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Blue-green Spirulina Milk | Nutrition Stripped
Eat Well Jul. 11. 2014
Beverages

Blue-green Spirulina Milk

Jul. 11. 2014
Beverages
McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

McKel Kooienga, MS, RDN, LDN

Dietitian, Founder and CEO

A protein and mineral-rich blue-green spirulina milk made with blue-green algae and a combination of nuts.

We have many whole food recipes on Nutrition Stripped that utilize spirulina, from smoothies to desserts. Another simple way of adding this mineral and protein-rich algae into your diet is simple plant-based milk.

I realize the color and potential thoughts about drinking algae can be completely off-putting, but I promise once you get over the color, the taste will speak for itself. It’s delicious and mineral-rich in comparison to dairy.

What Is Blue-Green Algae?

Blue-green Spirulina Milk is a play on traditional plant-based milk. You can make this milk with any kind of nut or seed you enjoy with the addition of spirulina.

You can make this with a classic nut milk recipe or make it slightly sweetened with dates and vanilla. The end result is a beautiful blue-green colored nut milk that’s creamy, healthy, and delicious!

Spirulina is a blue-green algae, hence the name Blue-green Spirulina Milk, visually it’s beautiful and reminds me of the natural source of where spirulina is harvested, the water.

Spirulina is versatile as well making it one of my favorite concentrated plant-based proteins to use. We use spirulina in many recipes from smoothies in the morning, sprinkled into porridge, shaken up in protein shakes on the go, to desserts.

Kid-friendly snack

This milk is fantastic to introduce to the little ones as well. As mentioned, spirulina is an incredibly nutrient dense food and is perfect to sneak into growing bodies.

An added bonus is the fun color. Have fun with them and present the milk in a way that’s recognizable to them — such as calling it “supermans milk” or “little mermaid milk”, etc. — while still squeezing in extra nutrition without them even knowing it.

How To Make Spirulina Milk 4 Ways

  1. Try adding 1-2 tablespoons of good quality cocoa powder to create a chocolate milk
  2. Lower in sugar option: use stevia to taste instead of dates
  3. Higher protein option: add a scoop of your favorite plant-based protein powder, shake well. 1 tbs. of spirulina contains roughly 4g of protein!
  4. Mineral and protein boost: add double the amount of spirulina, which will also make this richer in color

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Health benefits of spirulina

Spirulina is packed (almost 80% protein by dry weight) of protein, which is essential for rebuilding muscle tissue after workouts, maintaining lean body mass (especially if you’re on a weight/fat loss plan), and essential for a host of other metabolic processes in the body.

If by chance the blue-green color is off-putting, simply add 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder and blend, it’ll be a chocolate variation yet no one will know you’re actually drinking something green.

The Recipe

Serves 4

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Ingredients

2 tablespoons spirulina, organic and powdered

2 cups filtered water

1/2 cup raw cashews

1/2 cup raw almonds

3 pitted dates

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

pinch of sea salt

 

Instructions

Step 1

Soak the cashews and almonds for at least 2 hours in the water, discard the water after soaking.

Step 2

Blend all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. Chill before enjoying.

Shake well before serving if it’s been stored or a quick reblend will help. Keeps for 2-3 days in the fridge.

If you’ve never tried making your own nut milk, you’d love my Guide to Nut Milks where I share all the reasons why I love making my own, a tutorial, items you’ll need, and of course recipes!

Have Leftovers? Here’s What To Do With Them:

As always, store in an airtight glass container that we recommend from the NS Shop for up to 7 days.

Store it in a glass mason jar with a tight lid for later use, up to 1 week.

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