There are many ways to use spirulina other than just adding it to smoothies (although that’s one of our favorites!). This blue green algae superfood provides all nine essential amino acids, making it an excellent complete protein source. Loaded with antioxidants, iron, and vitamins A through E, spirulina really is a superfood superstar. Here are a handful of delicious ways you can use it!
1) Ice Cream
Who knew you could make your favorite creamy frozen treat with spirulina? Created by a Registered Dietitian, this spirulina ice cream recipe is made from coconut milk, cacao nibs, agave syrup, and a touch of spirulina for a gorgeous green vegan dessert. You could even add mint extract for mint cacao chip ice cream.
It’s avocado season, so take advantage of this creamy superfood by making your own fresh guacamole at home. Avocados are already power-packed with vitamins, minerals and healthy fats, so adding a dash of spirulina will supercharge your party dip with even more nutrients. Use 2 teaspoons of spirulina per avocado in your recipe. Prepare the guacamole as you normally would, and then sprinkle in the spirulina along with the other spices.
3) Salad Dressing
“Eat your greens” takes on a whole new meaning when you add spirulina right to the dressing! Prepare a simple vinaigrette with olive oil and vinegar, and use 1 teaspoon of spirulina powder for each tablespoon of olive oil. Shake it up! You can even add spirulina to ready-made dressings, or simply sprinkle it over your salads before serving.
4) Power Cookies
Thought that you couldn’t eat healthy and have your cookies, too? Well, you can have the best of both worlds with Jenny Sansouci’s recipe for spirulina power cookies. Jenny’s blog Healthy Crush inspires people to live better, and eating a sweet treat while getting a health boost from superfoods like spirulina, mulberries, and goji berries sounds fine by us!
This spirulina millet recipe from Gena of Choosing Raw goes to show just how versatile the blue green algae can be. Even Gena had her doubts about spirulina millet at the first place she tried it, but she was pleasantly surprised by how absolutely delicious it is. If you’re skeptical about trying spirulina for the first time, this recipe could be the one that changes your mind. As she mentions, you could even make it with brown rice or quinoa.
6) Green Burritos
Tender Branson of Write.Click.Cook.Listen went on a mission to make spirulina less intimidating. He achieved his goal with this flavorful and delicious green burritos recipe. Spirulina gives his vegan burritos a boost of complete protein. Your taste buds will be in for a whirlwind of yummy flavors from edamame, walnuts, avocado, salsa and spices.
Perhaps the most simple and refreshing way to use spirulina is to add it to your smoothie. For a basic smoothie, follow this simple formula: combine 1 cup liquid (e.g. water, juice, or milk), 1 cup leafy greens, 1 cup frozen fruit, and 2 teaspoons spirulina to a blender. Blend until smooth, and enjoy! Spirulina gives smoothies superpowers.
What are your favorite ways to use spirulina? Which one of these suggestions sounds the most interesting to you?