I love everything about the ocean. Maybe that’s why I think it’s really hip to mix algae into my morning smoothie. You could say it makes me feel a little more like a fish. It also makes my body feel super health charged while I’m walking on land. “Out of the sea, wish I could be, part of that world…” The Little Mermaid, anyone? Just me?
Fun fact: When I was a kid, I was pretty close to chopping the “M” off of the front of my name and changing it to Ariel.
That was an over share. Enough about me. Let’s talk about algae.
Here’s what spirulina has got goin’ on…
- Iron rich
An iron deficiency can lead to fatigue, decreased immunity, and slow brain function. 2 tsp of this stuff will provide you with 10 mg of iron. To put this in perspective, the daily recommended amount of iron for adult males is 8 mg.
- Great source of B-12
B-12 helps to regulate the nervous system which can lead to improved brain function and alleviation of depression.
- Boosts immune system
- High in chlorophyll
Chlorophyll is literally “plant blood”. It works wonders for purifying and oxygenating the blood.
- High in calcium
- Contains 4 times the amount of antioxidants found in blueberries
- Helps to flush toxic metals from the body
- Makes a killer face mask (mix ¼ tsp with a few drops of water). Can be used for freaking out your dog or scaring young children. Also restores moisture, clears bacteria, and promotes skin elasticity.
So perhaps you’re intrigued? Now what? How do you use this stuff?
- Smoothie it. Add bananas, dates, ginger, lemon juice, water, and spirulina to a blender and blend on high until fully combined.
- Make a dressing. Mix lemon juice, spirulina, sea salt, cold pressed olive oil, a little water, and your favorite spices together for a green boosted salad topping.
- Add some spirulina powder to your favorite energy bar recipe.
- Mix it into guacamole (my answer to lots of life’s questions).
You can find more spirulina recipes here.
I’m usually not big on supplements as I like to get most of my vitamins and minerals straight from my food, but did you know that you can grow and harvest your own spirulina at home? Check out this Instructables link.
Disclaimer: The smell might get some getting used to. It’s the strongest on its own and it’s pacified when mixed into food.