What’s green, delicious and full of vitamins? Our matcha and spirulina tropical smoothie bowl! If you’re bored with those same old green smoothie recipes and want to try something a little different and super tasty, this one’s for you, kid.
In truth, this smoothie combination came about when I had a craving for something green, but had just run out of the usual suspects: spinach, kale, celery, cucumbers, etc. I did have some frozen lychees and mangos on hand, though, and a boat load of superfood supplements at my disposal. And so this gloriously delicious smoothie bowl was born: slightly earthy thanks to the spirulina and matcha powder, suitably punchy thanks to the mango, banana and lychee combination, and just sweet enough thanks to a lovely dried fig. What’s lovely about this recipe is that none of the flavours are particularly overpowering – they all work together in perfect synergy and the frozen fruit give the blend a perfectly thick and creamy texture.[one-fourth-first]
So why matcha and who cares about spirulina? Well, if you’re yet to add these superfoods to your pantry, here are some enticing reasons to do so:
- A form of blue-green algae, Spirulina is high in chlorophyll, which helps control cravings, cleanse you from the inside out and assist in eliminating body odours and digestive issues.
- Spirulina is incredibly nourishing: made of 60-65% of protein and amino acids, is high in omegas (particularly omega 3) and is rich in bioavailable iron.
- There are actually 25 science-backed health benefits to spirulina! Check them all out here.
- Matcha is simply 100% green tea that’s ground into a powder. What’s amazing about it is it’s sky-high in antioxidants, which are the chemical compounds that help prevent ageing and chronic diseases.
- Because matcha is made from the whole tea leaf, you’re actually getting the nutritional value of up to 10 cups of regular green tea and up to 137 x the antioxidants of regular green tea. This is because you’re consuming the whole tea leaf, and not just an infusion made from it.
This smoothie bowl tastest as delicious as it is pretty. If you want to bump up the tropical factor even more, add some fresh or toasted flaked coconut to your toppings.
- ½ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 banana
- 6 frozen lychees
- ½ frozen mango, chopped into cubes
- 1 dried fig
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
- 1¼ teaspoons matcha powder
- 2 tablets spirulina or ¼ teaspoon spirulina powder (
- Crushed pistachios
- Edible rose petals
- Flaked almonds
- Hemp seeds
- Dried figs
- Your favourite power/protein bar, chopped into cubes
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and let thaw for 5 minutes
- Blitz until smooth and creamy (add an extra splash of almond milk if the blender is struggling)
- Serve in a tall glass or a bowl and add toppings as above or replace with your personal favourites!