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Unlock Limitless Energy with this Ancient Superfood.

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

Unlock Limitless Energy with This Ancient Superfood!

In today's fast-paced world, we're all searching for that special ingredient to supercharge our energy, improve our health, and keep us vibrant. Fortunately, Mother Nature has been harboring a secret superfood, long-revered by ancient civilizations and only now making its grand entrance into modern wellness circles. Ready for the big reveal?

Spirulina smoothie.
Spirulina Smoothie

The Superfood: Spirulina

Dive into this blue-green algae, which isn't just a food for thought but also for your body! Spirulina (Arthrospira) is a unicellular alga - a cyanobacterium that can be used as food for human and animal consumption.

  1. The Ultimate Protein Source: With 60% protein content, spirulina stands out among plant-based sources, making it a must-have for vegetarians and vegans. It boasts all essential amino acids for muscle repair, growth, and overall bodily functions.

  2. A Treasure Trove of Nutrients: You name it, spirulina probably has it - Iron, B vitamins and vitamin E to name a few. It's also incredibly rich in antioxidants, which combat free radicals and protect our cells from damage.

  3. Detox Like Never Before: Spirulina is known for its chlorophyll content, which assists in removing toxins from the blood, boosting energy, and supporting the immune system.

  4. Heart Health Hero: Studies suggest that spirulina can regulate blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and improve blood lipid profiles, contributing to overall heart health.

  5. Treatment of Disease: Spirulina was shown to be effective in treating various types of allergies, cancers liver conditions, anemia, cardiovascular diseases, viral infections, high blood glucose, high hyperglycemia, elevated lipids in the blood, immunodeficiency, and inflammatory illnesses [1], and overall brain health and memory. [2]

Incorporating Spirulina superfood into Your Diet:

Adding spirulina to a superfood smoothie will boost the health benefits.
Blackberry and Spirulina Smoothie

A. Spirulina Smoothie: Blend a teaspoon of spirulina powder with bananas, spinach, almond milk, and a touch of honey for a nutrient-packed start to your day.

Recipe:

This smoothie blends the nutrient-packed spirulina with refreshing fruits and creamy ingredients, making for a delicious and energizing beverage.

Ingredients:

1-2 tsp spirulina powder (adjust based on preference)

1 ripe banana

1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (or any other berry of your choice)

1/2 cup spinach or kale (optional, for an extra green boost)

1 cup almond milk (or any other milk of choice)

1 tbsp chia seeds or flaxseeds (for added nutrition)

1 tsp honey or maple syrup (adjust for sweetness)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

A few ice cubes (especially if you're using fresh fruit)

A pinch of salt (to balance flavors)

Instructions:

  1. Blend the Base: In a high-speed blender, combine the banana, blueberries, spinach or kale (if using), and almond milk. Blend until smooth.

  2. Add Spirulina: Add spirulina powder to the blender. Start with a smaller amount and add more if desired, depending on your flavor preference.

  3. Add Extras: Incorporate chia seeds or flaxseeds, honey (or maple syrup), vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt. Blend again to combine.

  4. Ice it Up: If you want a colder, more refreshing smoothie, add some ice cubes and blend until smooth.

  5. Serve: Pour your spirulina smoothie into a glass and enjoy immediately!

Optional Toppings: You can garnish your smoothie with some toppings if you'd like. For extra flavor and texture, consider coconut flakes, cacao nibs, granola, or sliced fruits.

B. Sprinkle on Salads: Sprinkling spirulina powder adds a vibrant hue and nutrient boost to your salads.

C. Spirulina Energy Bites: Combine nuts, dates, coconut, and spirulina to make delicious energy balls. Perfect for an on-the-go snack!

Recipe:

These energy bites combine the superfood power of spirulina with the natural sweetness of dates and the richness of nuts, creating a nutritious and delicious snack that's perfect for a quick energy boost.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted

  2. 1/2 cup almonds (or any other preferred nut like cashews or walnuts)

  3. 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut

  4. 1-2 tbsp spirulina powder (adjust based on preference)

  5. 1 tbsp chia seeds

  6. 1 tbsp flax seeds

  7. 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup

  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract

  9. A pinch of salt

Optional Add-ins:

  1. 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips or cacao nibs

  2. 1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins

  3. A sprinkle of coconut or cocoa powder for rolling

Instructions:

  1. Preparation: If your dates are dry or hard, you can soak them in warm water for about 10 minutes, then drain well. This will make them easier to blend.

  2. Blend: In a food processor, combine the dates and nuts. Blend until they form a coarse mixture.

  3. Mix: Add in the shredded coconut, spirulina, chia seeds, flax seeds, honey (or maple syrup), vanilla extract, and salt. Blend again until the mixture starts to come together.

  4. Optional Add-ins: If you add chocolate chips, dried fruit, or other ingredients, stir them into the mixture now.

  5. Form the Bites: Using your hands, spoon the mixture and roll it into a ball. Depending on your preferred size, the mixture should yield around 12-15 energy bites.

  6. Coat (Optional): If desired, you can roll the formed energy bites in shredded coconut or cocoa powder for an extra layer of flavor and texture.

  7. Chill: Place the energy bites on a tray or plate lined with parchment paper and refrigerate for at least an hour to set. Once set, they can be transferred to an airtight container.

  8. Store: Keep the energy bites stored in the refrigerator. They should last for up to a week, but considering their deliciousness, they might be consumed much faster!

D. Take as a Supplement:

For those who might not enjoy its distinct taste, spirulina is also available in tablet form.

Spirulina can be ground into a caplet form and taken daily.
Spirulina Supplement

Conclusion:

Spirulina is nature's answer to many modern health challenges. However, as with any supplement, moderation is key. Before diving deep into the spirulina wave, consult a healthcare professional, especially if you have existing health conditions. And remember, while spirulina is undeniably super, it works best with a balanced diet, regular exercise, and an overall healthy lifestyle.


Disclaimer: I am a scientist, not a medical doctor, and even more importantly - not your medical doctor. Always consult with a healthcare professional before introducing any supplement into your routine.


REFERENCES;

[1] Chamorro G, Salazar M, Araújo KG, dos Santos CP, Ceballos G, Castillo LF. Actualización en la farmacología de Spirulina (Arthrospira), un alimento no convencional [Update on the pharmacology of Spirulina (Arthrospira), an unconventional food]. Arch Latinoam Nutr. 2002 Sep;52(3):232-40. Spanish. PMID: 12448336.

[2] Sorrenti V, Castagna DA, Fortinguerra S, Buriani A, Scapagnini G, Willcox DC. Spirulina Microalgae and Brain Health: A Scoping Review of Experimental and Clinical Evidence. Mar Drugs. 2021 May 22;19(6):293. doi: 10.3390/md19060293. PMID: 34067317; PMCID: PMC8224803.


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