Banana, zucchini & spirulina smoothie bowl
I always say that fruit and veggies are the best everyday 'superfoods' that we should be focusing on nourishing our bodies with but I do like to supercharge my smoothies every now and then with some extra goodness...enter spirulina. Spirulina is a microalgae which comes from a microscopic freshwater plant which is organically grown without chemicals and concentrated by removing only the water. It is incredibly rich in protein (65% of its weight) which is about 300% more than meat...how cool is that?! It is also rich in iron, antioxidants, chlorophyll and essential fatty acids. You can buy it in both powder and liquid form from health food stores and some supermarkets in the health food section.. I've used the spirulina powder in this recipe.
If you are questioning the inclusion of zucchini in a smoothie - don't fear ! Frozen sliced zucchini gives your smoothie that awesome thick and creamy texture (similar to bananas but obviously without all the natural sugars). You really can't taste zucchini at all so its a great way to sneak some veggies into your day and I often use bananas and zucchini together in smoothies.
A warning on the flavour of spirulina - it is strong and can take a little bit of adjusting to so you only need to add a very small amount to your smoothies. You can slowly increase the quantity as you get used to the flavour.
2 cups chopped and frozen ripe banana
1 cup chopped and frozen zucchini
3 Tbsp almond milk (or other milk of choice)
¼ tsp spirulina powder
Toppings: sliced banana, strawberries, coconut flakes, granola
1. Place all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Add a little more milk if necessary to reach your desired consistency (I like my smoothie bowls to be really thick and creamy).
Pour into a bowl and add any toppings you like such as sliced banana, strawberries and granola,