Unicorn smoothies are beneficial nutritionally as well as mentally. So I challenge you to boost your morning with a pretty rainbow parfait or colorful unicorn smoothie bowl - colored with fruits and veggies and superfoods.
Unicorn smoothies are awash with pastel colors, consistent with the unicorn food scene, shades of Care Bears. But the innocent colors disguise the nutritional power behind each color. I use fruits and powders to create these colors, and the result is a medley of creamy fruity flavors. And if you want to learn more about eating the rainbow, pick up my free food color chart here.
- blueberries - Berries are full of antioxidants and provide the color blue. Use fresh so you can pulverize them easily with a spoon.
- raspberries - These berries are full of fiber, provide the color pink.
- mango - Mango is delicious fresh or frozen, provides fiber and the color orange.
- chia seeds - These seeds offer both fiber and protein, and thicken the smoothie. I suggest white but feel free to use black chia seeds as well, or both!
- blue spirulina powder - a blue form of this high protein seaweed-based super food.
- beet powder - Beets are high in sugar, but not in powder form, and they provide cardiac support and the color pink.
- green matcha powder - Matcha is a quality tea with a long list of nutritional benefits and the color green.
- dairy-free yogurt - Provides a thick creamy base for your smoothie.
- lemon juice - to brighten the flavor and add vitamin C.
Steps to Make
1.Blend up the yogurt with the chia seeds and lemon juice - it freshens the flavor.
2.Divide the yogurt mixture into 6 bowls, one for each color.
3.Stir one ingredient per bowl. For the fruits, squash them with a spoon and stir.
4Top with nuts, fruits, seeds and more.
Eat the smoothie right away. It can be refrigerated for a day, but the colors will fade.
Recipe Tips & Substitutions
Fruits. Any soft fruit can be used in place of the berries or mango. Just be sure it is fresh and soft enough to be squashed with a fork.
Matcha. Be sure to use ceremonial grade powder. The culinary grade is far too bitter.
Blue spirulina. This powder is rather expensive, but if you invest, you can add spoonfuls to future smoothies to boost protein levels. You can also use the green powder, however you won't be creating blue, but green.
Beet powder. If you want to boil beets, and squash them, you can use that instead of powder.
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To create colors
- Blend up the yogurt with the chia seeds and lemon juice - it freshens the flavor.2 cups dairy-free yogurt, 2 tablespoon white chia seeds, 2 tablespoon lemon juice
- Divide the yogurt mixture into 6 bowls, one for each color.
- Stir one ingredient per bowl. For the fruits, squash them with a spoon and stir.½ cup blueberries, ½ cup raspberries, ½ cup mango, 1 teaspoon blue spirulina, ½ teaspoon ceremonial green matcha, ½ teaspoon beet powder
- Dollop each color into bowls or glasses. Top with nuts, fruits, seeds and more.
- Eat the smoothie right away. It can be refrigerated for a day, but the colors will fade.