Spirulina has a high amount of nutrients that your body needs to power through life. It contains antioxidants and acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory but it’s a little off-putting. It’s technically considered an alga and comes hand and hand with an earthy taste that can take some getting used to.
It also dyes any food ingredients (and your teeth) a strange shade of blue-green. So, how do you make a good spirulina recipe if it’s so hard to get used to? We’re about to tell you how.
Check out this guide to find out how you can include this helpful supplement in a few of your favorite dishes.
1. Ice Cream
Everyone loves ice cream. It makes a great comfort food and can cool you off on a hot day. Actually… we’re pretty sure there’s no inappropriate time for this tasty cool treat and it’s not too hard to make yourself right at home.
Since there are so many spirulina health benefits, you can throw the powder into your ice cream recipe to have all the delicious sweetness with none of the guilt. To get started you’ll need 14 oz of full-fat coconut milk, a tsp of spirulina, 1/4 cup of agave or maple syrup (whichever you have on hand), and a tablespoon of cacao nibs.
Throw all the ingredients into a blender except for the cacao nibs. They’ll be added in later. Run the blender until everything is good and combined and pour it into a container that will fit in your freezer.
Give your ice cream about 3 hours to take shape and freeze before you take it out, throw the nibs on it, serve, and reap all the frozen spirulina benefits. We will say that you’ll need to leave the ice cream out on your counter for a few minutes to thaw. If you don’t it will be really hard to get out with your scoop.
Avocados pack a ton of benefits and they taste great. That’s why guacamole is such a great snack for get-togethers and sports days. Why not add on to the healthiness factor by throwing spirulina into the mix?
Chop up all your veggies and peel and mash the avocados like you normally would. The only difference is that you’re going to add 2 teaspoons of spirulina for every avocado that you use.
Put it on the snack table and let everyone dig in. Your guests won’t be able to tell that the powder is there unless you tell them it’s there.
Any spirulina recipes that involve other tasty greens are the perfect thing to keep your body in tip-top shape. In this case, we’re talking about salad. You can make an easy dressing by combing spirulina and olive oil.
If you don’t have olive oil on hand you can get the same sort of effect by putting the powder in one of your other favorite dressings and shaking the bottle. You can also cut out the middle man and sprinkle the powder over your salad without adding it to a dressing. Whatever is easiest for you.
The fun thing about these cookies is that the blue-green color of the spirulina almost gives them a Christmassy look. So, they make an awesome holiday treat that your kids can leave out for Santa.
To prepare the cookies you’ll need to grab 2 cups of almond flour, 1/4 cup of honey, 1/4 cup of butter or coconut oil, 1 tablespoon of vanilla, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, 2 teaspoons of spirulina, 1/4 teaspoon of sea salt, 1 tablespoon of goji berries, 2 tablespoons of mulberries, and a tablespoon of chia seeds.
Throw all the ingredients except for the spirulina, berries, and chia seeds into a food processor and run the machine until you’ve got a nice cookie dough going on. Put the dough into a bowl and add the spirulina powder.
We said that you would need two teaspoons of the powder but you may end up using a little less. You only want to have enough to get the spirulina benefits and make the dough that Christmassy green color. You don’t want the earthy taste to be too strong.
Once the powder is mixed in, you can throw in the berries and chia seeds. Grease a baking sheet with either the butter or coconut oil before you spoon the dough onto it. Pop your cookies into an oven that’s been preheated to 350 degrees and leave them in for around ten minutes.
One most classic ways to include spirulina into your diet is by putting it in your morning smoothie. The first step to making any good smoothie is to pick a liquid. Most people use milk, juice, or even water.
After that choose a veggie or veggies that you want to use and grab a cup of your favorite fruit. Put 2 teaspoons of spirulina into the blender and blend everything until it’s at your desired thickness. Pour your smoothie into a cup and head out with your yummy, energy-giving breakfast.
Use an Awesome Spirulina Recipe that Everyone will Love
Spirulina powder has a ton of health benefits but due to its off-putting color and earthy taste, many people elect not to use it. Being healthy doesn’t have to taste disgusting though.
It’s not too hard to find a spirulina recipe that will allow you to reap all the benefits without having to deal with the flavor. If you can still taste the powder in any of these recipes there are always supplements you can take too. Don’t let your taste buds keep you away from wellness.
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