Superfoods are certainly becoming more and more popular, mainly due to their nutrient dense properties but also because they are exotic, fun and inspiring. Making a smoothie bowl gives you the opportunity to get creative with your health foods, try doing that with a salad. Out of all Superfoods, probably one of the most underrated is Spirulina which is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Granted, it’s not as sexy as Acai but you can still make a delicious smoothie with it. Let’s look at the benefits of Spirulina plus a simple recipe that will give you another great option for enjoying this fantastic Superfood.
Spirulina was first used by the Aztecs and is an algae which grows in lakes around the world. It is highly nutritious with over 100 nutrients, is full of amino acids and antioxidants, phyto-nutrients and is 70% protein, 2-3 times the amount of protein contained in fish or meat. It also has an iron content 60 times greater than spinach and is also high in vitamin B12. Simply put, Spirulina is the densest nutrient food on the planet. Check out these four amazing health benefits:
As Spirulina is so high in protein it is very satiating, meaning that you feel fuller for longer, a great way to reduce those feelings of hunger and stop you being tempted by all those naught treats. On top of this it’s high nutrient content means that you will be getting a huge hit of goodness at the same time.
Reduce Blood Pressure
Researchers in Japan have found that blue-green algae (Spirulina) has the effect of reducing blood pressure due to the presence of the pigment phycocyanin, which means that long term effects may include reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
A study in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology demonstrated a reduction in cholesterol in a group of rabbits when they were fed Spirulina over a period of eight weeks. It showed that LDL cholesterol reduced by 41% over that period suggesting strong evidence of the beneficial effects of Spirulina.
The Perfect Gym Supplement
A high protein diet is great for building those muscles and Spirulina can work as an excellent workout supplement. It is also great at boosting energy, and works as an anti-inflammatory, perfect for helping you through and after those heavy gym sessions.
If you want to get some Spirulina in your diet you can take it just mixed in with water or you can incorporate it in to smoothies or a variety of recipes. Here’s a simple one to get you started:
Spirulina and Flaxseed Brownies
1 Cup Flaxseed
1 Cup Cashews / Almonds combined
2 Teaspoon La Kult Organic Spirulina
1 Teaspoon organic coconut sugar
¾ Cup almond milk
½ Cup almond meal
½ teaspoon baking soda
Blend then put on to a baking tray and bake at 180C for 15 minutes.
Check out our Australian Certified Organic Spirulina, available in both 150g and 250g resealable packages: