Today we are introducing spirulina. Now, unless you're like us and you opt to browse the aisles of health food stores for fun, you may have never heard of it. We'd like to change that, because this is one weird green powder that we are really into.
What is it?
Spirulina is a natural blue-green algae that is extremely nutrient rich. While we wish we could sugar coat it (we really do), you can find spirulina in powder or capsule form, as it tastes exactly how you might imagine - like pond scum! Because of this, if you chose to try the powder form, the best way to do so is by adding it to a smoothie to dilute the taste. Are you excited to try it yet?
Sounds gross. Why should I be eating this algae?
- It contains 65% protein, including all essential amino acids
- The same compound that gives it it's blue-green color is a potent antioxidant that can fight harmful free radicals
- It is high in omega-3's and is one of the few foods that contains GLA, an essential fatty acid known for it's anti-inflammatory properties
- Spirulina is most famously known for its high chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll has several benefits: it can bind to toxins in the body and inhibit them from being absorbed, promotes healing in the body, and may even suppress hunger and cravings
- It offers a bioavailable form of iron, which is a great option for vegans and vegetarians looking for new ways to add protein to their diets
- It provides B vitamins, potassium, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc
- It may aid in fat burning during exercise
- There is evidence that it may help lower cholesterol, triglycerides, and have anti-cancer properties
- Basically: there are tons of good reasons to label spirulina a superfood
Ok fine, I'll try it. How do I use it?
Try our Spirulina Smoothie! You'll reap the benefits without suffering the taste
Ingredients (serves 1):
- 1/2 frozen banana (add a cup of ice if banana isn't frozen)
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- 1-2 cups spinach
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon spirulina
- Dash of cinnamon
- Option: 1 teaspoon chia seeds
Blend until smooth and creamy and enjoy!
Tovita Tip: Make sure to refrigerate your spirulina powder!
For more info on spirulina, check out this extensive overview by Well-Being Secrets!