Im always on the hunt for the new superfood that will benefit my health,i first was introduce to spirulina while researching supplements to help with iron and energy levels. Spirulina took some time to enter my life (i had the bottle probably for about a year before i opened it) but im so glad i discovered it!
Spirulina is an ideal anti-aging food. concentrated nutrient value, easily digested and loaded with antioxidants. Beta carotene is good for healthy eyes and vision. Spirulina beta carotene is ten times more concentrated than carrots. Spirulina also contains other nutrients such as iron, manganese, zinc, copper, selenium, and chromium. These nutrients help fight free radicals, cell-damaging molecules absorbed by the body through pollution, poor diet, injury, or stress. By removing free radicals, the nutrients help the immune system fight cancer and cellular degeneration.
Iron is essential to build a strong system, yet is the most common mineral deficiency. Spirulina is rich in iron, magnesium and trace minerals, and is easier to absorb than iron supplements.
Spirulina contains high amount of protein, which is essential for growth and cell regeneration. Every 10 grams of spirulina can supply up to 70% of the minimum daily requirements for iron, and about three to four times of minimum daily requirements for vitamins A, B complex, D,and K. Another health benefit of spirulina is that it stimulates beneficial flora in your digestive tract to promote healthy digestion and proper bowel function. It acts as a natural cleanser by eliminating mercury and other deadly toxins commonly ingested by the body.
So are you ready to add this amazing superfood into your life? here are a few ways to use it in snacks and smoothies!
My favourite way to have spirulina but that's probably because it's a great excuse to have some popcorn! The recepie is so easy too. all you need is to make the popcorn as usual. In a small bowl add 1 tablespoon of spirulina, pinch of sea salt if needed, you can add grated Parmesan cheese and garlic powder if you want to jazz it up a bit. Mix all the ingredients together and while popcorn still warm add the seasoning and shake vigorously to coat the popcorn evenly.. TA DA! It's done.
Cheesy spirulina kale chips
I'm sure most of you tried making kale chips (if not then get on it!) there are endless toppings to add and spirulina is defiantly one of them.
All you need is:
1 bunch of kale leaves (rinsed & dried)
1/4 cup nutritional yeas
1 tablespoon spirulina powde
1 tablespoon paprika
sea salt & pepper to tast
preheat oven to 375 degrees. mix all the seasoning together in a separate bowel and set aside. Take the rinsed and dried kale and with a knife de-stalk the leaves by cutting out the hard stalk down the middle. Lay the leaves on a cookie sheet and spray them with cooking spray of your choice (I usually use coconut oil). Sprinkle the dry mix over the leaves and sprinkle sea salt and pepper to taste. Bake for 10-15 min until golden brown. Keep an eye on them so they won't burn!
Spirulina Summer Smoothie
2 bananas peeled and sliced
1/4 cup almonds
1 medium apple, cored and sliced
1 teaspoon spirulina
1 1/2-2 cups rice/almond milk
To the base recipe add in 1 serving of summer fruit of your choice (blueberries, pear, strawberries or any combination of fruits you have at home
add all ingredients and blend till desired consistency (for thinner smoothie, add more apple)
*base recipe tastes great on its own so it's your choice to add more fruits or keep it as it is. Enjoy!
Spirulina Ice Cream
For 1-2 servings this recipe requires 2 Frozen bananas and 1 teaspoon of spirulina. You blend until bananas are in a creamy consistency and there you have it, a nutrient packed dessert!
Do you have any favourite recipes that can incorporate spirulina? Please share!