Tropical Spirulina Green Smoothie

It's officially summer! And if you're a S. Florida local like me, you know this season brings some serious heat. The temperature has averaged out around 90 every day this past week, so I'm whipping up icy cold smoothies on the daily. This recipe is one of my absolute favorites - my go to for when I'm craving something easy + sweet with a heavy dose of alkalizing minerals and nutrients.

I started with a deeply hydrating base of pineapple, mango, and cucumber. Cucumbers weigh in at a whopping 96% water content, with pineapple (87%) and mango (80%) not far behind. Drinking your water is amazing, but it's even better if you eat your water in the form of fresh fruits and veggies. Hydrating in this way ensures that your body absorbs every drop of toxin-flushing, skin-clearing, cell-energizing and brain-boosting water that you ingest. And obviously, the hotter it gets outside, the more we sweat, so continuously replenishing our bodies' water supply is crucial during the summer months. 

Keeping with the theme of hydration, I opted to add in coconut water and fresh squeezed lime juice as well. Coconut water is a rich source of naturally-occurring electrolytes, which rehydrate our bodies on a cellular level. It's literally nature's gatorade - you know, minus all the artificial dyes and processed sugars that make us sick and fat. It's the perfect post-work drink, and forever my most trusted hangover cure. 

Buuuuuut, even in the face of all this body-loving goodness, the true star of the show is the tiny but powerful teaspoon of spirulina added in at the end. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that's crazy high in nutrients. It owes it's dark green hue to it's high content of chlorophyll, nature's most powerful detoxifying agent. Ingesting chlorophyll is super cleansing and therapeutic for the body, as it helps to remove toxins from the organs and blood and boosts the immune system. Spirulina is also an incredible source of protein - it's comprised of 65-71% protein, whereas red meat is only 22% protein. Similarly, spirulina is a rich plant-based source of iron, a vital nutrient that many vegetarians + vegans (including myself at one point) struggle with getting enough of. In addition to about a million other amazing things, spirulina also supports and boosts the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut, which is directly linked to more vibrant mental health, healthy digestion, improved immune health, and clear skin. 

The sweet tropical fruits and mellow flavor of the cucumber pair perfectly with the spirulina, which I swear you can't even taste. If they can get past the dark green color, this is an awesome recipe for green-smoothie newbies or kids. 

So happy start of summer, friends! Go outside, soak up some sun, sweat a little (or a lot), then refuel with this magically energizing + rehydrating smoothie. 


TROPICAL SPIRULINA GREEN SMOOTHIE

Makes 1 serving