Spirulina is something I have been wanting to try for ages. I hear so many health and fitness bloggers raving about it and it makes the prettiest smoothies! I was recently sent the Prairie Naturals Organic Spirulina* which has been really fun to play around with. It’s a great vegan protein source and is soy-free, which is important to me. This superfood concentrate has tons of great nutritional benefits and I’ve really enjoyed playing around with it. It makes a great addition to smoothies, though I’ve seen recipes where people have baked with it too which I’d like to try!
Whether you’re new to spirulina or not, here are 4 incredible benefits it offers as well as a smoothie recipe I have been loving lately:
Spirulina is the Most Nutrient Dense Food in the World
Spirulina is a complete source of protein and has an amount comparable to eggs. The superfood also contains iron, calcium, vitamin E, vitamin C, magnesium, and vitamin B1. As a vegan, these nutrients are super important now that I’m not eating meat and spirulina is an easy way to get them!
Spirulina is a Great Anti-Inflammatory
Spirulina contains phycocyanin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It also contains the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA) which offers additional anti-inflammatory properties. GLA isn’t commonly found in food sources and is actually created by your body so it’s great that spirulina is an easy way to increase this!
Spirulina Can Help with Allergies
Spirulina may help with seasonal allergies too! It’s too early in the year for me to know yet, but I’m excited about the possibility! Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, spirulina can help ease symptoms of nasal congestion. It can also help reduce sneezing and itching too!
Spirulina Burns Fat
Spirulina is known for increasing fat burning while you exercise, which is great for me! It reduces oxidation that causes muscle fatigue so you’re able to exercise without tiring out quite as fast.
Spirulina Smoothie Recipe
This smoothie recipe is super easy to whip up and makes a great breakfast! It’s filling enough and gives me a boost of energy that I often need in the morning. Here is how I make it:
- 1 banana
- 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 cup cashew milk
- 1 cup spinach
- 1 tsp spirulina
- Throw all the ingredients into a blender and blend until you achieve your desired texture
Have you tried spirulina before? What do you think of it? If you have any recipes using spirulina, leave them down below for me as I would love to try them out!