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!
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.
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.
- 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)
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.
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.
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.
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!!!