NOW WITH SPIRULINA!
If you have set foot in a health food store you have seen this mystery “spirulina” fairy being touted as the cure to all ailments. You can find the mystery ingredient in nearly everything, from chewing gum, candy, pasta, and tea. But what is it exactly? Don’t feel ashamed, I also blindly consume trendy health food items and always plan to look up what it is after I shove said item into face…
Somewhat shockingly, my favorite source of info
Fox News Wikipedia tells me that spirulina is in fact made from two species of edible blue green algae Arthrospira platensis and Arthrospira maxima. Spirulina has been used as a food sources by the Aztecs up to the 16th century, and it is used in Chad, Africa as a base for broths. Algae…hmm.
These bacteria are commonly found floating on the tops of alkaline water sources in warmer climates in Asia, Central America, and Asia. Due to popular demand as a nutritional booster, most spirulina found today is cultivated on spirulina farms (think: huge lake full of happy spirulina!).
The nutritional content of this miracle supplement is mind blowing. Not only is it packed full of vitamins, minerals, carotenoids (like beta-carotene!), and potent anti-inflammatory agents like Phycocyanobilin, it is also a complete protein providing all the essential amino acids. In fact spirulina is made up of 50-70% protein…compare that to 22% protein in a piece of beef! Like I said…mind blowing. Spirulina is a great protein source for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike.
Here is one quick and easy way to get your daily intake of spirulina in a delicious energy-boosting smoothie:
3 bananas (frozen or fresh)
1 cup soy, rice, almond milk
2 Tbsp Honey, Sucanat, or raw sugar
1 heaping spoon of Spirulina
additional wellness supplements (I used a multivitamin powder)
granola, raw almonds, raisins
May the Spirit of the Spirulina be with you!