What’s so special about spirulina and why should you add it into your smoothies?
Most of the people find hard time enjoying spirulina‘s taste, although there are many worse things like some of the bodybuilding supplements.
Some people would not take it ever again, after their first experience, though as usual, the reviewers tend to exaggerate their first impression. All in all, it is the benefit that matters, so it is worth the sacrifice for the sake of healthy living and proper nutrients intake. One of the most potent and nutrient dense foods on earth, spirulina, the star superfood, is perhaps best consumed in a smoothie. See my Recipes below.
When I first came across spirulina and began researching why it was considered a superfood, what stood out was the fact that it’s 65-70% pure protein by dry weight. Because of that I usually refer to it as the green protein queen or green gold. Protein content aside, what’s so special about spirulina and why should you add it into your smoothies?
Spirulina is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and carotenoids. It’s a good source of vitamins A (beta-carotene), B1, B2, B6, E, and K and zinc, copper, iron, manganese, selenium, and the anti-inflammatory essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). It’s also an abundant natural source of chlorophyll.
A few health benefits one might experience from ingesting this green gold:
- Better immune system functioning
- Improved brain health
- Improved blood quality
- Detoxification and cleansing
You shouldn’t be surprised either, to hear that the taste may vary, depending on the source of spirulina. The spirulina coming from the sea is usually gross and kinds of smells fishy. Out of three common species of spirulina, the Hawaiian one is by deduction marine and is grown using the ocean water, while the others – Pacifica and Azteca only live in fresh water lakes or ponds, and naturally aren’t as harsh in taste and odor. FormulaOZ Spirulina coming from the clean fresh water farms and almost odourless.
But set aside the brands, what if… you’ve already tasted it, and the taste consistently repelling, each time a portion of it approaches your mouth? Well the easiest way is to get spirulina in capsules, of course – I guarantee you will notice nothing. The challenge comes when you get it in bulk powder, while also trying to consume it in the amounts as bigger as possible due to its lower cost. And the opposite force of this raw spirulina is an art of mixing it to make it more palatable, therefore “hiding” it in a smoothie and making smoothie more nutrient dense without adding any extra calories is the way to go. It pairs well with cacao, which this smoothie also calls for. As with any food or supplement you’re new to, start off with a small amount and work your way up.
Make it more tasty!
I shall share some recipes and inventions obtained from my blending everything eatable on earth experience and experiments. But first, let us note once again that spirulina does not tolerate the very harsh conditions, so don’t ever think of cooking, for that would obviously turn all its value into zero. While on the other hand, the most beneficial way of consumption would be mixing it with the milk (which is likewise alkaline), or coconut juice, or fresh water, but as you’ve probably already guessed, it is the least pleasant experience to go by, and could also turn your teeth green.
Now lets finally get to the tasty part:
- Smoothies are the best! Mix it with smoothies, and the bad taste gets almost unnoticeable. All kinds of smoothies work great, just make sure you’ve got some fruits and ice in your fridge and get started. Some would even flourish it with crushed almonds, chocolate or honey, or coconut creamy milk..
- Juice. Mix it with the juice. Particularly orange juice appears to work fine, effectively counteracting the gross taste of spirulina, while some people prefer apple. In addition, it also goes well with vegetable juices, such as of celery, spinach and carrots. Add lemon to kill marine odor.
- Make it a shot like vodka. Naturally, this is a great idea if you’re friendly with hard drinks and would probably take the least hassle of all. Just mix it with a small amount of water and overturn straight into your throat, and then follow up with a chaser – cold water or a juice would do. Russians drinking burning mouth vodka that way, following by piece of lemon and love it!
Enjoy! – the grass is not greener…
Spirulina Superfood Smoothie Recipe
By July 24, 2013Published:
- Prep: 5 mins
Spirulina have really high concentrations of natural Chlorophyll, the body's blood detoxifier. Plus both provide tons of phytonutrients. They are a lot better source of vitamins and minerals compared to taking a multi-vitamin mineral tablets which most have really poor absorbability.
- 1 1/2 Cups Water or Coconut Juice
- 1 Medium banana
- 1 Cup Spinach
- 1 -2 Table Spoon Spirulina powder
- 1 Table spoon Cacao powder or nibs
- Honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten
- Place all of the ingredients into your high-speed blender and blend for around 30-45 seconds or until nice and smooth. Smoothie will be thick. I find the easiest way to drink is like one would do weights at the gym, in sets. I take 5 gulps, chase with water and repeat. If you handle spicy foods well, add Piperine Powder from FormulaOZ range.
At last, I would wish you not only to get used to this spirulina taste, which you will do gradually, but to actually crave for it, because the craving for spirulina is a significant token on the way to the state of healthiness and well being.