But why eat it? It's very popular among vegetarians and vegans because it's high in protein (60-70%) and iron and contains essential fatty acids such as Omega 3's. It helps to boost cognitive function, increase energy levels, boost the immune system and help people lose weight healthily. Spirulina is also thought to lower cholesterol and help with diabetes.
Furthermore, it's been shown to help people with digestive problems such as IBS or Crones!
The only downside people have found with spirulina is that is a grassy tasting green powder. How do you make it tasty so you actually want to consume it?
You can add spirulina to all of your snacks and baking, such a cacao bliss balls, brownies, etc. You can also add spirulina to a banana and date smoothie to make it green, add it to banana icecream or add it to a chia pudding. How about trying these cacao fig and walnut bliss balls but using spirulina instead of protein powder?
Another alternative is to take spirulina tablets instead of taking the powder! I like these from Organic Burst, they're small and easy to swallow and they don't have a bad aftertaste at all. Just take them with a glass of water! I like to take the tablets as a way to boost me up especially during times of stress like exams when I might be feeling a little run down.
|Image from the Organic Burst website of the best spirulina tablets in my opinion|
Whilst I believe that a healthy diet is the best way to achieve optimum health and energy, I think spirulina is a really worthwhile supplement to take and I would definitely recommend it over a lot of other health supplements on the market which are filled with unnecessary fillers and preservatives.