What do you know about spirulina? Our health coach, Safia, is a big fan and has a few things to share with us.
As you know, maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle requires good sleep, healthy nutrition, and some super ingredients here and there. One of my personal favorites is spirulina. It’s a superfood that, in addition to offering endless health benefits, helps with muscle recovery and reducing inflammation in the body. I use a dash almost every day in my smoothies to boost my immune system, load up on protein, and to take advantage of all it’s benefits.
What is spirulina?
Also known as blue-green algae, spirulina is a bacteria that has been used for over 5000 years by the Aztecs. Considered the queen of sea veggies, spirulina is particularly loved by athletes with demanding fitness training routines, as it can increase performance, strength, speed and endurance. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals that, when combined, increase your level of energy, while helping you detox.
What’s it good for?
- Spirulina is one of the best sources of protein. It contains all essential amino acids in as easy-to-digest form, offering the body three times more complete protein than any other plant or animal protein.
- It’s great for intense workouts. Spirulina will significantly boost your energy while helping you build strength, and help you recover post-workout by supporting muscle repair and reducing inflammation. Instead of a coffee to pick you up in the afternoon, try a green juice with a dash of spirulina for an instant boost!
- It promotes healthy digestion. It’s also a great source of iron (better than spinach and red meat), B-12, enzymes, probiotics, and healthy fats.
- Spirulina supports the immune system. It boosts your immunity, and helps alkalize your body. It might also have the potential to decrease the growth of cancer cells, by boosting the creation of antibodies.
How you can use it?
Add a dash of Spirulina to your fruit of green smoothies, sprinkle it on your quinoa salads, add it to your homemade cakes or take it as a supplement. I love using it in this smoothie.
Spirulina & Berry Smoothie
1 banana, broken into pieces
Handful of frozen spinach
2 handfuls frozen mixed berries
1 tsp spirulina powder
1 tsp coconut butter (optional)
1Tbsp almond butter
1Tbsp Hemp shells
1/2 pint unsweetened almond milk or oat milk
1. Place all the ingredients together into your blender and liquidise. Enjoy and feel rejuvenated!