Do you know about spirulina? It’s a blue-green algae that grows in clean water but spirulina sounds much better. If we had titled this article “10 Recipes Using Algae,” you would probably be reading something else right now. Spirulina is considered a superfood. It is high in protein, B-vitamins and antioxidants as well as other nutrients. In fact, spirulina contains so many vitamins and minerals, it is like taking a complete multivitamin. Even NASA considers it a superfood because astronauts can cultivate it in space and ensure their complete nutrition!
To learn more about spirulina, read the Top 5 Reasons You Need More Spirulina in Your Life and Chlorella Versus Spirulina: A Showdown of the Green Algae Superfoods. You can also read one person’s experience with spirulina helping her acne.
Spirulina has been used as a food source since the 9th century. The Aztecs were believed to have used spirulina in 16th century Mexico, but it wasn’t commercially produced until the 1970s. Today spirulina is used around the world to treat illness and as a nutritional supplement. More than that, spirulina can be an ingredient in your recipes – sprinkled on popcorn, added to smoothies or even put into desserts to make them healthier. Are you ready to try spirulina? Go green with these 12 recipes using healthy spirulina.
1. ‘The Notorious G.R.E.E.N.’ Collard Wrap
A little spirulina added to the avocado filling of this Collard Wrap takes it from healthy to super-healthy. With the cumin, coriander and cayenne, you won’t even notice it’s there but your body will thank you for it.
2. Raw Chocolate Mint Grasshopper Pie
This Raw Chocolate Mint Grasshopper Pie is a real crowd-pleaser, perfect for a cooling treat on a warm spring day or a special occasion with family and friends. Spirulina gives it that gorgeous mint color.
3. Six Ingredient Spirulina Snackies
Want to try adding some of the nutrient powerhouse spirulina into your life, but you’re not quite sure what to do with it outside of blending it in a smoothie? Well then, these little Spirulina Snackies are for you. They are quick and versatile tiny treats!
4. Spirulina Sprinkle That Makes Everything Better!
Make your own Spirulina Sprinkle seasoning blend by combining spirulina powder with nutritional yeast, garlic and dried mixed veggies. Sprinkle it on popcorn, veggies, toast and anything savory.
5. Marshmallow Cream Cake
This raw vegan Marshmallow Cream Cake is so delicious no one will ever know it’s packed with healthy superfoods. Chia seeds give the cake a pudding-like texture and spirulina gives the mint layer it’s pretty green color.
6. Vegan Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is one of the very best flavors. A little spirulina helps give it color and turns a treat into a superfood. That means you can have two scoops because it’s health food!
7. Healthy Nut-Free Spirulina Vegan Sesame Bars
Turn a crunchy snack into a healthy treat with these Spirulina Sesame Bars. Bananas, coconut, sesame seeds and vanilla join this spirulina and get dehydrated into yummy crisp crackers.
8. Superpower Spirulina Pie
It’s so easy being green when you have delicious desserts like this very green Superpower Spirulina Pie. With an almond crust and a coconut filling, this dessert will impress everyone!
9. The Ultimate Spirulina Smoothie
Thanks to the fruits and superfoods (spirulina, chlorella and chia seeds) it contains, this simple green smoothie will help you get the nutrition you need on a daily basis. It’s the Ultimate Spirulina Smoothie.
10. Raw Chocmint Super Protein Bars
These Raw Chocmint Super Protein Bars not only taste great but will fuel your body before or after a workout. Besides spirulina, these bars have hemp powder, coconut, cashews and cacao nibs for a healthy and delicious treat.
11. Tropical Green Spirulina Smoothie
Spirulina powder is perfect for turning a smoothie into a super-healthy drink. This Tropical Green Spirulina Smoothie has coconut, banana and pineapple to balance the green ingredients for a delicious flavor.
12. Super Easy Spirulina Cashew Balls
These Spirulina Cashew Balls are seriously scrumptious and an awesome snack to have on hand when you need a chocolate hit. So easy to make and the creamy texture and nutty flavor also shine through the chocolate goodness.
Adding a spoon of spirulina to your recipes is an easy way to make sure you get all the nutrients you need while enjoying incredible smoothies, desserts and other treats. Go green with spirulina!
Lead image source: The Ultimate Spirulina Smoothie