What is spirulina? What are its health benefits? What can I do with it?
These are some frequently asked questions about this very dark blueish green, very powdery, very nutritious algae which is found in the superfood section of health stores and listed as an ingredient in some of our favorite juices and smoothies!
The dictionary defines it as a filamentous cyanobacteria, which is what? That’s easy, that means blue-green algae made of filaments, as in fine threads. It is found in salt and fresh water lakes, mostly in tropical and sub-tropical areas of the world, and chlorophyll content gives spirulina it’s dramatic deep blue-green hue.
Health benefits of spirulina derive from the fact that even in super small quantities, it is extra nutritious and very high in protein, with all essential amino acids. It has a plethora of B vitamins and beta carotene, as well as other minerals, and easily bioavailable iron content. Our friends at Nuts.com have put together this infographic to highlight its top benefits, as well as an impressive line of spirulina products, to make spirulina and easy and appealing addition to your diet.
Also available in capsule form, spirulina can also be enjoyed in multiple ways. While it can be sprinkled on popcorn, a salad, or baked potato, or blended into guacamole, it is more commonly featured in juices and smoothies. Try this apple based juice recipe to give spirulina a go! Recipe courtesy of www.veganfusion.com
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Number of servings:
½ cup cilantro
2 cups chopped green apple
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
½ cup coconut water
1/2 teaspoon spirulina
Pinch sea salt
Place the cilantro, then apples through a juicer. Add the coconut water, lime juice, spirulina, and salt. Stir well before serving.