Since my mother is a super health nut, she’s always passing on new recipes, fads, and foods to me that are fabulous for the health-conscious folk. The latest find is a lesser-known plant called spirulina. Spirulina is a blue-green algae that grows both in fresh water and salt water in tropical climates. It’s recently begun to be found in health food stores as a finely ground green powder. Never heard of it? Don’t worry, you would have sooner or later, as its popularity is on the rise for being one of the “most easily digestible forms of protein.” Easily digestible is really important for the growing number of people with sensitive stomachs. In addition, compared with beef’s 20% protein, spirulina is 85% protein. It’s extremely high in vitamins, minerals, and both essential and nonessential amino acids, it contains omega 3’s, 6’s, and 9’s, and high levels of chlorophyll. One blog site claimed that spirulina has over 26 times the amount of calcium than milk, but I was unable to locate their source of information. Anyway, talk about a power food. Snaps for Spirulina!
While it’s becoming better known and better researched now, spirulina has actually been around for thousands of years, harvested mainly in Africa, Mexico, and Asia. In 1970’s France, companies began to produce the plant commercially, and Japan and the US quickly followed suit. Because of its fantastic properties, spirulina is actually being used around the world to help treat illnesses. Rumor has it spirulina could be the closest we come to a food that could end world hunger, but of course that’s currently just hopeful hearsay.
So we can conclude that spirulina is awesome for our bodies, so why not try to start getting some in you every day?
Now the downfall of this lovely algae is that in its very convenient powder form, it’s definitely not something you want to taste. It needs some heavy flavor cover-up, but that’s where the wonderful creations of smoothies come in! Smoothies are the perfect way to add spirulina to your day. If you don’t already drink smoothies then you should totally start, because as I’ve raved before, smoothies are fabulous. Spirulina’s flavor isn’t too strong, so it’s pretty easy to mask. For a while, I was simply adding a teaspoon to 8 ounces of V8 fruit juice and sipping just fine. In a satisfyingly concocted smoothie, you wouldn’t even know it’s there. But I should warn you, it can get kind of gooky. It needs some serious blending and sticks to everything. Also, it will turn almost every smoothie mix a dark, dark green color. But that’s okay, it will still taste like your very same smoothie!
½ cup blueberries
½ cup strawberries
1 cup juice, yogurt, or almond milk
¼ cup orange juice concentrate
1 tbsp flax
Sweetened Stevia drops to taste
And 1 tbsp spirulina
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