A refreshing green Seaweed Smoothie with a healthy boost of iodine, magnesium and iron. Made with oat milk, this smoothie recipe is low in fat, dairy-free and chock full of nutrients.
Spinach, mango and banana are the base of this green smoothie, with seaweed added for a dose of extra vitamins and minerals.
A healthful addition to vegan diets in need of added iron.
Benefits of Seaweed Smoothie
Vegetables and legumes contain everything needed for a healthy diet. For vegans, though, iodine is one nutrient that needs particular focus. It can be bit tricky to get enough from plant products if you don’t pay attention.
Iodine is essential to make thyroid hormones, the hormones that control your body’s metabolism and cell production. It also helps in both brain and bone growth processes. However, consuming too much iodine is just as dangerous as an iodine deficiency is! So do not overdo it.
Seaweed contains iron, potassium, magnesium, iodine, calcium, fibre, zinc and more. This sea vegetable actually absorbs iodine from seawater! Seaweed also contains many other minerals and trace minerals, including calcium, copper and magnesium. They can be high in protein and fibre, whilst being low in calories and fat-free.
Kelp or Nori…Which to Use in Your Smoothie
Seaweed is an umbrella term that covers many species of sea veggies! You can use any type of human grade seaweed in your smoothie.
We can break seaweed down into three groups — red, brown, and green. Kelp is within the brown seaweeds, which generally have higher levels of iodine than red or green seaweeds.
Nori is what is usually called seaweed sheets, and used mostly for sushi making. It’s also great to eat on its own as a healthy snack. Made of red algae, Nori is also super nutrient-rich.
Both Nori and Kelp are forms of nutrient-rich edible seaweeds that are great in smoothies!
- 1 cup oat milk or milk of choice
- 1 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1/8 cup seaweed or kelp
- 1/4 cup spinach fresh or frozen
- Add all ingredients to a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Add more oat milk as needed.
- Pour into a glass and enjoy!
Looking for more healthy and delicious plant-based smoothies? Try our Refreshing Grapefruit Mango Smoothie!