Easy recipe for a green smoothie with refreshing and well-balanced, sweet-sour taste
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.
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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.
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.
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).
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.
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
- Prepare the ingredients
Peel the kiwi and cut it into pieces.
Cut the pineapple into chunks (if using fresh pineapple, peel it before).
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.
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:
Spirulina Pineapple Smoothie
- 2 Slices Unsweetened pineapple (around 130 gr.)
- 1 Kiwi
- ½ Cup Pineapple juice (120 ml)
- ⅛ Teaspoon Spirulina powder
- 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.
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!