Believe it or not but I actually had no intention of making this into a festive smoothie bowl, but once I blended it up and added my usual go to toppings and looked down it screamed Christmas. Seeing as how I first made this at the beginning of November, I felt like I was really jumping the Christmas band-wagon, but now is another story and it is entirely appropriate and totally worth sharing...not to mention it's absolutely delicious, and loaded with one of my favorite superfoods.
Spirulina really is the highlighted ingredient in this smoothie bowl, and adds such amazing health benefits, not to mention a beautiful color when blended up in a smoothie. Spirulina is actually a type of blue-green micro-algae and is one of the oldest known life forms on Earth! How cool is that?!
Nutritionally, spirulina is an absolute powerhouse and is comprised of 8 essential amino acids and 10 non-essential amino acids. It is also high in chlorophyll, beta carotene, iron, and vitamin B12, manganese, not to mention it packs 4 grams of protein in a single tablespoon making it a great vegetarian source of protein.
Now while simply sprinkling some spirulina in your morning smoothie bowl isn't going to miraculously cure ailments, its high protein, and nutrient profile is absolutely a great plant based addition to your diet. Since I think that it can have a bit of a strong flavor when mixed with water alone, I really like to combine it in something like a smoothie bowl, and I would be lying if I said that bright bluish green color wasn't super fun to sit down to and eat.
Festive Spirulina Smoothie Bowl
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen papaya
- 1 cup almond milk (I really like to freeze mine into cubes and do half liquid/half frozen cubes)
- 1 tsp spirulina powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp maca powder (optional: good for healthy adrenal support)
- 1/2 tsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp gluten free oats
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 10 raspberries
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened coconut flakes
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on low and slowly increase speed to high.
- Blend until smooth and creamy.
- If your smoothie seems to be too thick and isn't blending well you can always add a splash of almond milk to thin it out.
- Next pour smoothie into bowl and top with toppings of your choice.
- Take a second to look at and appreciate your festive holiday inspired smoothie bowl and enjoy!