good morning, friends!
i’m taking this monday by storm – it’s only 8:15 and i’ve already checked several things off of my to-do list for the day!
today i wanted to talk about one of my newest co-op finds that i’ve really been loving…spirulina!
spirulina is a form of algae that is available as a supplement. you can get it in powder form or in a tablet pill. i found a container of powder spirulina in the bulk section of the co-op the last time i was there, so i filled up a little bag of it and have been adding it to my green smoothies for the past week!
spirulina is a complete protein because it contains all essential amino acids. it is also a source of zinc, copper, iron, selenium, beta-carotene, vitamin e, and some b vitamins. it is believed that spirulina can boost immune function, protect against allergic reactions, and have antiviral properties, although these claims haven’t been verified by research.
although it hasn’t been shown to be unsafe, because there hasn’t been much peer-reviewed research on spirulina, it’s not recommended for consumption by children. also, remember that it is important to talk to a doctor or nutritionist before beginning any supplementation.
i use spirulina because i appreciate the extra boost of nutrients it adds to my smoothies.
plus, it makes them so green!
this smoothie included:
- a banana (frozen ahead of time into chunks)
- a big handful of spinach (~1.5 cups)
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- ~1 tbsp spirulina
- ~1 tbsp chia seeds
i’ve been drinking these for breakfast every couple days & am loving the variety they add to my breakfasts.
*i found most of my information on spirulina here.
i’m working from home today so i’m excited to get a ton accomplished! i’ve got a mile-long list to tackle, but i’m feeling momentum from starting my day off on such a productive note, so i’m going to keep riding that feeling.
have a great monday!
have you tried spirulina before?
what is your favorite thing to add to smoothies?
i don’t like adding ice to my smoothies (i think it’s because my magic bullet isn’t very good at pulverizing it, so i get ice chunks whenever i use it), so i always add some kind of frozen fruit. i like freezing bananas anytime i have some left from the previous week on grocery shopping day. that way i just grab a couple pieces from the freezer and there is no need for ice!Pin It