The smoothie flavor of the week has been a superfood blend including hemp seeds, chia seeds and spirulina. Spirulina…aka Pond Scum. Yes, that’s right, we are drinking pond scum and loving it!
Spirulina is similar to seaweed but it is classified as a “blue-green cyanobacteria.” Spirulina uses chlorophyll the same way as plants, to harness the sun’s rays for energy. It has been endorsed by the World Health Organization and has been deemed as one of the most nutritious food sources on the planet. Like quinoa, it contains all essential amino acids and is a vegan source of protein. High in minerals, iodine, B vitamins, fatty acids and calcium it is said to boost immunity, prevent disease and may reduce allergy symptoms.
As with all supplements, I am hesitant to buy into the hype. However, I have noticed a boost of energy since adding spirulina powder to my morning smoothie. I must say, if you have chronic medical issues or are on medications do not add supplements to your daily routine without checking with your doc first! Spirulina is not recommended for those with auto-immune diseases such as MS or rheumatoid arthritis. For more info click here.
The Green Pineapple
2 cups coconut water (water or non-dairy milk would work well too!)
1 cup baby spinach
1-2 cups frozen pineapple
1 ripe banana
3 pitted dates
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2 tablepoons hemp seeds
½ teaspoon – 1 teaspoon high quality spirulina powder
~this recipe is great without spirulina as well!~
it tastes a lot better than it looks!
What’s your take on using spirulina?