What does spirulina taste like? That’s the first question I get asked often by people interested in this superfood.
Being a microalgae, its aroma and flavor are strong due to its high concentration of proteins, iron, and other nutrients.
However, if properly combined with other natural foods, both its aroma and flavor may be neutralized. Besides its therapeutic properties, spirulina benefits are vast.
Another important factor about this type of algae lies in its ability to capture solar energy.
Therefore, special boats must be preserved to protect it from natural light, thus preventing it from losing the properties absorbed for so long during cultivation.
In addition, since the discovery of its nutrients, the NASA introduced it as a superfood in astronaut’s diets.
What is spirulina good for?
It’s a best seller in any diet store or supermarket, sold in the form of powder or green pills.
Likewise, it’s rich in zinc and has between 50/70% protein, which clearly exceeds the proportion of other foods such as fish or meat.
It provides 11% of the recommended daily amount of iron, 21% of copper, and 15% of vitamin B12.
The number of calories it provides is scarce, only 20 calories. Spirulina is rich in calcium; it actually has more calcium content than milk.
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Other important components are antioxidant substances that help the immune system to protect itself from oxidative damage. Phycocyanin is the substance that gives its green color.
Spirulina provides benefits for eye health; it has retinol (vitamin A), an important vitamin for the visual system’s proper functioning.
Spirulina and its benefits
Spirulina is a microalga from the green-bluish family. A source of high-quality protein with incredible properties that:
- Regenerates, purifies, and styles the organism. Helping to improve health naturally. In addition, it is a freshwater algae, therefore, spirulina is completely salt and iodine free
- Powerful antioxidant due to its intense green color, indicative of high chlorophyll amounts
- Provides extra energy; therefore, helps combat daily fatigue
- Improves anxiety symptoms
- Regulates muscle strength
- Strengthens defenses due to the action of beta-carotenes in the immune system
- Supports weight loss by controlling your appetite due to its mucilages, thus, satiating hunger
- Ideal as a multi-vitamin and mineral supplement for athletes
- Maintains blood glucose levels stable, because of its rich complex carbohydrates, suitable for diabetics
- Rich in calcium, preventing bone wear by continuous physical exercise
- It’s one of the few options within the plant world, which contains a good natural source of vitamin B12
- Also contains iron, as well as vitamin C for its absorption
- Complete proteins, meaning, it has all the amino acids in the chain in their required quantities
- It’s a good intestinal regulator since it’s rich in fiber
- Helps to reduce the risk of heart attacks
- Activates the mind and focus, due to its positive influence on the nervous system
- Contains essential fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6
- Purifies the body and eliminates accumulated toxins
- Promotes healthier hair, nails, and skin
- Very suitable for vegetarians and vegans, thanks to its high protein concentration.
- Protects against all types of radiation
- It regenerates the internal mucous membranes of the organism: gastric, buccal, nasal, and intestinal
- Anti-inflammatory properties, ideal in cases of arthritis and various degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis
All the nutritional characteristics of spirulina have made it a superfood recognized by the United Nations for helping with malnutrition and other health problems such as anemia.
How to include spirulina to your meals
One easy way to get the spirulina benefits and incorporate it into your diet is by using it as seasoning powder. This way, you can naturally season your favorite meals.
Spirulina can be supplied in capsules and/or tablets. In seasoning powder, ideal for adding it, as we have said before, to your favorite dishes and desserts.
Keep in mind that children can safely ingest it over 2 years of age. This is due to its “friendly” health benefits.
As for the recommended daily amount: it is 3 to 5 grams, in relation to your weight.
On the one hand, if you intend to lose weight, this amount is equivalent to a small spoonful spirulina powder of 10 tablets of 500mg.
Now that you know what spirulina tastes like, let’s try some fun recipes!
Green shake: Perfect for breakfast
- 1 tablespoon spirulina powder
- 1 handful of raw spinach
- 2 pieces of fruit (apple, pear, strawberry or banana)
- Ground dried fruits (almonds, hazelnuts or walnuts)
- Dried fruits (dates, figs, dried apricots, coconut)
- 1 glass of your preferred beverage (orange juice, water, non-dairy milk)
- Natural sweetener to taste (agave syrup, stevia, honey)
- 1 tablespoon of flaxseed or sesame oil
Mix all the ingredients in a blender until you achieve a nice smooth texture and serve. Enjoy!
Banana and Spirulina bowl
- 1 fresh banana
- 4 frozen bananas
- 180 milliliters of plant milk (coconut is a great option)
- 1 teaspoon of spirulina powder
- Optional: 2 teaspoons of maple syrup
- Toasted almond butter
- Sliced strawberries
- Pieces of passion fruit
- Coconut flakes
- Fresh mint leaves
Slice bananas into pieces and place them in the blender or food processor. Mix until you get a dense paste.
With the blender still running, add the milk slowly. Then add the spirulina and mix until it is well blended with the banana.
Serve in a bowl and garnish with the rest of the ingredients.
Spirulina and lemon popsicles
- 1 cup frozen walnut milk cubes
- 1 cup coconut water
- ½ cup water
- 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
- 2 teaspoons of lime juice
- 1/8 cup maple syrup
- 2-3 teaspoons of spirulina powder (you can use more, but the more powder, the more bitterness, so you should taste the mixture at all times)
Put all the ingredients in the blender. Taste constantly to verify that the mixture is not too bitter or too sweet. If it is too bitter, you can add more maple syrup or lemon juice.
Pour the mixture into popsicle molds.
To remove the popsicles, fill a bowl with hot water. Now sink the molds in the hot water; make sure the water doesn’t touch the popsicles, only the mold.
Leave 10 seconds and remove. Repeat the process until all the ice pops have come out.
Now place them on individual parchment paper and put in the freezer.
First of all, spirulina is a food, not a drug. Its consumption is safe in the appropriate doses, and no serious adverse effects have been scientifically proven.
However, side effects may occur, such as skin rash, thirst, constipation and upset stomach.
Also, spirulina consumption may interact with medications, altering their effectiveness.
Those who plan to take this alga while taking any medication are advised to consult their doctor or pharmacist beforehand.
Remember that people with body imbalances and/or in special situations such as pregnancy should ALWAYS consult a doctor before ingesting any amount of spirulina.
A word of caution
- Those who take medications that may increase the risk of bleeding
- Pregnant women or breastfeeding children
- People who suffer from hyperuricemia, hyperthyroidism, phenylketonuria, or certain liver diseases and autoimmune pathologies
People included in this list should avoid consuming spirulina