I made some almond milk the other day. After that I started fantasizing about a green dream smoothie that I had at Isla Vista Food Co-op recently that was superb and it contained spirulina! Now there are a lot of health benefits to taking spirulina (check out the herb profile here). But, and this is a big BUT for our household, there is no way our kids will just eat a teaspoon of spirulina. If you have never tried it just give it a whiff. I can’t even eat it straight up. So when I had IV Food Co-op’s green dream smoothie containing spirulina I wrote down the ingredients in hopes of recreating something at home for our family. Their smoothie used raw almonds and not almond milk, but I like the flavor profile and consistency when I use almond milk and a little bit of almond butter. It also contained kale -which is growing quite nicely in our garden – banana, dates, vanilla and nutmeg.
This is what I came up with:
1 cup unsweetened almond milk (preferably homemade — I use the recipe here)
1 bunch kale (you can add more or less depending on how many greens you want)
2 medjool dates
1/2-1 teaspoon spirulina depending on your taste buds, obviously
sprinkle of nutmeg up to 1/8 teaspoon
dash of vanilla
ice (optional, but our family likes how it tastes)
2 tablespoons almond butter or raw soaked and sprouted almonds (optional if want thicker consistency)
Blend all ingredients in your vitamix or poweful blender and enjoy!
Be well, Emma