If you’re looking for ways to use Spirulina, you’ve come to the right place.
Read on for some tasty ideas and a secret superfood tip that will leave your skin glowing.
What is Spirulina?
Spirulina is a blue-green micro algae, which was relatively unknown until commercial production took off in the 1970s.
Since then, it has a garnered a reputation as one of the healthiest foods on the planet.
This is thanks to the ridiculously high levels of protein, vitamins, phytonutrients and minerals it contains.
Why would I take Spirulina?
According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, Spirulina contains impressive amounts of iron, B vitamins, calcium, vitamins A,C, D, E & K, essential fatty acids, amino acids and large amounts of protein.
It’s always wise to reserve some skepticism for health claims you see online.
But it looks like Spirulina is the real deal.
Studies have indicated the antiviral and anticancer properties of Spirulina, along with a host of other benefits.
These include aiding the production of antibodies, reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, boosting energy and speeding up weight-loss.
Either way, the nutrient profile of Spirulina makes it a must for anyone health conscious.
So, how do you take it?
How much Spirulina should I take?
You can take Spirulina in 4 forms: crunchy flakes, powder, tablets or capsules.
Many people prefer to take tablets or capsules everyday with a glass of water.
This allows them to get the added nutrients without altering their diet.
Adults: 3-4 grams daily (1-2 teaspoons)
Children: 1-2 grams daily (1 teaspoon)
Tablets (500mg each)
Adults: 6-8 tablets
Children: 2-4 tablets
Capsules (600mg each)
Adults: 5-7 caps
Hardcore Spirulina fans may tell you to just mix Spirulina powder with a glass of water.
There are however, a great number of other ways you can get Spirulina into your diet.
You’ll find some of our favourites below…
The most important thing to remember when cooking with Spirulina is not to expose it to heat, as this will reduce the nutrient content.
Healthy, easy to make and quick to consume, smoothies are already a part of many peoples’ diet.
This makes adding in a teaspoon or two of Spirulina hardly any extra effort.
Here are some awesome spirulina smoothie recipes for you to try out.
Sauces are another super-easy way to take Spirulina.
We’ve seen lots of great recipes for Spirulina sauces, but here are just two of our favourites:
Spirulina & Basil Pesto (Raw & Vegan)
Tasty, healthy, and simple to make, Pesto has been saving pasta from mundanity for eons.
This Spirulina take on a traditional pesto is absurdly good for you, and adds some vibrancy to even the plainest dishes.
Spirulina Greek Sauce
This is a classic Greek sauce recipe is fantastic with Pita bread dips, with kebabs or as a salad dressing.
The Spirulina complements the flavours of the yogurt and feta very nicely.
Get the full recipe here: http://earthrise.com/all-recipes/greek-spirulina-sauce/
Spirulina Salad Dressings
Salad dressings are another easy way to take Spirulina, especially if you’re already eating salads regularly.
Simply mix together some olive oil, apple cider vinegar, dijon mustard, salt and pepper, some spirulina and half a teaspoon of honey and blend it all together.
Or, just sprinkle in some spirulina over the leaves, before you add your normal dressing.
Soups are incredibly versatile way of using Spirulina.
Adding a touch of spirulina to your stew or soup (AFTER it’s cooled), will give you that added protein punch.
If you’re looking for something even healthier, try out this cleansing Courgette and Spirulina soup:
Spirulina Face Mask
Here’s a secret way to use Spirulina that you skin will love - a Spirulina and Honey Face Mask.
The vitamins and minerals in Spirulina, plus the anti-bacterial properties of honey, make this totally organic and natural face mask a must.
Your skin will thank you.