What Blue Spirulina Is Actually Doing In My Blue Smoothie Bowl
It's hot out. Yep, that's the intro I'm choosing today. It's what's on my mind. Now that we've reached official summertime, it's so hot and humid that I kind of feel like I'm living in a tropical location. I'm not even close, but I wish I was. Regardless, that doesn't change the fact that summertime makes me really crave fun-colored and cold (emphasis on cold) meals and treats.
The second I come inside from a dog walk or a hot track workout, all I want is some delicious, icy goodness in the form of a giant iced coffee or a tasty smoothie bowl. I have very enthusiastically (probably thanks to all the iced coffee) had my heart set on shaking up my usual blender routine and making some fun smoothie bowls. Ones that really capture the essence of my tropical destination dreams. But like, in my own kitchen.
Lucky me, I've found the easiest, healthiest and most colorful way to do it this summer and I'm so excited to share all the deets with you. Unicorn Superfoods is my new best friend when it comes to fun nutrition because they've got it all, including superfoods that boost immunity, replenish vitamins, reduce inflammation and more. I tried them out and got the blue smoothie of my dreams, using this new-to-me superfood called Blue Spirulina. If you've heard of it, you might be wondering if it's worth the hype. In my little Blue Spirulina review, you'll find out what I think and see how I use it.
What Is Blue Spirulina?
So I'll admit it, as health conscious as I like to be because clean eating and taking care of ourselves is an important topic to me, I really just wanted a blue smoothie bowl. I'd seen them here and there, looking flawless of course on Instagram. I didn't really care what was in it, just wanted to just create something fun.
When I found out the best way to do this was actually through a nutritious, energizing, anti-inflammatory algae, I was even more excited to put it to the test. Ok, maybe not that last part, but just don't think about it as a water plant. You don't have to eat it that way; it actually comes packaged nicely as Blue Spirulina Powder from places like Unicorn Superfoods.
Blue Spirulina is a superfood plant found in freshwater places, loaded with antioxidants from chlorophyll (green veggies, like kale or broccoli have this too). It actually gets its blue color from another antioxidant called phycocyanin. Which is also known for it's anti-inflammatory properties. Without getting too deep into it's chemical makeup, Blue Spirulina can help protect our brains and body cells from certain damages! Crazy, right?
The Blue Spirulina benefits don't stop there- they might even help with seasonal nasal allergies. Why did no one tell me this sooner? I'll try anything to prevent how lousy my allergies make me feel! If you haven't guessed by now, I'm leaning towards this product being "worth the hype."
The Making Of A Blue Smoothie Bowl
The best thing about smoothie bowls is that you really can make them with whatever ingredients you want to use on any given day. My kitchen is usually filled with random fruits and veggies based on what I was feeling like on my last shopping trip. So I always just make do with what I have.
However, making sure I stay stocked up on good superfood powders is key! It's not easy to find these powerful powders everywhere- especially Blue Spirulina. But they can take a good smoothie and make it great, without really making any noticeable changes. Besides maybe some with subtly sweet flavors and awesome colors. When making Blue Spirulina recipes, color is actually the main thing you want to pay attention to- flavor not so much.
Blue Spirulina naturally tastes a bit fishy, but Unicorn Superfoods' powdered spirulina didn't alter the taste of my recipes. For color purposes, your best bet is to use light colored fruits, like banana, mango, or apple. Blueberries, for example, overpower the Blue Spirulina resulting in a deep purple. Still fun, but if you're obsessing over the blue color like me, a problem.
To make this blue smoothie bowl, I used the following ingredients:
In the blender:
1 small Macintosh apple
1 small frozen banana
1/4 cup of Greek Yogurt
1/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
a few drizzles of raw honey
1/2 cup of ice
1/2 tsp of Unicorn Superfoods Blue Spirulina Powder
a spoon of chia seeds
1 sliced kiwi
a handful of almonds
Really up to you how you want to go about your smoothie. Some ways to make it tropical and summery, while keeping the blue color, are using mango or pineapple as one of the base fruits, topping it with kiwi, dragon fruit, or strawberries and adding some coconut. Even an orange!
Tips For Making Smoothie Bowls
You're probably pros at this by now. But in case you're not, these quick tips for making smoothie bowls are important to know.
The less liquid, the better. Using frozen bananas (or other fruit) alongside ice helps keep the consistency thick. Better to start with less liquid and add as needed than have too much. Thick smoothie bowls are easier to spoon and hold toppings. Too liquidy? Add more ice or frozen fruit, just know it'll make the meal bigger.
Use variety. We all know the best part of these bowls is the toppings. Don't skip out on the potential. Veggies are best blended up inside, but top with nuts, chia seeds, granola, etc.
Be wary of the sugar intake. We've all been a bit disillusioned by the healthiness of The Smoothie Bowl. Depending on what you put in it, you're probably consuming way more sugar than you think you are. Like the tip above, focus on variety by replacing some fruit with veggies (cauliflower, kale and cucumber are good options) and adding protein, like nuts, to fill you up instead.
Making Unicorn Superfoods Smoothie Bowls
Unicorn Superfoods' powders may help you feel more energized, improve focus, nourish your skin and hair, and improve your metabolism. I encourage you to check out their full range of products to see which ones would fit into your current health goals or dietary needs! With such a large range of products, there's something (and some color!) that everyone will love.
While I started putting Blue Spirulina into my smoothie bowls for fun, I'm continuing to use it because of what it's actually doing for me in there! I love how easy it is to take a regular recipe and make it super healthy, packed with extra benefits, without much effort at all. If you're in the mood for more, stay tuned because I've got plenty more uses for these superfood powders that I can't wait to share.