I am so obsessed with spirulina right now. It’s nutritious and it makes my smoothies look BOMB (& really good for my Instagram feed).
I was first attracted to its deep blue-green color. It actually reminds me of the color I painted my bedroom walls in high school.
So what exactly is spirulina and why is it considered a superfood?
Spirulina is an algae that can be consumed by humans and animals. I’ve seen spirulina in tablet/supplement form, as well as in a powder form.
Spirulina is a superfood because it contains all essential amino acids. It’s a good source of protein and iron, as well as other important nutrients. Vegans and vegetarians are often questioned about how we obtain protein and iron and luckily for us, spirulina is an incredibly nutritious (and delicious) way to answer that question. I highly recommend giving it a try.
I buy spirulina in a powder form from Whole Foods. I will warn you that it is pretty expensive- a bag of it can cost almost $20. This is where my favorite Whole Foods hack comes in handy: buy it from the bulk section. I buy 2 ounces of spirulina for $2-3 at a time.
So what exactly can you do with spirulina?
I like to put one tsp in my smoothies to add some extra nutrients. You can add it in smoothies, juices, energy bars, oatmeal, etc. There are endless possibilities.
Some people don’t like the taste of spirulina because it’s a very strong and bitter flavor. You have to remember it is an algae, so it’s not going to taste like strawberries. If you don’t want to add it to your smoothies and juices and risk not enjoying it, I’d suggest mixing it with a tiny bit of water and taking it as a shot.
I, personally, don’t mind the taste so I just throw it in my smoothie. I’ve found that mixing it with PB2 (powdered peanut butter) really masks the flavor.
Here’s my favorite spirulina smoothie recipe:
- 1 tsp spirulina
- 1 tsp PB2
- 3 frozen bananas
- 3 oz organic apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup plant based milk