Spirulina Pineapple Super Smoothie

OK, the stats are in: 100% of us love smoothies. 😜 They're easy, they're filling, they're delicious—and, with the right ingredients, they're healthful and can even help keep the calories down.

You’re going to love this Spirulina Pineapple Super Smoothie for all of it’s tasty benefits. Spirulina is a very helpful supplement but can be a bit rough to drink down on its own. Mixing it into a great tasting smoothie just like this one, is a great way to make sure you get its benefits while drinking something you enjoy. The powerful flavors of pineapple totally override the spirulina.

This one might just have to be on repeat this week! I posted it on Instagram stories a few weeks ago and got a lot of messages asking for the recipe. So, here it is!

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Spirulina Pineapple Super Smoothie

Makes 1 18oz Serving

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What You’ll Need

1 cup spinach
1/2 small avocado (65g)
2 celery stalks 
1 tbs  Spirulina (I used this brand)
3 tbsp hemp seeds
1 tbs Nordic Naturals Marine Collagen 
1/2 cup pineapple, frozen
8 oz water + 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar 
5-6 ice cubes

Tools: High-Speed Blender (I used this brand)

What You’ll Need

In a high-speed blender, high-speed blend for 60-90 seconds until smooth. Pour & enjoy!

Cardamom Collagen Marshmallows

Cardamom Collagen Marshmallows

Summer nights and bonfires are calling for s'mores, and I found myself obsessing over a DIY version of this nostalgic squishy treat. My desire for a healthier marshmallow was on! I came across this amazing marshmallow recipe by the Wellness Mama, but I wanted to use maple syrup instead of honey for a real, marshmallowy flavor, and some cardamom to elevate the taste!

But, I'm sure you might be asking yourself, why would I make marshmallows when they’re so easy to find pre-made at the store? For starters, these are much healthier than the store bought version. Plus, they are super easy to make, and you can make them your own with different flavors. 

And, if you are going to attempt this recipe, a candy thermometer is necessary! A few hiccups along the way, The Urbane Poser has great troubleshooting tips.

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Cardamom Collagen Marshmallows
Cardamom Collagen Marshmallows

What You'll Need

1 cup water, divided
4 tbsp Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin
1 cup maple syrup
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp of Marshmallow Root tea (I used this brand)
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
½ cup arrowroot powder

What You'll Need To Know

Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper and sprinkle with arrowroot powder. 

Mix together 1 cup of warm water with 1 tablespoon of Marshmallow Root and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir well and strain, making sure that the liquid makes a whole cup.

Pour 1/2 cup of marshmallow root water into the bowl of a stand mixer and sprinkle the gelatin on top, and let it grow for at least 10 minutes. 

Add the remaining 1/2 cup marshmallow water, maple syrup, and salt to a small pot with a candy thermometer. Heat over medium heat and stir the mixture for the first minute only, keeping a close eye that it doesn’t boil over, cooking until the mixture reaches 240F, about 15 minutes.

Turn your stand mixer to a low setting to break up the gelatin and slowly adding in the liquid mixture on top. Gradually increase the speed to high and beat until the mixture resembles marshmallow fluff. This step should take about 8-10 minutes. Add the vanilla extract and cardamom.

Pour the marshmallow into the pan and flatten the top with a spatula. Sprinkle some arrowroot powder on top and allow to set overnight.

Remove parchment paper from the pan and invert onto a cutting board. Remove the paper and dust with more arrowroot powdered. Cut the marshmallow into squares and add more arrowroot powdered as necessary to prevent any sticking.

These hold up for about 2-3 days in the refrigerator.