Superfood Blueberry Green Smoothie

By Sally Cameron on January 26, 2016

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Since we drink smoothies every morning for breakfast, I am continually in creative mode coming up with healthy, great tasting combinations. Here is the green smoothie I have been drinking for some time – my blueberry green smoothie.

If you haven’t yet tried green smoothies because they sound too weird, this one might change your mind. And the health benefits are huge.

Versatile Smoothies

There are many great things about smoothies. They are fast and easy to make, endlessly customizable, super healthy (with the right ingredients) and transportable to take with you on busy mornings. In fact, I’ve had one most every morning for more than 15 years. You could say I am hooked.

Oh, and this one? As I took the photo well after breakfast, I capped the jar and put it in the fridge. The next morning, I poured the jar into a blender and re-blended it and it was perfect. I am sure a really good shake would have sufficed, so they can even be made ahead if time is tight.

Superfood Blueberry Green Smoothie

I’ve used all superfoods to create one super way to start the day. The blue comes from blueberries and a blue-green micro algae called spirulina. More green power comes from big handfuls of baby spinach leaves.

To complete the smoothie, add protein (options at end), healthy fat from nut butter (almond, coconut, or cashew), and extra flavor from raw cacao powder and chocolate flavored liquid stevia drops.

Note – I usually buy my nut butters from Thrivemarket.com, because their prices are really good. The brand I buy is Artisana, for the taste and quality. Do what work best for you.

Beautiful Blueberries

Nutrient-dense blueberries are packed with nutrition. Toss them into plain Greek yogurt, add to steel cut oats, or add them to smoothies. Blueberries are high in fiber, vitamins C and K and are thought to contain the highest levels of antioxidants of all commonly consumed fruits and vegetables (say the great folks over at Authority Nutrition).

Blueberries are thought to help reduce blood pressure, prevent heart disease and they are great brain food to boot. Talk about food as medicine, these little berries offer huge health benefits. But be sure to buy organic. Conventional blueberries have high levels of pesticides.

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Superfood Spirulina

Spirulina is considered one of the world’s first superfoods. Its one of the most nutrient-rich, nutritionally complete foods on earth and offers a long list of health benefits.

The fine, dark emerald green powder mixes easily into smoothies. That rich green color comes from chlorophyll, a natural detoxifier, helping our bodies get rid of toxins and other impurities. Spirulina also boost our immune system.

Just 1 teaspoon of spirulina provides 2 grams of complete protein (all essential amino acids) along with non-essential amino acids, and an amazing array of vitamins and minerals. I highly recommend you read more about the benefits here.

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After researching brands, I buy Nutrex Hawaii. It’s the only one of its kind to be cultured in a BioSecure Zone that is free of pesticides, herbicides, and GMOs on the big island of Hawaii. For pennies a day, you can add this amazing superfood to your diet.

One note – if you are sensitive or allergic to iodine, skip the spirulina.

Baby Spinach

Adding baby spinach leaves to your morning smoothie is like an insurance policy to getting enough green veggies into your daily diet. The tender leaves blend smoothly into an emerald puree and it sounds crazy, but you don’t taste the spinach.

Another nutrient powerhouse, spinach is rich in vitamins (K and A), minerals (Manganese and folate) and powerful little plant compounds called phytonutrients, shown to have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. In particular, the high levels of vitamin K are great for our bone health.

The Rest of the Ingredients

Milks – Start with your milk of choice. Homemade almond milk and coconut milk are great bases. Homemade is so much better than from a store and no unwanted additives. See links for recipes.

Protein – Try a clean, unsweetened, plant-based or grass fed whey based protein powder.

Read this post for help in how to choose a protein powder and a list of alternative ways to add protein from whole food sources such as hemp and chia seeds, nut butters (which also provide healthy fat) and plain Greek yogurt, for those who are not dairy sensitive.

My two current choices for protein are Pure Foods Raw Cacao (plant-based) and Naked Nutrition grass fed unsweetened, unflavored whey. You can use a full serving or half serving and supplement with hemp or chia seeds for more whole food nutritoin.

Sweetness and flavor – I add a few drops of chocolate flavored liquid stevia and a little raw cacao powder for a chocolately flavor.

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Superfood Blueberry Green Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1

Superfood Blueberry Green Smoothie

This blueberry green smoothie is a nutritious way to start the day. Blueberries, baby spinach, and blue-green spirulina add a superfood punch of nutrition. Use your milk of choice, and vary ways to add protein. Nut butters add flavor, creaminess and healthy fat. Whirl in a blender and enjoy.

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces almond milk
  • 3 handfuls (3 ounces) baby spinach leaves
  • 1/3 cup organic blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 teaspoon spirulina (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon cashew, almond or coconut butter
  • 1 serving (1-2 scoops) protein powder (see notes in post)
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 1/2 teaspons raw cacao powder
  • a few drops of chocolate liquid stevia (optional)
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Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend gradually, getting to high, until smooth.
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4 Comments

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Denise | January 27, 2016 at 2:51 pm

Spinach? How does it taste? I it suppose to be sweet, smooth, chocolate, cacao. I will give it a try mixin with spinach.

Pastor Rick Robinson | January 27, 2016 at 6:47 pm

Can’t wait to try it Sally 🙂 Do you think it’s more nutritional to do a pre-mixed pack of chard, spinach, and kale or just spinach?

    Sally Cameron | January 27, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    I really prefer just the baby spinach. You hardly taste it, it blends smooth, the taste is mild. Save the kale for a nice warn or raw kale salad. I am a big kale lover but prefer spinach in my smoothies.

Ellie @ best blender | January 2, 2017 at 6:24 pm

Yummy! This superfood blueberry green Smoothie Recipe looks is really awesome! This recipe gives me an excuse to trying it! Thanks for share…

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