What’s blue, a protein, and packed with one of the most complete food sources out there? You guessed it- my Ice Blue Smoothie Bowl Recipe! Filled with blue spirulina powder, good ole banana, blueberries, fresh mint, and hydrating coconut water- this is sure to be a recipe you’ll want to reach for time and again.
Let’s see why…
Beauty Plant: Blue Spirulina Powder
This freshwater plant is becoming the next best thing in restoring and revitalizing your overall health and well-being. This is because it is full of beautifying and strengthening benefits, which include the following:
- Supports cardiovascular, eye and brain health, boosts immunity and energy
- As mentioned previously, it is one of the most complete food sources in the world with over 100 nutrients, 60% protein content
- Contains the highest levels of carotenoids
- High in antioxidants known to promote health and longevity
- Excellent protein and nutrient source for those on a plant-based diet
Spirulina also has all the essential amino acids in correct proportion, full of vitamin B12, vitamins, glycolipis, 17 different beta-carotenoids, minerals (especially iron and magnesium), GLA, and over 2,000 enzymes.
Spirulina’s cell walls have high concentrations of mucopolysachharids, which are easily digested and used to form protein and the building blocks of cell membranes. Also very alkalizing and healing (something not found in other algaes).
I think spirulina is so pretty but can be an acquired taste. With the right combination of ingredients, it will balance nicely. The ingredients in this smoothie is a perfect example.
One brand you can find in many places is the only Spirulina farm in Hawaii, called Nutrex and can also be found here. If you choose another brand, be sure that it’s certified organic, is tested to be free of heavy metals, stored in a container that does not allow light to enter, (the delicate antioxidants and essential fatty acids are light-sensitive!), and then store in a cool, dry place.
Spirulina being an easily digested protein, alkalizing and healing, you can see why I would choose to use it in my afternoon smoothie bowl snack!
Beauty Drupe: Coconut
Yes, coconut is a drupe, which is just an interesting way of saying it’s a fruit with a hard stony covering that encloses the seed. And it’s one beauty food that comes in an array of forms!
I’ve had my fair share of coconuts over the years (to put it lightly!). From eating them all day when I was traveling in the Philippines, to drinking 4+ a day in Puerto Rico, to buying a box of them every week in Chinatown when I lived in NYC.
I love everything from their young flesh, to their water, and their harder mature meat (great for coconut shreds, coconut milk and coconut yogurt). There are so many ways this fruit can be prepared and added into various types of recipes, and it’s why I have adored coconuts forever.
As for coconuts key nutrients- they contain lauric acid, iron, potassium, magnesium and calcium. The potassium is an electrolyte that helps to facilitate cellular cleansing and is about twice as concentrated in coconut water, as in a banana (Woe, now that’s pretty amazing!).
When it comes to your skin, who doesn’t feel tired and haggard at times? When we think of dehydration we naturally may think of dry skin that has the appearance of leather (yuck).
Or, how many times do we wonder where those dark circles come from (even when we’ve had a good nights rest), or signs of wrinkles and/or collagen damage?
Well perk up ladies! In some cultures, coconut is believed to have healing, youth-promoting qualities and that’s because the soft, young meat is moisturizing, nutrient-rich, and one of the most natural hydrating fruits out there!
If that’s not enough, here are a few other reasons why you should be adding this gem of a fruit to your regular grocery list:
- Fatty acids found in coconut milk increase energy expenditure and help enhance physical performance
- Has electrolytes (like magnesium and potassium) that help repair broken down tissue—growing back even stronger
- Fills you up and helps to prevent overeating or snacking throughout the day
- Because of its hydrating benefits, it helps the digestive organs (like the liver and kidneys), to function properly—removing waste from the body efficiently
Wouldn’t you say it’s time we all get prepping and start filling up our bodies with these beautifying ingredients- all in one bowl?! I do!
See full recipe below…
- ¼ cup coconut water
- 1 cup of coconut meat
- 1 tsp. blue spirulina powder
- 2 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 10 leaves fresh mint
- 1 handful of frozen blueberries
- 1 handful frozen raspberries
- Garnished with mint
- Blend all ingredients together.
- Garnish with toppings.
- Serve and enjoy!