Algae may not be the first thing on your mind to strike-off as healthy or appetizing. Yet here we are in 2017, and close to 2018, where the world is raving about the benefits of spirulina – a blue-green algae often found in lakes that’s packed with nutrients and has become a favorite with the health gurus and health aficionados.
Due to the concentration of vitamins and proteins found in Spirulina this new ‘IT FOOD’ found in everything from smoothies to ice-creams and chocolates. When compared to other food sources gram for gram it definitely lives up to its reputation. It is incredibly protein-dense – it is about 60% protein by weight, which makes it a better protein source than red meat, eggs or even lentils (Source), has higher calcium per gram compared to milk and more iron than raw spinach – making it a great plant-based source of key nutrients for vegans and vegetarians alike.
While there is no disputing that Spirulina is good for you, there is also no denying that the nutrient-dense microalgae is not exactly the best-tasting superfood. Having raw spirulina powder on its own is not a great idea, but fortunately, there are a variety of palatable ways in which you can incorporate spirulina into your diet without wanting to gag from the terrible aftertaste it leaves in your mouth.
Add it to your smoothies
This is probably the easiest and most common method for incorporating the green superfood into your diet. While the internet is flooded with recipes created solely for the purpose of including spirulina in your diet, you can simply add a scoop full of powder to your current preferred smoothie, shake or juice-based drink. It pairs exceptionally well with banana and avocado – and throwing in some greens with the mix will make a great morning smoothie. We love this 5-ingredient spirulina smoothie recipe from Minimalist Baker.
Give your ice-cream a touch of spirulina
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Your favorite ice-cream can now also be a ridiculously healthy treat packed with healthy fats, protein, antioxidants and a gorgeous color by simply adding spirulina powder to it. Try the super easy 2-ingredient spirulina nice-cream recipe from Happy & Healthy 96 or indulge in a vegan pistachio ice-cream with a hint of spirulina (recipe here).
Super easy and refreshing spirulina lemonade
When you have a craving for a refreshing and sweet drink, fix a yummy lemonade with spirulina twist that will give it a healthy boost like vitamin B and iron. Try out the delicious spirulina lemonade recipe from Choc & Juice.
Add it to your homemade pasta dough
You can easily incorporate Spirulina powder to your homemade pasta dough to boost its nutritional profile. The powder will not alter the consistency of the dough and will give it a beautiful green color. You can get spirulina pasta from the market if making dough is too much of a task for you.
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Add it to sauces
Another easy way to incorporate Spirulina into your diet is to add it to sauces and gravies. Thanks to the large variety of herbs and spices available on the market, adding a dash or two of Spirulina to your favorite sauce or gravy will add a nice flavor without being overbearing. To protect the B vitamins and other heat-sensitive nutrients in the powerhouse algae it is important to only stir in the powder at the end of the cooking process. We love the spirulina and mint basil pesto recipe by Archana’s Kitchen and Candice Kumai.
Use it in salad dressings
Give your salads a beautiful dash of green with a dust of spirulina powder. You can simply add a ¼ teaspoon of spirulina powder to your store-bought salad dressing or make your own from scratch using good-quality ingredients like olive oil, lemon juice, mustard and fresh herbs. The possibilities are endless and are only limited by your own sense of adventure and personal taste preferences.
The ways in which to add Spirulina to your diet are relatively endless and will constantly increase as you gain the confidence of using it in the kitchen on a day-to-day basis. Incorporating it directly into your meals is also the ideal way in which to ensure that your family is reaping the benefits of the green superfood without even knowing it.
Which are the best Spirulina Powder in the market?
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You must only buy high-quality spirulina powder from controlled farms to ensure they are free from toxins and harmful substances and lead-free. Here are a few good ones we recommend:
Triquetra Health Organic Spirulina Powder (8oz) (USDA, Naturland, OCIA & Ecocert certified organic) for $25.43 – This is sourced from controlled farms in California and is tested for quality and contaminates (Proposition 65 compliant).
Earthrise Spirulina Natural Powder (180 Grams) from $15 – Proposition 65 compliant grown in a controlled farm in California and is non-GMO verified.
Nutrex Hawaii Spirulina (47 servings) for $15.39 – Made in USA in a controlled farm.
Natural Elements USDA Organic Spirulina Powder (5.9oz) for $16.95 – Made in USA.
About the author
Jane Sandwood is a professional freelance writer with interest in issues relating to health, fitness, and nutrition.
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