These fun red white and blue smoothies are a fun and festive way to celebrate the 4th of July! The bright colored smoothies are a healthy, guilt-free treat that are totally dye-free.
The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holiday's to celebrate. For me, it was an excuse to get family together, sit out side and make delicious food.
This smoothie is a fun way to pay tribute to the red white and blue, without sacrificing your health.
And the bright colors in the smoothie are all natural! No artificial food dyes here.
The vibrant red is from fresh organic strawberries and the blue comes from a special ingredient...
The ingredients for our red white and blue smoothie are surprisingly simple. You'll need...
- Strawberries: Fresh or frozen
- Blue Algae
- Coconut Cream: Unsweetened
- Honey: Optional
Strawberries & Banana's: When choosing your fruit, aim for organic if you can. Organic banana's aren't much more expensive than non-organic ones.
Fresh organic strawberries can be harder to find in some areas. However, you can usually find organic strawberries in the frozen section. To save on cost, I like to buy fresh strawberries when they are on sale and freeze in bulk for later.
Coconut Cream: We used coconut cream as it's thicker and creamier. However coconut milk, or any milk of preference would work.
If you are sugar free, make sure to get the unsweetened coconut cream.
Blue Spirulina: Blue spirulina is similar to regular spirulina, just very blue! It's an easy way to naturally dye foods while adding a plethora of health benefits like being high in nutrients and inflammatory properties.
Honey: Using honey in this smoothie is option. I found the taste very sweet as is, but we are a sugar free family. If you want to sweeten your smoothie up, feel free to add a bit of honey.
There are tons of great benefits to using local, raw honey.
If you can't find any in your area easily, you can always order online. I like using this one, as it has a mild flavor and great for sweetening things up without a super strong honey taste.
The most complicated thing about this smoothie is the layering process, but I assure you, it's not too hard.
First make the red layer of your smoothie by blending your strawberries with ⅓ of the coconut cream. This will give you a bright red smoothie.
I suggest adding a bit of banana to offset the strong strawberry flavor, but it'll turn your red more of a pink color. So it's really based on preference.
Transfer the red smoothie to your glass and pour it in. This makes 2 good sized smoothies, so I suggest splitting it between to glasses or mason jars.
Then rinse your blender well, and blend the rest of the ingredients together, minus the blue spirulina.
This will be both your white middle layer and the blue top layer. To do this, simply pour half of the white mixture equally among the glasses, on top of the red layer.
Finally, return your blender reservoir back to its base with the other half of the white smoothie still in it. Add in your blue spirinula and blend well until all the blue is evenly dispersed.
Finally, carefully pour the blue smoothie on top of the rest of your smoothie, finishing off your red white and blue smoothie!
Serve cold and enjoy!
- 6 Bananas
- 16 oz package of strawberries (or small bag of frozen strawberries)
- 1 can of coconut cream
- 1 heaping teaspoon of blue spirulina powder
- Blend all of the strawberries with ½ banana and ⅓ of the coconut cream.
- Pour strawberry smoothie on the bottom of a clear cup or mason jar, filling no more than ⅓ of the cup.
- If doing 2 small smoothies, pour equal parts into 2 separate cups.
- Rinse blender out and blend the rest of the bananas and coconut cream together.
- Pour the white smoothie mixture slowly over the red layer in your cups, leaving ½ of the white smoothie mixture in the blender.
- Return the blender reservoir with the remaining smoothie mixture back onto your blender base and add in blue spirulina smoothie.
- Once your smoothie is completely blue (you can add more spirulina if you want a brighter blue) pour the smoothie mixture over the white layer in your cups.
- Serve chilled
You can substitute the coconut cream for coconut milk or other milk of your choosing. It won't be quite as creamy, but still good. Enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 425Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 104gFiber: 14gSugar: 59gProtein: 6g