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!

Cinnamon Pecan Smoothie

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Happy 2018, Friends! Did you have a good time ringing in the new year? Hopefully, you aren’t hungover and are starting it off right. My morning has been quite a productive one making pecan, cashew, and coconut kinds of milk, and a few other yummy meals and things for the week. I made this #smoothie using the pecan milk, and it turned out great!  

The pecan milk adds that hint of a nutty pastry flavor and the cinnamon protein powder adds the perfect combination to the blend. This smoothie does every creamy bite of pecan pie, minus the added sugar and the naughty ingredients. 


Cinnamon Pecan Smoothie

What You'll Need

1 cup spinach
1 small zucchini (50g)
1/2 small avocado (50g)
1/4 cup blueberries
1 scoop MRM cinnamon bun veggie protein powder
1/2 tsp ashwagandha
1/2 cup pecan milk
5 ice cubes
Scout Backcountry Cinnamon Pumpkin Seeds
1 tbsp rose petals
1/2 tbsp GroundUp Coconut Cardamom w/ Chia Seed Almond + Cashew Butter,

What You'll Need To Know

Blend for 60 seconds in a high-speed blender. 

Pour and top with pumpkin seeds, nut butter, and dried rose petals.

Enjoy!

The recipe makes 1 serving.

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Valerie Fidan

Valerie is a San Francisco native who gave up the comforts of home to travel the world continuously. Now based in Portland, OR, Valerie is a Social Media Marketing Consultant, helping solo entrepreneurs and small business owners DIY their social media by teaching them the in’s and out’s of SMM. She enjoys health hacking recipes, a good cocktail, yoga, hikes, live shows, puns & dad jokes.

Stress Fighting Smoothie

Here's to a tasty travel day and the start of this work-cation!! First stop.. North Carolina. It's a quick stop to say "hi" to the in-laws and drop off our fur babes. This smoothie is perfect for a day f travel because it's loaded with so much nutrients, yet light enough to not give you an upset tummy.

This smoothie includes Sacha inchi, which is rich in protein, omega-3, -6, and -9, alpha-tocopherol, vitamin E, and carotenoids (Vitamin A), and fiber. Its unique collection of nutrients provides notable benefits for the body, like helping with overall immune system support and fights stress. As for the taste, it has a mild nutty, almost peanut taste to it, makig it a perfect swap for nut butter!

Stress Fighting Smoothie

What You'll Need

1 handful baby spinach
1/2 small avocado
2 tbsp coconut shavings
1/2 lemon, peeled
1 tbsp MRM Sacha Inchi powder
1/4 cup coconut water
1/4 cup cashew nut milk
1/2 cup mint tea, brewed and chilled
1/2 tsp Matcha powder (I used this brand) 
1 scoop Vital Proteins collagen peptides
4 drops Stevia

What You'll Need To Know

Add all ingredients to a high-speed blended up for 90 seconds, or until smooth.

Recipe makes 1 serving.

 

 

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Blue Majik Cauliflower Smoothie

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I absolutely love smoothies, especially when they are veggie heavy. 

Lately, I've been throwing in Cauliflower in my smoothie since it contains more vitamin C than oranges. It's full of vitamin B, fiber and has a high amount of antioxidant nutrients. This in return helps prevent free radicals from damaging the body’s cells. 

Cauliflower also contains potassium and phosphorous, which helps support and repair the body’s nervous system and immune systems, muscles, and bones. It also helps lower your blood sugar levels and gives your smoothies an incredible creamy texture. All of these are excellent reasons to throw some into your morning or midday smoothies. As for the taste? You'd never suspect cauli being an ingredient since it is virtually flavorless!

cauliflower smoothie

What You'll Need

1 cup cauliflower, riced*
1/2 zucchini, chopped*
1/4 avocado*
1/2 cup blueberries, organic*
3/4 cup cashew or coconut milk
1 scoop blue majik blue-green algae
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp vanilla powder
1 scoop collagen peptides (I used this brand)
2-3 drops stevia

Toppings: bee pollen

What You'll Need To Know

In a high-speed blender add all ingredients except bee pollen, and blend for 30-60 seconds.

Pour in a glass and top with bee pollen.

Recipe makes one 32oz serving or 2 small servings. 

* Freeze ahead of time!

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Avocado-Zucchini-Coconut #LayeredSmoothie

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Avocado. Zucchini. Coconut. Layered smoothie? Okay, I know what you're thinking... that sounds tucking weird! But, trust me on this! It tastes really yummy! You can't even taste the zucchini in this.

Layer 1:  small avocado, zucchini, coconut cream, stevia, all natural unsweetened peanut butter, unsweetened cashew milk

Layer 2: kiwi, thinly sliced

Layer 3: small avocado, zucchini, coconut cream, stevia,all natural unsweetened peanut butter, unsweetened cashew milk, spirulina

Layer 4: coconut flakes

In a high-speed blender add 1 small avocado (100g), 1 tablespoon coconut cream, 3 drops stevia,  1 tablespoon all natural peanut butter, 1.5 cups unsweetened cashew milk, 3 ice cubes and blend for 30-60 seconds. Pour half of the mixture into 1 cup and set aside. Add 1 teaspoon spirulina to the remaining mixture and blend for 30 seconds. Divide mixture into 2 cups and place in the freezer for 10 minutes. Peel and slice 1 kiwi and place around the glass of the smoothie cups. Add the third layer of the mixture you set aside and return to freezer for 10 more minutes. Once ready, add 1 tablespoon coconut flakes to each. Enjoy!

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What You'll Need

1 small avocado (100g)
1 tablespoon coconut cream, 3 drops stevia,
1 tablespoon all natural peanut butter
2 cups unsweetened cashew milk
3 ice cubes and blend for 30-60 seconds
1 kiwi
1 small zucchini
2 tablespoon coconut flakes

What You'll Need To Know

1. In a high-speed blender add 1 small avocado (100g), 1 small zucchini (sliced), 1 tablespoon coconut cream, 3 drops stevia, 1 tablespoon all natural peanut butter, 1 zucchini, sliced, 1.5 cup unsweetened cashew milk, 3 ice cubes and blend for 30-60 seconds.

2. Pour half of the mixture into 1 cup and set aside.

3. Add 1 teaspoon spirulina and 1/2 cup unsweetened cashew milk, to the remaining mixture and blend for 30 seconds. Divide mixture into 2 cups and place in the freezer for 10 minutes.
 

4. Peel and slice 1 kiwi and place around the glass of the smoothie cups for the second layer.

5. Add the third layer of the mixture you set aside and return to freezer for 10 more minutes.

6. Once ready, add 1 tablespoon coconut flakes to each. Enjoy!

Recipe makes 2 servings.

Basic Building Blocks of a Power Smoothie + PB&K Smoothie Recipe

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I'm total smoothie junkie! They are so healthy, packed with fiber and nutrients, and a quick and easy grab-n-go snack, breakfast, or post workout snack.

There are so many different combination possibilities.

Smoothies allow me to experiment. I very rarely follow a strict smoothie recipe, but the idea stays the same. Instead, I use whatever is in the house, carefully eye-balling each ingredient.

I love experimenting with whatever I have on hand. There really is no right or wrong way to make a smoothie. For those of you just getting started, here are the basic building blocks to make a good smoothie into a great one.

1. Pick a liquid base. This can be anything from your milk of choice (cow, soy, almond, etc.), water or coconut water. I personally like using water or coconut water. Coconut water adds an extra dimension to the smoothie compared to just water, and is a great source of electrolytes.

2. Pick a creamy base. Avocados and Bananas make for a great creamy base that blends all of the ingredients together.

3. Add 2 parts greens. Your greens should be one of your first ingredients in the blender. This way, the other ingredients will weigh down the greens in the blender and ensure that they are blended. Otherwise, the greens tend to stick to the side of the blender.

If you’re new to green smoothies, start out with a mild leafy green vegetable like baby spinach. You will barely taste it in your smoothie. As you get accustomed to making green smoothies, you can add other greens like kale, broccoli, cucumbers, swiss chard. I typically add two handfuls of greens to my smoothies, 1 handful of baby kale and the other of baby spinach.

4. Add a fruit of choice. Now, don't go too crazy with the fruit that you end up with a sugar bomb all-fruit smoothie. You can add fresh or frozen fruit. Frozen fruit like bananas and mango help to thicken the smoothie, whereas fresh fruit makes the smoothie a bit more watery. I like to add about a 1/4 of a cup of frozen fruit or full to half a banana.

5. Add a protein boost. Because you want your smoothies to be as balanced as possible, adding a boost of protein helps. I personally love using plant-based VegaOne Protein&Greens Viva Vanilla. It adds a creamy, slight hint of sweetness to my smoothies. Another great one that I love is Onnit's Hemp Force Active.

6. Add a superfood. Smoothies are a great way to sneak in some powerhouse nutrients like plain yogurt, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries, maca powder, protein powder, etc.

7. BLEND! And, enjoy.

Need some inspiration on a delicious smoothie combination? Try this.... PB + K Smoothie. It's really delicious and was inspired by Mountain Juicery's PB+K Smoothie.

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What You'll Need
1 handful of baby kale
1 handful spinach
1 tbsp Goji Berries (or 4 organic strawberries, fresh or frozen)
1/2 medium Banana
1 tablespoon Peanut Butter or Almond Butter
1 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk or water (I used water)
4 ice cubes
Optional: 1 Scoop protein (I used VegaOne Viva Vanilla)

What You'll Need To Know

Blend and put in a fancy glass for fun. Enjoy!

Irresistible Papaya Pineapple Smoothie

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If you've never thought to blend papaya into a smoothie, you're in for a treat. Papayas lend a creamy texture to a fruit or green smoothie. Being here in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, I've been eating a lot of papaya and pineapple. I love blending both into a smoothie with ginger and cucumber for a refreshing snack. Papayas uniquely tropical flavor blends well with other fruits from the region such as pineapple, banana and mango.

I love that papayas are high in vitamin C and are a good source of folate, potassium, fiber and vitamins A, E and K. Papayas are rich in antioxidants and the enzyme papain, which helps promote digestive health.

papaya pineapple smoothie

What You'll Need

1 cup papaya 1 cup pineapple 1 cucumber 1 inch ginger root 8 oz cold water Optional: 1 scoop plant based protein (I used Sun Warrior Warrior Blend)

Throw all of these delicious  ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend for 30 seconds or until the mixture is a smooth and creamy consistency.

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Irresistible Papaya Pineapple Smoothie
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Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup papaya
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 inch ginger root
  • 8 oz cold water
  • 1 scoop plant based protein (I used Sun <g class="gr_ gr_52 gr-alert gr_spell ContextualSpelling only-del replaceWithoutSep" id="52" data-gr-id="52">Warrior Warrior</g> blend Vanilla)
Instructions
  1. Throw all of these delicious ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend for 30 seconds or until the mixture is a smooth and creamy consistency.

 

Berry Vanilla with Chia Seeds Smoothie

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Berry Vanilla Smoothie, gluten-free, berry vanilla, vegan, healthy recipe, recipe, smoothie recipe I love smoothies. The thing to watch out for though, is that most smoothies that you’d get at a restaurant or juice shops are loaded with unhealthy sugary additives (like ice cream or frozen yogurt) which you really don’t need to make smoothies taste good. When done right, smoothies are a great way to get a ton of nutrients without adding sugar or compromising fiber. This Berry Vanilla with Chia Seeds is one of my favorite recipes that I have been making for years. This recipe is not only healthy, it's berry delicious. You may substitute the raspberries or blackberries for any other berries or fruit. I love adding the chia seeds to this because the chia seeds provide Omega-3 Fatty Acids, fiber, and minerals.

It is extremely easy to make your own smoothies at home: all you need is a blender, a few ingredients, and 5 minutes.

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What You'll Need

1/2 cup raspberries 1/2 cup blueberries 1/2 cup blackberries 1 tablespoon chia seeds 2 cups coconut water 12 ice cubes

If you freeze your berries ahead of time, you can omit the ice cubes.

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You'll want to place all of the ingredients in a blender, mix and enjoy!

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What To Love:

  • Chia seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids. Chia seeds' lipid profile is composed of 60 percent omega-3s, making them one of the richest plant-based sources of these fatty acids -- specifically, of alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA. The omega-3s in chia seeds can help reduce inflammation, enhance cognitive performance and reduce high cholesterol.
  • Berries in general are considered low in terms of their glycemic index (GI), making them a perfect add-in to smoothies.
Berry Vanilla Smoothie
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Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 2 cups coconut water
  • 12 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. You'll want to place all of the ingredients in a blender, mix and enjoy!