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Emerald Green Spirulina Smoothie Bowls

emerald green spirulina smoothie bowls // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #healthy #breakfast #recipe

emerald green spirulina smoothie bowls // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #healthy #breakfast #recipe

Hey friends, I am on Airbnb! After months of procrastinating, I finally put my home up on Airbnb two weeks ago. Living alone is great, but I also love meeting new people, and what better way to welcome someone to my city than by welcoming them into my home? Airbnb has saved me from spending an extortionate amount of money on hotels when I travel, and I have only ever had good experiences. So, you know, if you’re ever in Toronto and want to stay somewhere with baked goods, a fully equipped kitchen, a balcony garden, and walk to the St. Lawrence Market every morning… you know where to find me.

bright, comfy private room in downtown toronto // gratitude and greens // #travel #toronto #canada

private room to airbnb in toronto // gratitude and greens // #toronto #canada #travel

bright, comfy private room in downtown toronto // gratitude and greens // #travel #toronto #canada

Last weekend my cousin Vanessa, who I have known since before either of us could walk or talk, got married. Seeing her walk down the aisle was such a touching and beautiful experience, and the entire weekend was so filled with love. I realized, over the weekend, that weddings are not just a union of two individuals, but are also unions of family and friends from different walks of life who have all come together for the sole purpose of celebrating a lifetime of happiness for our loved ones. I had such a great weekend dancing, hanging out, and exploring Ann Arbor, Michigan, with my family that I’m still struggling to come back to reality.

With the weather getting increasingly and unbearably warm, I’ve been making and eating lots of cool foods to get me through the heat: overnight oats, smoothies, salads, and, as you can tell from my blog and Instagram, ice cream. Summer is here and all I want are foods that keep me nice and cool. My morning ritual during the fall, winter, and spring of starting the day with a cup of warm water and lemon is disappearing, and I am enjoying citrus infused water, juices, and smoothies instead.

emerald green spirulina smoothie bowls // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #healthy #breakfast #recipe

A few weeks ago, Nuts.com approached me about sharing a recipe featuring spirulina, a nutrient-dense algae that is high in protein and chlorophyll. I have to be honest and say that I haven’t experimented with spirulina in savoury dishes as much as I would like to, but I’ve really enjoyed spirulina in smoothies and other sweet treats, such as crackers and protein balls. I know many people dislike spirulina for its bitter and sometimes even smoky flavour, but the key to using it is to start by adding just a little. I only ever add half a teaspoon of it to my smoothies, and I love the deep, emerald green colour it lends to everything I add it to. This emerald green smoothie is one of many smoothies I enjoy with spirulina, and I hope you love it too! For more information on spirulina’s health benefits, you can check out Nuts.com’s post here. Thank you Nuts.com for inviting me to join in on this fun project!

NOTE: This post was not paid for and I was not compensated for my time. All opinions are my own.

emerald green spirulina smoothie bowls // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #healthy #breakfast #recipe

emerald green spirulina smoothie bowls // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #healthy #breakfast #recipe

emerald green spirulina smoothie bowls // gratitude and greens // #vegan #plantbased #healthy #breakfast #recipe

EMERALD GREEN SMOOTHIE BOWLS
Yields 2 servings.
INGREDIENTS

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups packed spinach
  • 1 cup green grapes
  • 1 cup fresh chopped pineapple
  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 teaspoon spirulina
  • cacao nibs, shredded coconut, hemp seeds, and chia seeds to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Place all the ingredients in the blender and blend on high. Garnish with toppings of choice.

Wishing you much love and happy kitchen adventures,
Gen

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31 Comments

  1. Kelly // The Pretty Bee: Cooking & Creating
    June 1, 2015

    This smoothie bowl looks so healthy and delicious! I’ve never added grapes to a smoothie! I don’t know why not, I need to try it!

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    • genevieve y
      June 3, 2015

      Thanks Kelly! I love grapes on their own, but I also love them in smoothies. So yummy! xo

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  2. Nicole @ Fitful Focus
    June 1, 2015

    Both your place and that smoothie bowl look divine!

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  3. Cassie @ Almost Getting it Together
    June 1, 2015

    Your home is amazingly gorgeous!!! So is that smoothie but I love home design haha

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    • genevieve y
      June 4, 2015

      Thank you Cassie! Come chill with me if you’re ever in Toronto ;) xo

      Reply
  4. Alanna
    June 1, 2015

    I haven’t experimented much with spirulina either, but this is giving me the motivation to start! What a beautiful smoothie bowl. I’ve also been into eating cool foods these days. I will most definitely stay with you if/when I come to Toronto!!

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    • genevieve y
      June 4, 2015

      Thanks Alanna! And please do! We’ll have so many fun food adventures :D xo

      Reply
  5. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    June 1, 2015

    Frozen grapes in smoothies are the best! The creaminess!

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  6. Evi @ greenevi
    June 1, 2015

    A smoothie bowl is the perfect way to start the day! Love your green version, it’s so healthy and surely delicious too! :)

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    • genevieve y
      June 4, 2015

      Thank you Evi! The smoothie bowl *is* very tasty and healthy. Let me know how it goes if you get to try it! xo

      Reply
  7. Emily @SinfulNutrition
    June 1, 2015

    Holy vibrant green! Looks so refreshing!

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    • genevieve y
      June 7, 2015

      I live for that kind of “holy vibrant green”- so good! xo

      Reply
  8. Rebecca
    June 1, 2015

    You had me at emerald, looks delish! Love your place too- especially your table/chairs! Totally obsessed!

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  9. Farrah
    June 1, 2015

    You make the prettiest foods ever! <3 I love the vibrant colors in this :D I've never actually used grapes in smoothies before (and just realized that I went to the store with the intention to buy grapes and…did not. In my defense, I'd like to think it's because I didn't see any, haha).

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    • genevieve y
      June 7, 2015

      Thank you Farrah! And definitely try adding grapes to your smoothie. It’s so delicious! Also, I do that all that the time: go the supermarket meaning to buy something but leave buying everything BUT what I meant to buy in the first place. Oops… xo

      Reply
  10. Natalia
    June 2, 2015

    Love this deep green! This smoothie looks so healthy and good!

    Reply
  11. Rebecca
    June 3, 2015

    Having Airbnb guests sounds like a lovely way to meet new people! Also, I never think to put grapes in smoothies–this is such a good idea!

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    • genevieve y
      June 7, 2015

      Thank you Rebecca! That’s what I love about Airbnb. I’ve only had one guest so far but she was so sweet and so great to talk to! If you haven’t tried Airbnb yet I couldn’t recommend it more. xo

      Reply
  12. Alex Caspero MA,RD (@delishknowledge)
    June 3, 2015

    Such a beautiful smoothie bowl! I am a huge fan of AirBnB- we stay in them all the time! I can’t remember the last time we stayed in a hotel, even when I travel abroad these days I choose AirBnB! You can find the BEST places and feel like you are really “in” the city. Fun for you! Enjoy! Your home is gorgeous!

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    • genevieve y
      June 5, 2015

      Thank you Alex! And yes, I love Airbnb too- it makes travel so much easier and enjoyable. xo

      Reply
  13. Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen
    June 4, 2015

    What an awesome idea of combining grapes and spinach! Green SMOOTHIE BOWLS looks incredibly delish and YUM!

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    • genevieve y
      June 5, 2015

      Thanks Anu! I love, love, love green smoothie bowls. They’re just so tasty! xo

      Reply
  14. Shashi at RunninSrilankan
    June 4, 2015

    I wanna dive right into that bowl of deliciousness! Love it! And thanks for the info on Airbnb – I am planning on going to NYC this summer and this would be a way cheaper option!

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    • genevieve y
      June 5, 2015

      Thanks Shashi! I love Airbnb and have only had good experiences. I just sent an invite to you to join Airbnb if you don’t have an account already- it gives you $30 off your first booking! Hope you enjoy Airbnb and NYC xo

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  15. Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits
    June 4, 2015

    Oh my gosh, your space looks beautiful!! I have yet to try spirulina because I have no clue what to do with it! This smoothie bowl is totally calling my name!

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    • genevieve y
      June 5, 2015

      Thanks Lisa! Let me know how your spirulina experiment goes :) xo

      Reply
  16. Sarah | Well and Full
    June 11, 2015

    That is so cool that you’re on Airbnb! My boyfriend and I are actually going to have our first Airbnb experience when we travel to Denver next week… I’m really hoping it goes well! But your place looks absolutely amazing, I’ll have to keep it in mind if we’re ever Canada-bound! :)

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