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August 17, 2017

How to Make A Naturally Turquoise Smoothie Bowl

How to Make an All Natural Turquoise Smoothie Bowl  // Blue Majik Mermaid Smoothie

While others search for the meaning of life, I search for new ways to make my entire life turquoise.  Life is short, I just want to have fun.

After spotting some gorgeous turquoise tinted smoothies on Pinterest my curiosity was piqued, but I'm not a big fan of adding food coloring so I kept my enthusiasm in check - until I realized those turquoise smoothies and smoothie bowls were all natural!  Turns out they get their aqua hue from Blue Majik, an algae powder.

Of course I needed to try this magic blue powder out for myself!

How to Make an All Natural Turquoise Smoothie Bowl  // Blue Majik Mermaid Smoothie

I did a little experimenting with Blue Majik and realized that the key to getting a turquoise smoothie is to limit the ingredients.  My usual go-to smoothie ingredients (greens, scoop of peanut butter, frozen peaches, chocolate protein powder) turned the smoothie murky.  Blueberries plus Blue Majik made a crazy blue-grey hue that looked kinda like drinking concrete.

To get the best color, I used only white(ish) or clear ingredients: almond milk, vanilla protein powder, sliced banana, ice and Greek yogurt for a creamy and delicious protein shake that tasted great but didn't muddy the color.  A few scroops of Blue Majik created a soft turquoise hue - I have no idea how some people get those VIVID teal smoothies.  That's either a whole bottle of Blue Majik or some generous photo-shopping because this pale turquoise was the richest color I could achieve. 

How to Make an All Natural Turquoise Smoothie Bowl  // Blue Majik Mermaid Smoothie

I rarely measure a smoothie - I just add my frozen fruit, some peanut butter, some almond milk, some yoghurt (if I have it), some greens and then whirl in my blender until it's the right consistency, adjusting as a I go.  But for this one I put together some super scientific measurements to make two smoothies or smoothie bowls. 

Ingredients:
  • 1 banana
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
  • 2 generous dollops of Greek yogurt
  • A handful of ice cubes
  • 1 cup-ish of almond milk 
  • 1-3 scoops of Blue Majik (the scoop it comes with)
 How to Make an All Natural Turquoise Smoothie Bowl  // Blue Majik Mermaid Smoothie

Blend until creamy (I used my Magic Bullet for this so it's a magic smoothie through and through, haha).  Smoothie bowls are so good for using up random odds and ends from the fridge and freezer - and pantry!  Along with some fresh fruit, I topped mine with some leftover unsweetened shredded coconut, chocolate granola (purchased in a moment of weakness), and cocoa nibs. 

How to Make an All Natural Turquoise Smoothie Bowl  // Blue Majik Mermaid Smoothie

So what the heck is Blue Majik?

Blue Majik is an extract of Arthrospira platensis (Spirulina), a natural algae.  Apparently it supports healthy joints and helps prevent inflammation.  It's nutrient dense and so it's all the rage as a superfood.  I'm just in it for the turquoise, if I'm being honest!  

If you're curious about this magic powder, just note that the spirulina I linked to is the exact one I used and it has a blue tint.  There are others that are green, so if you're shopping for this at local health food stores, double check that it's blue.

How to Make an All Natural Turquoise Smoothie Bowl  // Blue Majik Mermaid Smoothie
How to Make an All Natural Turquoise Smoothie Bowl  // Blue Majik Mermaid Smoothie

Does Blue Majik Taste Weird?

I read some reviews that said it can taste fishy if used in high doses.  I tested up to three little scoops into a pair of smoothies with no funny taste but that's likely because I use a vanilla flavored protein powder and there was a whole banana in there too.  I don't recommend drinking it in water because then it will really taste gross, but blended into a delicious smoothie you can't taste it at all.

How to Make an All Natural Turquoise Smoothie Bowl  // Blue Majik Mermaid Smoothie

So pretty, right?

We've been enjoying blue smoothies and smoothie bowls lakeside and it just makes me smile to look down at a smoothie that matches the water!  You know I love a good looking smoothie and I'm still really enjoying making these pretty smoothie bowls because they make me slow down and savor.  Now that I've learned the secret to the magic turquoise smoothie, I feel that my smoothie repertoire is complete. 

But I still have lots of magic blue powder left, so I am seriously tempted to add this Blue Majik to everything - turquoise cheesecake, turquoise poppy seed loaf, turquoise icing...  This article has some great ideas.  I can't wait until the next dinner party I host or potluck I'm invited to.  Turquoise everything!!!
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  1. "While others search for the meaning of life, I search for new ways to make my entire life turquoise."
    Love this! Could be my personal mantra as well.

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    1. We should embroider this on a pillow. In turquoise, of course ;)

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  2. Haha, this reminds me of grade school. If my lunchtime sandwiches were something coveted like egg salad, bullies would confiscate them. Funny thing, nobody wanted them when I started using blue or green food colouring in the mayo.

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    1. I would have bullied you for the teal egg salad, lol. That is a pretty darn clever solution to your childhood problem, I'm impressed!!

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  3. So pretty! I need to get back on the smoothie wagon- such a good way to get the healthy stuff in

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    1. Agreed! I have been adding way more greens and veggies and less and less fruit and still just as tasty!

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  4. Gorgeous pix and like you, I love turquoise, but I am not so sure I like it as a food colour. We don't have any naturally occurring blue foods, even blueberries are actually purple. How unusual that the spirulina is actually blue! Having said that, when I was a kid, I loved blue popsicles ( for some reason they are raspberry flavoured) and I thought that blue icing on a birthday cake was divine!

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    1. I wish I could remember where I found it but I saw a blue cake on Pinterest and the woman had dyed it with some kind of powdered something or other that was found in nature but wasn't this spirulina. I wish I could remember what it was because I found it so odd. Now it's bugging me... This color is, indeed, not really a color we tend to eat! You get used to it though :D

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  5. This smoothie bowl looks amazing! I would like to share one photo with a link back in a favorites post I am writing. If you would not like me to share, please notify me and I am happy to remove the image. xoxo

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