Spirulina is certainly gaining popularity and over the last few years has become quite a bit more readily available and more and more people are getting involved in adding this powerful superfood to their daily lives.
We just love this stuff. Not only because of its amazing SPF qualities but let us tell you many of the great things it does for us.
First of all let us tell you what exactly it is, for those who don’t already know.
Spirulina is a single celled blue-green algae with at least 35 different varieties. It is blueish green in colour, getting the green from chlorophyll and the blue from the exotic pigment phycocyanin.
With summer just around the corner ( though weather wise it has been here for a while now!) and people spending hours and hours outside we wanted to mention the amazing SPF qualities of this superfood. Because of the high antioxidant amounts in spirulina when we ingest it daily we actually become significantly more protected from ultraviolet radiation. It is also rich in essential fatty acids which are beneficial to the skins complexion as well.
Why do we love it so much, well Spirulina happens to have the highest concentration of protein ( by weight) of any known foods. It contains between 65% and 71%, and is highly digestible and readily available to the body.
It also contains as much iron as red meat, but again is more easily absorbed. A lot of people are concerned about their protein and iron intake when they adopt and raw and or vegan diet but people can find peace of mind knowing that spirulina is just the greatest source!!
It is also a blood builder, rich in B vitamins, enzymes and phytonutrients.
Spirulina taken on a daily ( or mostly daily) basis is a powerful tonic for our immune systems as well, helping protect us from viruses etc.
It fights inflammation, can reduce certain allergy symptoms.
Spirulina is the only green food rich in the essential fatty acid known as GLA ( Gamma-Linolenic Acid). GLA helps to make our hair and skin soft, but interestingly it is one of the large components in a mother’s milk and it is very important for growth and development, and spirulina comes in second as the next highest food source of this amazing healthy and necessary fat. That being said it is a great superfood to add to your children’s diets as well.
When used in powdered form it can be easily blended into juices, smoothies or other blended foods. Add a small spoonful to blended avocado and include it it your babies meal time for mega nutrition 🙂
Spirulina is available in both powdered and tablet form. Some people just don’t take to the powdered form and would rather use it in it’s pill form , which is just fine. Though the powdered form can actually be used in various raw recipes and not only does it make the food more nutritionally dense it can enhance taste as well.
Nutritious food certainly doesn’t have to be boring or limiting, get creative and see for yourself what so many people are talking about!!
You can find both powdered and tablet form of Spirulina on our website as well as book with great recipes.
Try this simple quick and tasty high energy snack that we enjoy so much:
Always choose organic ingredients, when possible.
Optional Additions to up the yumminess factor!!
¼ cup hempseed
½ cup raw cacao powder
1-2 tbsp spirulina
3 tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 tbsp raw Agave
1 pinch celtic sea salt or Himalayan rock salt, finely ground (this is a must…the saltiness is divine)
1 vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla bean powder
2 tbsp organic nut/seed butter
2 tbsp goji berries, or raisins
2 tbsp coconut flakes
Mix all ingredients in a food processor, roll into 1” balls and freeze for 15-30 min then enjoy. Store in freezer for optimal freshness( if they last that long!!)