Everyone is raving about Starbucks' new Unicorn Frappuccino -- a brightly-colored sparkling sweet treat. Because "treat yo-self," right? Well, as a nutritional therapist I don't think 59 grams of sugar counts as a treat.  That's an overdose. 

To celebrate spring, mystical magical unicorns, and TRULY treating yourself, here's a recipe full of shizandra and spirulina, not simple syrups, sugar, and ALL OF THIS OTHER CRAP.  Not only is this beautiful and fun, it's nutrient-dense.  Unicorns may not be real, but there's NOTHING fake about this "frappu-cleano." 

You can play with and alter these ingredients and directions based on what you have available to you.  Basically you want the blue layer to be thick enough to stick to the inside of the jar, and then the pink inner smoothie can be any pink smoothie concoction you like! 

Blue Layer

1/4 banana

1/4 cup full fat canned coconut milk (mostly the fat)*

1 scoop collagen powder

1 tsp raw honey or quality maple syrup (optional)

1/2 tsp Moondeli Blue Green Protein **

*You could also use a different milk alternative mixed with another fat like butter, ghee, or coconut oil to thicken.

**Spirulina provides the natural color (it's even in the Starbucks version). It's relatively easy to find at most health food stores.

Blend ingredients until smooth and transfer to a squeeze bottle. Drizzle along the inside of the jar before pouring in the rest of the smoothie.

Read more about the health benefits of spirulina
Read more about tocotrienols

Pink Layer

1 cup strawberries or frozen mixed berry blend

1 cup quality almond, coconut, or other milk

1 Tbs raw honey or maple syrup

1 tsp Surthrival organic schizandra

1 tsp Surthrival chaga extract *

*Surthrival’s chaga extract is blended with vanilla and I use it in place of vanilla extract. You can sub in an extract or organic vanilla powder.

Read about the benefits of schizandra.
Read about the benefits of chaga.

Coconut Cream Topping

1/4 cup chilled full fat coconut milk (80:20 mostly solid fat)

1 tsp raw honey or maple syrup (optional)

To make a whipped cream, whip with a hand mixer or whisk until you reach the right consistency. Top your smoothie with the whipped cream, sprinkle schizandra powder on top, and don't forget your reusable straw! 

Voila! A unicorn frappu-cleano fit for a princess.