Refreshing Pineapple, Kiwi and Spirulina Smoothie

Easy recipe for a green smoothie with refreshing and well-balanced, sweet-sour taste

Green smoothie with spirulina, pineapple and kiwi

Spirulina is a superfood with an intense green color, and it turns out, it pairs perfectly with sweet and juicy pineapple. 
So this smoothie recipe is delicious and packed with nutrients at the same time.
Also, it’s delightfully quick and easy to make because you’ll only need 4 ingredients.

Ingredients

  • Pineapple
  • Pineapple juice
  • Kiwi
  • Spirulina powder

Pineapple

I find it very convenient to use canned pineapple (unsweetened), because that way you can use the juice from the can as well.
However, fresh pineapple or frozen pineapple also work great for this smoothie.

Pineapple juice

As I usually make this recipe using unsweetened canned pineapple, I use the juice that already comes in the can. But if you don’t have pineapple juice, you may use another juice of your choice.
I would say apple juice and orange juice are quite good alternatives because their color and taste match well with the rest of the ingredients.
If you have absolutely no juice, you may also use water, but of course, the result will be a little watery and with a slightly less fruity taste.

Kiwi

I like peeling the kiwi because this makes the smoothie more pleasant to drink, but you can leave the skin on if you’d prefer having more fiber.

You may choose green or yellow kiwi.
I personally prefer using green kiwi for this recipe, so the smoothie stays more on the tangy side. On the other hand, it’s perfectly okay to use kiwis that have gone a little bit too soft for eating (as long as they are not gone bad).

Spirulina powder

Green spirulina powder

Since spirulina, the key ingredient in this smoothie, has a very intense color, a little amount goes a long way.
I find it challenging to give the exact measure for such a small amount, but keep in mind that ¼ teaspoon is probably more than enough for a serving.

What’s spirulina?

Spirulina is a tiny algae (aquatic plant) that grows both in freshwater or saltwater.
It was already harvested by the ancient Aztecs; then it became popular as a superfood when the NASA discovered it could be grown in space to nourish astronauts.
Spirulina, also known as green or blue algae, it’s considered the most nutrient-dense food known, being rich in protein, vitamin B1, B2, and B3 copper and iron. It also contains omega-6 and omega-3, while being relatively low in calories and carbs.
Taken directly, spirulina has a somewhat odd taste, vegetal, sometimes similar to that of seaweed, even somehow fishy. Fortunately, when used in small quantities in smoothies, its taste is undetectable.

Time needed: 5 minutes.

How to make a smoothie with spirulina, pineapple and kiwi

  1. Prepare the ingredients

    Peel the kiwi and cut it into pieces.
    Cut the pineapple into chunks (if using fresh pineapple, peel it before).Chopped fruit to make spirulina smoothie

  2. Blend

    Place all ingredients to a strong blender.
    Trick for good blending results: always put the liquids and the softest ingredients (in this particular case the juice and kiwi) nearer the blades.
    Blend until completely smooth.green smoothie with spirulina

Nutritional benefits of this smoothie

Pineapple, kiwi and spirulina, the ingredients of this smoothie, enjoy a reputation of being healthy, providing beneficial compounds such as:

  • VITAMIN C – both kiwi and pineapple are higher in vitamin C than oranges.
  • ANTIOXIDANTS – pineapple is rich in bromelain, a substance that may lower inflammation; kiwis provide carotenoids among other health-promoting phytochemicals.
    Spirulina is also a excellent source of antioxidant substances, concretely phycocyanin (responsible for spirulina’s unique color).
  • FIBER – both pineapple and kiwis are excellent sources of fiber.
  • PROTEIN – a full teaspoon (around 5 gr.) of dried spirulina powder has 2,5-3 gr. protein (about 60% of spirulina’s weight). While this may not be a lot in this smoothie (since we use a very small amount of spirulina), it sums up.
  • IRON – spirulina contains iron, about 11 mg per Tablespoon (to have a some reference: that’s more than 50 times more than in spinach).
  • ELECTROLYTES – pineapples are loaded with potassium, an electrolyte that can help with rehydration.
green smoothie with spirulina
5 from 1 vote

Spirulina Pineapple Smoothie

A healthy and very easy to make smoothie with pineapple, kiwi and spirulina
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Prep Time:5 mins
Total Time:5 mins

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 Slices Unsweetened pineapple (around 130 gr.)
  • 1 Kiwi
  • ½ Cup Pineapple juice (120 ml)
  • Teaspoon Spirulina powder

Instructions

  • Peel the kiwi and cut into pieces.
    Cut the pineapple into chunks (peel if using fresh pineapple)
  • Put everything together and blend thoroughly, until smooth.
    Chopped fruit to make spirulina smoothie

Notes

To make the blending process easier, put the liquids and softer ingredients (pineapple juice and kiwi) nearer the blade than the harder ones (in this case, pineapple).

Nutrition

Calories: 210kcal
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Fat, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: kiwi, pineapple, smoothie, spirulina
Servings: 1 Serving
Calories: 210kcal

This Spirulina Pineapple Smoothie is so easy to make, and it’s perfect for a quick breakfast, a snack in hot days or after a workout.
This green smoothie with fruit is also a great source of vitamin C, dietary fiber and electrolytes and most importantly, a very pleasant way to add some spirulina, a nutrient-dense superfood, to your diet. So, I truly hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do at home!

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you very much for showing me how to use Spirulina in a drink.
    I had heard about Spirulina being an awesome superfood so wanted to know a way to use it so it tastes good.
    This drink is really so easy and delicious!

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