These days, it can seem like the biggest food and health crazes are exactly that— crazy. From the mermaid food extravaganza to apitherapy (all bees all the time), apparently nothing is off limits anymore. But when spirulina caught our attention, we weren’t quick to dismiss it. Loaded with antioxidants, protein and iron, this salt water algae is worth the hype and a spot in your fridge!
When harvested correctly, spirulina is one of the strongest sources of natural nutrients – making it an especially great choice for vegans and vegetarians. Each 1 tablespoon serving of Spirulina powder comes in at 20 calories with 4 grams of protein, various essential amino acids and iron. Sure, you can get a lot essential nutrients from your favorite fruits and veggies, but when your fridge is low on produce, you’re in a pinch, or looking to superdose your body on nutrients know that ounce-for-ounce spirulina is where it’s at! Spriluna has 280% more antioxidants than blueberries, 600% more protein than tofu, 2800% more beta-carotene than carrots, and 3900% more iron than spinach. What’s more is that Spirulina powder and caplets are widely available at Whole Foods and most health food stores. Not bad, right?
As is true with most superfood and herbal supplements, the benefits of spirulina are best realized when ingested with other food and some fat. Although mild, the taste of spirulina powder is a touch grassy. We’ve found it works best to add the powder into smoothies, homemade energy balls or matcha lattes. If you’re new to the world of Spirulina, start out by tossing some into your favorite drink, or try out our favorite post-workout smoothie recipe.
Silky Spirulina Smoothie
In blender combine:
- 1 tablespoon spirulina
- 1 banana
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1 cup ice
- 1 cup plain greek or coconut yogurt
- (optional) 1 tablespoon collagen, egg white powder or vegan protein blend
- (optional) sweeten to taste with honey or stevia
To enjoy: immediately pour into your glass or thermos and add a pinch of spirulina on top
The average sized container of Spirulina caplets or powder will set you back $15 – 20 but a little goes a long way, so be sure to store it in the fridge! If you’ve got other favorite ways to reap Spirulina’s benefits, let us know below or tag #honestlyFITfam on a picture of your creation.
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