I’m writing this post on my Bar Harbor balcony, overlooking sailboats, sand, and beautiful water that sparkles for days. Just reflecting. Thinking. Breathing in the crisp, salty, perfectly cold Maine air.
There’s a sense of tranquility here that I’ve never before felt.
I feel wildy at peace. I think I’ll never leave.
But let’s talk smoothies for a second. I knew when it was time to jazz up the smoothie menu at Alchemy that I wanted to include a super bright green one. Adding kale and spinach is one shade of green, but spirulina is quite another. It basically turns each and every smoothie into an emerald forest. Or a green monster, if you will.
Spirulina isn’t just fun to say–it’s quite the nutritious little sea veg, too! This blue-green algae is loaded with protein, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants galore. I personally love it because it’s a complete protein (60-70% protein by weight, in fact) meaning it contains all nine amino acids that your body can’t make on its own. Long story short, it’s your one way ticket to health.*
*Everyone runs to the store and begins the spirulina diet.
I like to add about a teaspoon of spirulina to my smoothies these days. You won’t taste it unless you go overboard and throw a half cup of algae in the cup. Feesh smoothie, anyone?
Fresh orange juice is another hidden gem in this recipe. I’m spoiled with the cold-pressed orange juice we have ready to go every day at Alchemy, so naturally I whipped this up there rather than in the comfort of my own home. Ever since I moved I want to cook everything at Alchemy and not mess up my new kitchen. Because kitchens aren’t meant to be cooked in, right?
The last layer of flavor is Blue Diamond vanilla almond coconut milk, which I’m sure you all know and love with all your hummus. I mean heart. I mean hummus.
Because a creamy coconut bevvie is never ever a bad idea. Especially when we’re talking about upping our smoothie game. And you guys. We ARE upping our smoothie game.
It’s basically impossible to not feel like two hundred bucks after drinking this green goddess. I mean monster.Print
A crisp and refreshing green smoothie packed with banana, pineapple, kale, and spirulina.
- 2/3 cup orange juice (fresh-squeezed is best!)
- 1/3 cup Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Coconut Milk
- 1 overripe sliced frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
- handful of de-stemmed kale
- 1 tsp spirulina
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
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