Health Benefits of Spirulina:
- Increased energy
- Reduced allergy symptoms
- Detoxification of heavy metals in the body
- Control cholesterol
- Assist with weight loss
- boosts immune system
- Possible anti-cancer effects
- May increase endurance and fat burning during exercise
What Is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a blue-green algae (classified as cyanobacteria) and contains chlorophyll, which may assist by attaching itself to toxins in the body and flushing them out. Spirulina is about 60% protein by composition and contains all of the essential amino acids. It is also a great source of phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals.
What Does Spirulina Taste Like?
Spirulina actually has a very umami and savory taste. It is an algae after all. The good news is that it does not taste bitter – a common issue when making things you want to be neutral or sweet like smoothies or energy snacks. Hence, you never really have to add extra ingredients just to cover up the taste. For the recipe below, there is much payoff when you add vanilla to the drink…as it really brings out all of the rest of the flavors.
A Natural Energy Enhancer
I have found that spirulina gives great natural energy, nourishes the nervous system, and fights fatigue. Since it also contains chlorophyll, which is a natural chelating agent, it will help to detox the body while you go about doing your usual activities.
Other Ways to Use Spirulina
- In vegetable juices
- In homemade energy snacks, bars, and bites
- In smoothies and bowls
- Sprinkled on salads
Best Spirulina Brands?
Spirulina can come in powdered and tablet or capsule form. The one I use is a powder from Nutrex and is a Hawaiian Spirulina. In addition to that, some others have liked the following:
- Nutrex, Hawaiian Spirulina
- Zhou Spirulina
- Earthrise, tablet form
- E3 Live (comes in frozen, powder, and tablet/capsule forms)
Alternative to a Blender
You can use a fork, a blender bottle, my favorite lightweight hand-held milk frother! (that lives on my counter). A handy dandy tool to make drinks galore.
Other Superfood drinks? Try a Reishi Hot Cocoa.