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What is Spirulina?
It is classified as a cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae. It is known to be the single most nutritious food on the planet! There are about 1,500 species of spirulina, but only 36 are edible. It has been used for centuries as a food source in many countries and has been on Earth for about 3.5 billion years. I recently started adding spirulina to my smoothies and have already reaped the benefits. Click read more to see which!
How to Prepare
Spirulina can be found in powder and tablet form. I have only used the powdered form from the brand in the image below. To be honest, spirulina tastes like grass and smells like fish food (go figure, can't get a more authentic algae than that!) The label provides serving sizes and recommends 1 teaspoon a day. I typically put 1 teaspoon in my smoothies when I create them. Do not overdo it unless you want a really GREEN smoothie.🙂 The flavor is potent but worth it, trust me! I typically "cut" the taste with sweet fruits like bananas, strawberries, mangos, etc. You might have to experiment with what works for you. I'll add a smoothie recipe to the end of this blog post that goes really well with spirulina. Do not forget to refrigeratee your spirulina after opening, or else it can go bad.
1. Very beneficial for the heart, due to its ability to lower "bad" LDL cholesterol or triglyceride levels and raise "good" HDL cholesterol levels.
2. High concentration of macronutrients: 4g of protein per serving (it's composed of ~62% amino acids); Iron; Vitamin B1, B2, and B3; Copper.
3. Powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which means it is a key ingredient in stellar immune system function.
4. Reduces blood pressure (personally, I started having more "normal" blood pressure readings after adding spirulina to my diet -- may also be due to taking black seed oil).
5. Spirulina has a probiotic effect, enhancing gut flora.
6. Improve muscle recovery, ideal for use after athletic activities.
Bananas (frozen or fresh)
Strawberries (frozen or fresh)
1 tsp spirulina powder (I use the brand in the picture above)
Vanilla flavored protein powder (I use this brand)
Flax seeds or chia seeds (because more protein, duh!)
Unsweetened almond milk (you can sub this for any nut milk)
-super easy, quick and delicious! You will still taste the spirulina's unique flavor but it won't be as bad. Your smoothie may also turn green. 👀
Please consult with your physician before making changes to your diet, especially if you are diagnosed with a health condition.
I hope this post was informative and will help you along your holistic health journey! Comment below if you've tried spirulina. How did you like it? What smoothie recipes do you have? We would love to hear your thoughts! 🤩
Till next time,
Hello world! I am Chérie Jade, I am passionate about promoting a holistic lifestyle and encouraging preventative practices for day to day healthy living.