Thick ‘n’ Creamy Sweet Green Cherry Smoothie is a delicious, nutritious drink that will energize you from head to toe! It’s naturally sweet thanks to dark sweet cherries and other fruits, and it has a dose of green goodness from spirulina and fresh greens all rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants too!
Today’s recipe is full of goodness in every single way, starting with its bright and vibrant *GREEN* color! Because my week was kinda nuts and I needed to make something bright and cheery in order to boost my mood in the kitchen each day. Green smoothies ALWAYS do that for me. Sure, green was my favorite color as a kid (who would have thought, right?), but still. I mean, look at the color!
Let’s talk about green smoothies, for a second while we’re on the topic of green goodness..
It’s a well-known fact I love green smoothies and have for years, and I never go a day without at least one in my day. I’m always interested in trying new things in my smoothies, but there are a few things I always make sure to have on hand.
As mentioned in my Smoothie Chat post last month, there is a host of ingredients that I always keep on hand to make my favorite shakes and smoothies with. Obviously, organic food is at the top of that list.
One, frozen organic fruit (berries and dark cherries are always the top two), fresh or frozen greens and green veggies, non-dairy unsweetened milk (preferably my own that I make – like this homemade oat milk), and a handful of superfoods that have been my favorite for years, including one of the ingredients I’m sharing with you today!
Along with fresh and frozen fruits and veggies, the 5 superfoods I always have on hand for smoothies are chia seeds, acai puree packs, (or acai powder), Nutrex Spirulina, a greens superfood powder, and raw cacao. These are my top 5 favorite superfoods that I’m never without (along with my beloved chocolate and mocha Vega One). I use these each day, not because I can’t be a healthy woman without them, but because I’ve truly found each of these to be powerful in terms of improving my health (and skin).
And one of those top 5 favorite superfoods of mine is also the main superstar ingredient in this Thick ‘n’ Creamy Sweet Green Cherry Smoothie that gives it the beautiful green color: Nutrex-Hawaii Spirulina!
So, what is spirulina?
Why I Love Spirulina… Oh, Let me Count the Ways!
Spirulina is a sea vegetable, specifically, it’s a green superfood algae. Yes, I know that sounds gross at first, but sea vegetables are actually one of the healthiest, most powerful foods you can put in your body if they’re carefully sourced. They’re high in trace minerals that nourish the body, especially the adrenal glands and thyroid (in moderate amounts). Spirulina is a unique food because it’s a COMPLETE source of protein and per ounce, it contains more protein than any other food on earth, even animal products. Most of our bodies aren’t deficient in protein, but they are deficient in vitamins and minerals from REAL whole foods (not pills).
Spirulina one of those green superfoods that is so much more powerful than (most) greens and green veggies. It’s also a natural source of plant-based iron, an antioxidant that’s been shown to help detoxify the body called superoxide dismustase (SOD) which cleanses the blood, slows and may prevent certain signs of aging of the skin, and can help detoxify the liver. We encounter so many toxic substances every single day, that it’s highly important to include green foods in our day, and if you can sneak in a green superfood like spirulina with added benefits, even better!
Spirulina is also a great source of Vitamin B6, and even trace amounts of EPA and DHA omega fats (which comes directly from algae, not initially from fish). See the science on spirulina here!
The thing is, it’s so important to be careful about what kinds of spirulina you choose to use if you choose to use it. Many brands produce their spirulina in toxic waters, and since our oceans are filled with mercury and toxins on so many accounts due to climate change and pollution, it’s highly important to choose a brand of spirulina that has direct control over the growth and control of the production of their spirulina products.
Nutrex-Hawaii has been the leader in the field of spirulina production for years and the only brand I’ve ever bought, used, or promoted in the 5 years I’ve been using it.
How much spirulina?
As mentioned in my Tropical Mermaid Superfood Smoothie Bowl, I use about 1 tbsp. of spirulina per day, however, if you have never used spirulina before, I would recommend starting with 1 tsp. per day and getting used to it. Spirulina can be used as a powder or tablets, but I prefer the powder. I don’t ever use more than 1 tbsp. of spirulina per day, simply because I feel 1 tbsp. is plenty and enough for me to get the benefits of it and don’t believe more is necessary (but I can definitely tell a difference if I forget to use any at all).
And the taste?
I add spirulina to my daily smoothie/shake, and with the other ingredients I use in my recipes, I can’t taste it a bit. However, spirulina does have an earthy, sea-veggie flavor, but I find it actually grows on you over time and tastes beautiful with ingredients like frozen fruit and some cacao. The way I felt after I first started using spirulina helped me get past the initial strong flavor in no time, and I find that’s typically the case with other people who love this amazing food, too.
Plus, hello… look at that color! How can something so beautiful not make you want to eat it? 🙂
Ingredients in my Thick ‘n’ Creamy Sweet Green Cherry Smoothie:
Besides Nutrex spirulina, I’ve included some other amazing ingredients in this recipe that will make you feel good from head to toe! Starting with dark, sweet cherries which are anti-inflammatory, can help nourish the gut, can aid in helping with regulating sleep, and since they’re a berry by nature, they have the same class of antioxidants that have been shown to make berries so powerful in benefiting our health. Cherries are also great for your brain, heart, and joints, too.
I also used homemade almond milk (but you can use unsweetened store-bought almond milk if you wish), frozen banana, a handful of spinach (or kale), frozen zucchini, and a Medjool date for extra sweetness. So good, so energizing, so healthy! I also gave the option of using a vanilla plant-based protein powder, if you like (I recommend Vega if going that route).
This smoothie recipe makes two servings, but feel free to use 1/2 the recommended ingredients, or enjoy a large smoothie for yourself. This smoothie is also super thick and creamy (hence, the name), so be sure to eat up with a spoon! 🙂
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup of cold, filtered water
- ½ cup of frozen zucchini
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 pitted Medjool date
- ½ dark sweet frozen cherries
- ½ cup loose leaf spinach (or frozen spinach)
- 1 - 2 Tsp. Nutrex-Hawaii Spirulina powder (optional, but recommended)
- 1 scoop of vanilla plant-based protein powder (I recommend Vega)
- Add all the ingredients to a high-speed blender in the order listed. If making one large smoothie, use 1 teaspoon of spirulina; if making two small smoothies, use 2 Tsp. spirulina powder.
- Blend on low, then progress to high. Blend for a solid 10 seconds to make sure everything is fully blended and super creamy.
- Pour/scoop into your favorite smoothie glass (or glasses) and serve!
- Enjoy this recipe with a spoon and add any other toppings you like. I love almond slices and dark sweet cherries, but I was out of almond slices so just went with cherries. 🙂
I hope you love this smoothie as much as I do; it’s just perfect for summer and oh so refreshing!
And if you do you make this recipe and enjoy it, feel free to tag me on Instagram @heather_mcclees so I can check it out! 🙂
You can also learn more about Nutrex-Hawaii and see all the products they have to offer here where you can also learn more about the benefits of spirulina. I’ve been using Nutrex-Hawaii spirulina (exclusively above all other brands) for almost 5 years now and firmly believe they’re the best when it comes to spirulina production after doing a good bit of research on this superfood for years now. Check them out, and let me know if you try spirulina out for yourself!
You can also see My Tropical Mermaid Superfood Smoothie Bowl for another delicious, healthy way to use spirulina!
*Disclaimer* I was sent free product from Nutrex-Hawaii to use in this post by my own request. All thoughts, opinions, text, and photos are mine alone. No health information in this post or on this site should be used as substitution for medical advice. Thank you for joining me at The Soulful Spoon as I share brands I love, use, and recommend in my favorite recipes with you!*