A cool refreshing breakfast is ideal to start a summer day on the right foot, and green smoothies have been all the rave as of late. I’ve been experimenting with different types of green smoothies — some with the dominant ingredient being spinach, others it being mango. Recently I added the superfood spirulina, a green algae full of vitamin B12 and protein and a supplement that many females and vegetarians should add to their diet. The key to incorporating spirulina into your diet is to start with small quantities and to hide the flavor in smoothies. Here’s a recipe that I tried this week and absolutely loved.
> 1 handful spinach
> 1 English cucumber, cut into large slices
> 8 sticks of celery
> 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder
> 1 tablespoon spirulina
> 1/2 cup coconut water, original flavor
> 1/2 cup frozen mango
> 2 tablespoons flax seed or roasted nuts (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend on low until ingredients are incorporated. Add more coconut water until the smoothie reaches the desired consistency.
Top with flax seeds or roasted nuts, and enjoy!
Makes 2 servings.