitamins and minerals. Make your smoothie nutrition-dense, like this recipe
  • Make sure to not go over your DRI (daily recommended intake) of spirulina (about max 8 grams) 1 tsp is 7 grams.

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