Spirulina is a type of blue-green algae that is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and carotenoids, antioxidants that can help protect cells from damage. Spirulina provides all nine essential amino acids, making it an excellent complete protein source! It is loaded with antioxidants, iron, and vitamins A through E.
Spirulina (dietary supplement) powder made from cyanobacteria genus Arthrospira. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
There are many ways to incorporate spirulina into your diet. You can use it make ice cream. This recipe is made from coconut milk, cacao nibs, agave syrup and a touch of spirulina for a beautiful green vegan dessert! Try it this summer, you could even add some mint extract and make mint cacao chip ice cream.
Salad Dressing – use spirulina right in your salad dressing. Green up your salad! Make your favorite vinaigrette dressing and use 1 tsp of spirulina powder for each tablespoon of olive oil. If you don’t make your own salad dressings just add it to ready made dressings for an additional boost.
Some folks have even added it to their favorite cookie recipe! By adding it to burritos you can give a vegan burritos an extra boost of protein. For more ideas on how to incorporate spirulina into your diet go to Nuts.com! They have a wonderful video and recipes to get you started!
My two favorite ways to incorporate spirulina into our diet is by adding it to smoothies and adding it to my favorite homemade salad dressing! By adding Spirulina to my smoothies I am able to enjoy my smoothie knowing I am getting a boost of superpower! Does that make me a superwoman?
Here is an awesome salad dressing recipe, give it an extra boost by adding 1 tsp of spirulina.
Springtime Salad Dressing
1 scallion, roughly chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled
2 Tbsp maple syrup
4 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp chopped fresh chives
1 tsp chopped fresh dill
1 tsp chopped fresh parsley
½ cup oil
½ tsp salt
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Makes ¾ cup. Might want to double this as it is delicious!
If you’re in the mood for a smoothie try this amazing green smoothie!
Amazing Green Smoothie
1 whole banana
½ cup mixed berries
1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
1 Tbsp Almond butter
½- 1 cup almond milk
2 cups fresh spinach
1-1 tsp Spirulina
6 ice cubes
Blend everything together until creamy, add more almond milk to make it thinner. Enjoy immediately or freeze for later.
For those of you following the 21 Day Fix this would include 3 purple containers, 3 tsp healthy oil, 2 green containers and depending on how much almond milk you used it would be ½ yellow. I split the shake with my husband!
Be warned, adding Spirulina to anything will give it a rich green color! Still tastes fine.
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