Happy Sunday everybody! Let’s talk Spirulina!
Like Chia Seeds, this week’s Superfood was a staple source of protein among ancient Aztec and African populations and it is so easy to add to your diet on a daily basis with a smoothie! Spirulina is another hugely popular Superfood of 2016!
It has AMAZING health benefits thanks to its powerful blend of vitamins and minerals which can help to ward of serious diseases, boost your energy, and effectively remove toxins from the body
If you happen to be vegan or vegetarian this could be a great way to add more plant based protein into your diet because according to this site “gram for gram it offers almost three times more protein than a flank steak” it’s also a complete protein
“Protein helps us stay lean by building up our muscles, upping our metabolism and making us feel full longer (bye, snacking!).
Even a single ounce of dried Spirulina powder sprinkled into a shake or smoothie delivers 16 grams of complete protein—containing every essential amino acid you need for optimal health.
That’s more than a third of the protein you need every day—with none of the artery-clogging cholesterol you get when you opt for an animal source of complete protein like red meat”
Spirulina is an AMAZING source of Natural Energy!
“Spirulina offers lots of iron, which helps your body use the oxygen you breathe in to support pretty much every function of the body. Feeling sluggish during workouts? Increased dietary iron might give you the boost you need.
The plant is also an excellent source of vitamin B1 and B2, both of which play an important role in how your body metabolizes energy from carbohydrates.
Plus, when the Spirulina is dried properly, the resulting powder retains the vast majority of these important nutrients, unlike most produce, which starts losing vitamins and minerals as soon as they’re picked from the earth. Mid-day slump? Ditch the chocolate chip muffin and down a Spirulina shake instead. No sugar crash required” source
What the Heck is Spirulina and Why Should You Buy It?
Spirulina is a form of blue green algae that comes from warm fresh water bodies
- Reduce Your Risk of Cancer! Prevention is where it’s at and Spirulina has been proven to help inhibit the growth of cancer cells, and prevent cancer from occurring.
- Gut Health! It’s can help to keep your to gut in check! Super important as it helps to support the growth of bacterial flora in your gut which can help to keep things like candida and other annoying gastrointestinal issues under control
- Detoxing! Spirulina is a powerful detoxing superfood and can help rid your body of toxic build up and heavy metals, but it is powerful so it is best to start with a smaller dose and build your way up to avoid a big detox. source
- Speeds up Weight Loss! Diets high in nutrient-dense protein-rich foods like Spirulina promote weight loss and low-fat stores through a variety of mechanisms. Because it takes more energy to metabolize, eating protein helps maintain lean tissue and contributes to overall fat burning.
Anti Aging! Due to its high anti oxidant content it provides anti aging benefits, it boosts your immune system it can guard against harmful compounds that can age your skin prematurely. Spirulina can also help stimulate skin rejuvenation and cell growth which helps to heal and illuminate the skin leaving it youthful and glowing.
Some Other AMAZING Spirulina Benefits!
According to this site
60% protein and an excellent source of vitamins A, K1, K2, B12 and iron, manganese and chromium
A rich source of health-giving phytonutrients such as carotenoids, GLA, SOD and phycocyanin
2800% more beta-carotene than carrots
3900% more iron than spinach
600% more protein than tofu
280% more antioxidants than blueberries
Spirulina is a powerhouse of important vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and so much more!
My favorite way to get my daily intake of Spirulina and some of my other favorite Supefoods like Chia Seeds, is in the form of a smoothie! I introduce to you the Spirulina Sexy Kitten Smoothie!
1 Cup of Vanilla Almond Milk
1 Frozen Banana
1/2 a Cup of Frozen Strawberries
1 Tsp. of Honey
2 Tsp. of Spirulina Powder
1 Tbsp. of Chia Seeds
1 Cup of Kale
Blend until smooth, preferably in a Vitamix and drink cold.
These are my favorite glasses to drink these Superfood smoothies
By incorporating Superfoods like Spirulina into your diet you can not only improve your overall health and turn your body into a fat burning machine!
It is chock- full of protein, and because protein takes more energy to digest it keeps your metabolism revved up all day helping your body burn more fat!
In addition to fat burning, the algae can also help to stop your sugar cravings in its tracks!
Happy Memorial Day weekend everybody, if you have any Superfood recommendations for me I would love to hear them!