Spotlight on Spirulina
- Eat it
- Drink It
- Roll in it
- All of the above
No matter what your method, preferably all of the above, find a way to incorporate Spirulina into your daily routine. This superfood blue-green algae is a versatile, nutrient- rich protein source that can be used in a plethora of ways both in and on your body!
Initially, I found this fine, earthy smelling, deep green powder pretty intimidating, but I knew the health benefits outweighed the fear factor. Through a bit of trial and error, I found ways to get about 2-6 teaspoons of powder into my daily diet.
Here are some of my favorites:
Creamy drink: 8 oz almond milk , ½ tsp SunFresh Spirulina Powder, 1 tsp agave ...blend with a milk frother or shake vigorously. Makes a low calorie (about 60), filling snack.
Protein shake: 10 oz liquid of choice, 2 scoops of protein powder, 1 tsp Sunfresh Spirulina Powder, half a banana, handful of ice....blend.
Protein balls: 1C oats, ½ C honey, ½C nut butter, 1C shredded coconut,2 scoops protein powder, 1Tbl SunFresh Spirulina...combine all ingredients, roll into balls and refrigerate.
For easy everyday consumption; sprinkle spirulina on freshly popped popcorn, add ¼ tsp to homemade vinaigrette for salads, add 1 Tbl into a batch of turkey chili (beware the color can be scary!), sprinkle on roasted veggies, combine panko, spirulina and other spices to make a coating for chicken tenders or fish tacos. The possibilities are endless! SunFresh’s CrunchLina Spirulina Snack Clusters can be added to fruit with a drizzle of maple syrup, mixed into yogurt and salads, or just by the handful!
Spirulina is also great for the skin:
Body scrub: ½ cup grapeseed oil, 1 cup superfine sugar, 1 tsp of SunFresh Spirulina, 10 drops of calming blend essential oil. Mix and pour into a mason jar. Use a small scoop for body and/or hands.
Face Mask: 1/2 tsp SunFresh Spirulina powder, 1/2 tsp raw honey, 1/2 tsp plain unsweetened yogurt. Make a paste and smear on face...rinse with warm water.
Finally, I wouldn’t deprive my fur babies of the benefits of this superfood! I sprinkle about ¼ tsp of spirulina onto my dogs’ food at each feeding (I have 60 lb dogs). I also make homemade dog biscuits incorporating up to a Tbl of spirulina powder into whatever recipe I use.
Bottom line....finding easy ways to get this protein packed, vitamin rich, antioxidant loaded superfood into and onto your body will be worth it!!!
Comments about the author: Julie S. (MA) has been an avid fan of Spirulina for many years and was introduced to SunFresh’s CrunchLina Snack Cluster while on the beach in Narragansett, RI. She has switched to SunFresh Spirulina Powder after learning of the grow and low temperature dry process which protects the amino acids and nutrients.