Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads out there! And a particular
HAPPY FATHER’S DAY
to my Dad
Can you see the family resemblance? No, don’t answer that!
Anyway, to business. Did you make a guess what’s in my mystery smoothie?
I gave you a clue – blue-green? It’s SPIRULINA blue-green algae powder. I read about it on Deliciously Ella a couple of weeks ago. At the time I was drinking my Matcha Green Tea smoothies but the idea stuck with me. No reason I couldn’t have the nutritional benefits of both.
I didn’t really think it tasted too strongly. I touched my tongue to it, and maybe there was a slight ‘pondy’ flavour to it, but I’m not sure I would have been able to place it if I hadn’t known. Definitely no worse than the Matcha powder 🙂
Nutritional values will vary, but quoting from my packet, spirulina is over 56% protein. The packet states that it is a “planet friendly source of protein, essential amino acids and minerals”. The recommended amount is 10-15g a day, but that’s over 5g of protein. It is also high in fibre: 16.4g per 100g and iron 82.7mg per 100g – a good source to get your 8.7mg a day for men and 14.8mg a day for women.
It has a good dose of B vitamins for energy with B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B9. It is also a source of Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Calcium.
I used my go-to smoothie recipe including banana, spinach, and protein powder because I know I like it. Now I’ve got that sorted I will be changing it up a bit.
- Cold water
- 1 small frozen banana (about 75g)
- A handful of spinach (about 60g)
- 1 teaspoon protein powder of your choice
- 1 level teaspoon of spirulina
- 1/2 tsp (one of their little scoops) of Matcha Green Tea powder
Put all the ingredients into a blender/food processor/smoothie maker. Starting with the water, add in your powders – Matcha, protein and spirulina. Pile in the spinach and then weight it all down with the banana. Blitz until smooth. Add in more water as necessary. Serve with your choice of sprinkles.