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This blue smoothie bowl is made with algae

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At Great White café – a Venice Beach, California establishment that serves breakfast and lunch – you’ll find the blue algae smoothie bowl, a popular creation by chef Alex Thomopoulos.

The color of the smoothie is bright, highlighter blue, naturally colored with E3live’s blue-green algae powder. It’s derived from spirulina, which is considered one of the “superfoods,” and gets its wild color from a type of protein called C-phycocyanin.

The $12 bowl is almost too pretty to eat. It’s delicately arranged with house made granola, seasonal fruit (right now it’s blood orange, blueberries and strawberries) and flowers. The smoothie base is made up of banana, pineapple, passion fruit puree, chia seeds and of course, the algae. Fortunately, the algae had little to no taste in this smoothie.

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