I love a good green smoothie. Well, mainly because I am not a big fan of plain, raw spinach or kale. If I hide it in a good smoothie, I enjoy it a lot more. Usually, I make sweet fruit based smoothies. I thought I would try a savory vegetable green smoothie using Sari Foods Organic Spirulina. I should warn you, this smoothie is really green! I am talking Emerald City, “Wicked” green! It is also “wickedly” nutritious.
First, a disclosure… I received one package of Sari Foods 100% Pure Organic Spirulina for review purposes. Also, I am not a doctor, dietitian or professional so this is based on my own experience and my understanding of my research.
Now for that recipe I promised…
Wicked Emerald Green Spirulina Smoothie Recipe:
As mentioned, I have mainly enjoy sweeter fruit smoothies. However, I feel that Spirulina works better in a savory herb and vegetable smoothie. The citrus, herbs and Worcestershire sauce balances the oceanic flavor of the spirulina. The avocado and pumpkin seed make it satisfying. I had this Smoothie for lunch and felt satiated.
- 1 or 2 tablespoons Sari Foods Organic Spirulina Powder (1 has a milder flavor)
- 1 medium avocado
- 2 tablespoons lemon and/or lime juice (I like both)
- 2 cups spinach or kale
- 1 cup Water
- 1-2 ounces Raw pumpkin seeds
- Splash Worcestershire sauce
- Optional: Add fresh herbs especially cilantro to taste.
|Raw pumpkin seeds blend well into smoothies|
Spirulina Super Green Smoothie Combine ingredients in a blender. Blend. Enjoy your highly nutritious Wicked Emerald Green Spirulina Smoothie! Oh, be sure and rinse your blender right away!
|My first Spirulina Super Green Smoothie #OrganicSpirulina|
Review Sari Foods 100% Pure Organic Spirulina:
This was my first experience eating Spirulina. When I opened the package I was initially surprised by the fishy smell. It reminds me of Japanese seaweed snacks I tried–only stronger. The Spirulina was a very fine, deep green powder. In the picture it almost looks black, but it is a deep emerald green.
I originally tried dissolving 2 tablespoons of Sari Foods 100% Pure Organic Spirulina into water. The fine powder did dissolve in 16 ounces of water but after much stirring. I didn’t care for the taste or the smell initially. I wouldn’t say it is “bad”, but it smells a little of the sea. Well, as it turns out the suggested serving size is one heaping tablespoon not two! Two is drinkable and highly nutritious, but the suggested one tablespoon is easier and more palatable.
I decided I would make a smoothie. I am rather impressed with my smoothie as it was my first attempt to create a vegetable smoothie recipe. (I know avocado is technically a fruit, but indulge me. Same with the lemon juice.) I have made two smoothies, my first contained two tablespoons of Spirulina and my second just one. Either works depending on the intensity of flavor and how much you want to boost your smoothie. I chose citrus and flavors that I felt would balance the scent and flavor of the Spirulina.
I like that it is highly nutritious, and USDA Certified Organic. The fine Spirulina powder offers a convenient way to boost a variety of foods. Sari Foods provides a free recipe eBook with purchase. The recipe I shared is my own, but the eBook is very useful for ideas!
The spirulina comes in a 16 oz zip locked package. I have a little trouble closing the package. It does fully close, but I have to carefully pinch each inch of the length of the ziplock to get it to close.
About This Spirulina, According to Sari Foods:
With over 100 naturally occurring and bioavailable vitamins & nutrients, Organic Spirulina contains more than 60% protein and is a non-synthetic source of iron, calcium, magnesium, selenium, beta-carotine, B12, chlorophyll, phytonutrients, antioxidants and essential amino acids (GLA, Omega 3, 6 & 9’s).
Our organic algae is cultivated for optimal nutritional content in the rural Mongolian plateau, surrounded by fresh air and more than 50 clear-water lakes. With over 3000 hours of annual warm sunshine and water naturally rich in minerals and essential trace elements – the conditions are ideal for photosynthesis and the naturally occurring nutrients abound.
|Photograph of Sari Foods Organic Spirulina Powder #OrganicSpirulina|
Benefits of Spirulina as a Super Food:
- High Protein: “Not only does Spirulina contain more protein content than any other food source, it is biologically complete, containing all of the essential amino acids needed for human health.”, according to Sari Foods
- High in Calcium
- Great source of Omega 3, 6 and 9’s, Fish get it from eating Algae
- Bio-available iron
- And more, Spirulina appears to be a nutritionally dense “Super Food”
- Suitable for a variety of dietary lifestyles: Gluten free, non-GMO, vegan, kosher, halal, herbicide and pesticide free (according to Sari Foods)
Where to Purchase Sari Foods Organic Spirulina Powder:
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