Green Smoothie Bowl
This green smoothie bowl gets its beautiful, rich green colour from spirulina and chlorella. High in protein, nutrient-rich and perfectly creamy, with or without your favourite toppings, it makes a nourishing, dreamy bowl that will energize your morning.
Most mornings, my breakfasts alternate between green smoothie bowls and overnight oats. On occasion, I’ll have a chickpea or tofu scramble, pancakes or a savoury lentil bowl but I love smoothie bowls so dearly they’re hard to pass up. I love them eaten with a spoon straight from the blender or out of a bowl with my favourite toppings piled on top. Here are a few of my favourites!
Best Toppings for Smoothie Bowls
- goji berries
- peanut or almond butter
- cocao nibs
- granola (see below)
- sliced banana
- figs or dates
- hemp seeds
- puffed cereal
How to Make 2-Ingredient Granola
You can make a delicious, quick granola that’s perfect for smoothie bowls with just a few simple ingredients. In it’s simplest form, it’s just dates and oats. You can also add unsweetened coconut, cinnamon and sea salt for more depth of flavour or even completely replace the oats with nuts, unsweetened coconut or hemp seeds. Dates and cashew or almond works really well.
Recipe for 2-Ingredient Raw Granola
- 1 cup dates (or equal parts dates and oats in any amount)
- 1 cup oats
Mix it until it forms a chunky dough then add the clumps to a container and store in the fridge.
How to Make a Green Smoothie Bowl
There are so many different ways you can make yourself a delicious, creamy green smoothie bowl. I find frozen banana to be a key ingredient so I try to make sure I always have some on hand. I like frozen mango for it’s smooth, creamy texture and sweet flavour. Strawberries are a delicious addition too, as is any berry but I really love the combination of frozen mango and banana.
If you’re looking for more smoothie bowls, I’d recommend:
- Low-Sugar Blueberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl
- Low-Sugar Chocolate Avocado Smoothie Bowl
- Turmeric Carrot Butternut Squash Smoothie Bowl
- Coconut Strawberry Smoothie Bowl
Today I’m sharing my favourite mango and banana green smoothie bowl, made with Vega Performance Protein, spirulina and chlorella. When I say this is a green smoothie bowl, I literally mean it’s the colour green from adding two types of blue-green algae: spirulina and chlorella. I also add a handful of leafy greens. I like spinach or kale the best but lettuce, swiss chard or any other green is good. For more ideas for adding vegetables and superfoods to your smoothies check out these posts:
Benefits of Spirulina
Spirulina does not taste great but I don’t mind the flavour when it’s mixed into a smoothie bowl. I like to add 1 tablespoon to my smoothies to get the most nutrients without adding too much spirulina falvour.
Spirulina is a great source of:
- protein: spirulina is a complete source of high-quality usable protein
- vitamin B1 (thiamine): important for digestion of fats and proteins, taken for increased energy, eye health and brain function
- iron: excellent food for vegetarians and vegans due to it’s high iron content
- calcium: 26 times the calcium found in milk
- other vitamins: numerous B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin E
- other minerals: potassiam, chromium, copper, magnesium, selenium and zinc
- GLA and omega 3: important in reducing inflammation in the body
Due to it’s anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidant content, spirulina is a wonderful food for plant-based athletes and it can help reduce exercise induced oxidations leading to muscle fatigue. Try adding it to a post-workout smoothie to take advantage of it’s effects on recovery from exercise-induced stress.
Benefits of Chorella
Chlorella is one of my other favourite superfoods and has it’s own host of benefits. Just like spirulina, my favourite way to use it is to add it to smoothies to hide the flavour while still enjoying it’s health perks. Chlorella has been shown to support healthy hormonal function, promoting cardiovascular health, helping to negate the effects of chemotherapy and radiation, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and aiding in the detoxification of our bodies. Just like it’s cousin, spirulina, chlorella is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world: it’s high in protein, all of the B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, zinc and magnesium.
Chlorella has been shown to:
- detoxify heavy metals in the body
- help boost immune response
- balance hormones and reduce symptoms of PMS
- support the digestive system
- boost tissue growth, health and repair
That’s really just a few of the benefits you can experience from including a daily dose of chlorella in your diet. It’s a real nutritional powerhouse and I love adding a spoonful to my smoothies!
Alright, enough chatting, let’s take a look at this quick and easy smoothie bowl!Print
- 3/4 cup (140 g) frozen mango chunks
- 1/2 a frozen banana (80 g)
- handful of spinach, kale or other leafy green
- 3/4 cup almond milk, favourite non-dairy milk or water (add a splash more if needed to blend)
- 1 serving Vega Performance Protein in Vanilla or vegan protein of choice
- 2 tsp spirulina + 2 tsp chlorella or 1 heaping tbsp of either
- Add all ingredients to a high-powered blender and process on high for 30-60 seconds until smooth and creamy.
- Spoon into a bowl, add your favourite toppings and dig in!
- You can use less mango and more banana if you prefer. Or mix and match with other frozen fruits. Frozen peaches are delicious, as are cherries or strawberries. I’d recommended using at least 1/2 a frozen banana for best results.
- I topped this one with goji berries, mulberries, 2-ingredient granola, cacao nibs and peanut butter.