Ignite Your Superpowers with Spirulina
Spirulina used to be one of the obscure health foods that kind of intimidated me. I didn’t really know what it was, and I definitely didn’t know what to do with it! But I did know that it was supposedly one of those “superfoods” that could give you superpowers.
OK, maybe not actual superpowers, but we all know that the quality of the food we put into our bodies directly correlates with what shows up on the outside.
And I don’t know about you, but I like feeling and looking my best!
Oh you do to?
Well then I want to share some of the wonderful things I’ve learned about the goodness of Spirulina, and how you can incorporate it into your diet with some simple and delcious recipes.
So what exactly is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a freshwater blue-green algae that has been harvested from lakes for thousands of year. It is an incredible source of complete protein (65%), and full-spectrum proteins are well-known for their importance in balancing brain chemistry. That means more balanced moods when you consume them! As someone who battled depression for many years, I truly believe that using food to balance our emotions is one of the easiest and most overlooked strategies. For ourselves AND our children.
Spirulina is also one of the best sources of GLA, an anti-inflammatory essential fatty acid necessary for a healthy nervous system. And that means meeting life with calm and resilience. With vitality, energy and awareness. All superpowers I know I want!
Spirulina improves vision and the immune system, and can help stimulate stem cells. Other possible health benefits of including spirulina in your diet include lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure and relief of allergy symptoms.
AND….the chlorophyll in Spirulina, which gives it such a beautiful emerald hue, is a super-dotoxifier! If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you know that I believe in Seasonal Detoxification, but what I love even more is finding simple ways to support your detoxification pathways on a DAILY basis, and Spirulina does just that.
I think it’s also pretty awesome to think that Spirulina contains 12 times the protein than an equivalent serving of beef, and as much iron as red meat. Not only does this make Spirulina a powerful blood builder, but by adding in more Spirulina protein (and therefore less animal protein), you will be conserving natural resources. Each gram of Spirulina protein is 4 times more absorbable than the same gram of protein in beef, AND Spirulina yields 200 times more protein per acre than beef! Good for your body and good for the Earth. 🙂
How can I incorporate Spirulina into my daily life?
Considering it only takes a small amount (1-2tsp.) to get a great boost of nutrients, it’s actually really easy to add to many things you already make. Mix it in to your guacamole, add it to smoothies, dressing or even homemade ice cream!
Here are a few quick, easy and delicious ways for you to start adding Spirulina to your diet today.
Ocean Guacamole (named by my 3 year old because the color change from regular guac makes it look like the ocean) 😉
1 roma tomato, diced
½ onion, diced
1 green onion, diced
½ tsp. garlic powder
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
Juice from 1 lemon or lime
1 T. cilantro, chopped
1 tsp. spirulina
Sea salt to taste
In a large bowl mash avocado with a fork, and mix in all other ingredients. Use veggies, chips or crackers to dip and devour!
Super Green Mango Madness
1 C. coconut water (optional. Regular filtered water is fine as well)
1 C. frozen mangoes
2 large Swiss Chard leaves, including stalks
1 tsp. Spirulina
1 scoop protein powder of choice (optional)
1 T. hemp seeds (optional)
Blend & Enjoy!
Spirulina Mint Chip Ice Cream
½ C. coconut milk (canned, full fat ~ ie. Native Forest or Natural Value)
1 frozen banana
10 raw cashews
1 T. Spirulina
1/8-1/4 T. raw honey (or 3-4 drops Stevia ~ ie. Sweet Leaf)
8 mint leaves
1-2 drops of peppermint essential oil (optional)
1 T. raw cacao nibs (low sugar option) or chocolate/ carob chips of your chioce (I make mine with cacao nibs and use Enjoy Life Mini Chips for the kiddos)
Add all ingredients to a high powered blender, and whip it on high for 30 seconds and you should be good to go! If not using a high powered blender, stop it ever so often to scrape down the sides and mix it between blending.
Add cacao nibs/ chocolate chips at the end. It will be more like soft serve ~ if you’d prefer hard ice cream texture, throw it in the freezer for 1-2 hours (if you can wait that long…around my house, that never happens!) 😉
Please share in the comments if you have a favorite way to incorporate spirulina, and I hope you enjoy these recipes as much as my family does!
And if you’re looking for more great information and ideas for incorporating Spirulina into your diet, be sure to check out Nuts.com!