Smoothie bowls are a delicious and healthful way to start the day. Don't let the blue color of this smoothie bowl fool you — there is nothing artificial involved. Using blue spirulina or blue pea flower powder, you can whip up a gorgeous smoothie or smoothie bowl the whole family will enjoy all summer long. The only difficult part about making a blue summer smoothie bowl is deciding which toppings to use!
Things You'll Need
2 large ripe bananas, frozen
1 cup frozen mango
6 ounces plain vanilla or blueberry yogurt
2/3 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 tbsp blue spirulina or blue pea flower powder
1 ripe kiwi, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup fresh mango, chopped
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
Add the frozen bananas, mango, yogurt, unsweetened almond milk and blue spirulina to a high-powered blender. Blend until completely smooth.
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The smoothie must be very thick in order for the toppings to stay afloat, so be sure your bananas and mango are frozen prior to using them in the smoothie. If you don't have frozen fruit, add 2 cups of ice (or more), until desired thickness is achieved.
Pour the thick blue smoothie into a large bowl. Use any fresh fruit, nut, seed, granola and/or nut butter you like for the toppings. We used sliced kiwi, fresh mango, blueberries, pumpkin seeds, and shredded coconut.
Dig in with a spoon, and enjoy!
Health Benefits of Blue Spirulina and Blue Pea Flower
Just like green spirulina, blue spirulina is a superfood. It is a great source of B vitamins, which helps boost your energy. It also contains chlorophyll, which aids with digestion and regular bowel movements. Because blue spirulina is also a good source of vegan protein, it helps add a nutrient boost to your smoothies or smoohie bowls, making them a more complete meal.
As an alternative to blue spirulina, you can use blue pea flower powder. Similar to green tea, blue pea flower is high in antioxidants, which help detoxify your body, lower inflammation, and prevent disease.