Super Food Smoothie Saturday: Spirulina

by Melissa West on June 15, 2013

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Today we will make a Super Food Smoothie with Spirulina.


Spirulina-SmoothieSpirulina, like chorella  is a single-celled green-algae. It boasts 60-70% protein, all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids and an abundance of vitamins, minerals and enzymes. You can see from its rich dark green colour that it is loaded with chlorophyll – so this is another great way to get your greens!

Spirulina is known to be a powerful antioxidant, boost your immune system, is antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. It is also supposed to be good to help lower heavy-metal toxicity in your body. Spirulina is highly absorbable, your body can assimilate 90-100% of the spirulina it takes in.

Spirulina contains the blue pigment – which is why it is referred to as blue-green algae – making it a blood-building antioxidant. Spirulina contains an important omega 6 called GLA (gamma-linolenic acid). Web MD says that Gamma linolenic acid (GLA) is used for conditions that affect the skin including systemic sclerosis, psoriasis, and eczema. It is also used for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), heart disease, metabolic syndrome (Syndrome-X), diabetic nerve pain, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and hay fever (allergic rhinitis). How does it work? Gamma linolenic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid, which the body can convert to substances that reduce inflammation and cell growth.

Superfood Spirulina Smoothie Recipe

1 banana (if you can’t have banana substitute mango or papaya)
2 mejool dates to sweeten (spirulina is bitter! if you can’t have dates you could sweeten with agave or maple syrup)
4 Apricots
1 cup of leafy greens (kale, spinach, bok choy – whatever looks good or is fresh!)
1 tsp. Spirulina
1-2 cups of non-dairy milk (we’re using home-made hazlenut milk in today’s video)

 

 

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