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Spirulina Green Juice

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You might’ve heard of Spirulina before but perhaps you have been intimidated to try it, or perhaps you have a jar at home you don’t know what to do with. I hope these simple 5 Spirulina recipes will give you the confidence to experiment with it at home.

Spirulina is a bluegreen algae that is available as a powder or tablet. Although Spirulina looks like food from the future, it was actually used as a food source for the Aztecs and Mesoamericans until the 16th century.

Today it is used as a supplement and considered a superfood because of its nutritional content.  Spirulina contains about 60% (51–71%) protein and Spirulina’s lipid content is about 7% by weight and is rich in GLA , ALA, EPA, and DHA among other fatty acids.  It contains B vitamins (not a reliable source of vitamin B12), vitamins C, K, A, E, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, and Zinc, plus, bioavailable pigments such as beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. Go here for the nutritional analysis.

Where you get your Spirulina is very important because you want it to be fresh, mild tasting, and free of contaminants. My favorite source is from Mountain Rose Herbs.*affiliate link

Just to warn you, Spirulina is an acquired taste. It has a slight fishy flavor, but not as strong as seaweed. The easiest way to use Spirulina is to add it to juice or a smoothie. It tastes good with apple juice or in a smoothie with bananas or mangos. Start with a teaspoon or less at first and add more only when you are sure you can tolerate the taste.

And for the adventurous, here are some simple Spirulina recipes:

Spirulina Green Juice

1 English cucumber
2 medium sized apples (I like Fuji apples best, but any variety will do)
1 small lemon or lime
1 teaspoon Spirulina powder

Juice the produce in a juicer (such as the Omega 4000) and then add 1 teaspoon of Spirulina powder to your juicer. I prefer to blend the Spirulina with the juice in a blender, but you can mix it well if you don’t have one. Makes 16 ounces of juice, double the recipe for 32 ounces.

Spirulina Mango Pudding

3 cups ripe mango, chopped
zest from 1 lemon
1 teaspoon Spirulina powder

Blend all ingredients in a powerful blender (such as the Vitamix Blender) until smooth. If not sweet enough, you can add your sweetener of choice such as dates, honey, or stevia powder to taste.

Spirulina Honey

3 tablespoons raw honey
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon Spirulina powder

Mix all ingredients together and use as you would regular honey by drizzling it on fruit, putting it in your tea, cereal . . .(etc.).

Spirulina Seasoning Salt

4 tablespoons nutritional yeast
1 teaspoon Spirulina powder
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste

Sprinkle this seasoning salt over air popped popcorn, kale chips, steamed veggies, baked potato . . .(etc.)

Simple Spirulina Salad Dressing

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Spirulina powder
Juice and zest of ½ lemon
Sprinkle of garlic powder and cayenne pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients together and  pour over your favorite salad. Some people make the dressing without the lemon juice and zest, so you can experiment with what you like best.

I like to buy my spirulina powder in bulk here*

*affiliate link

Although Spirulina is an acquired taste, I hope these Spirulina recipes will give you the courage to try it! And please do share your favorite Spirulina recipes below.

♥,
C

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9 comments

1 Tod { 05.23.12 at 9:51 am }

I like the idea of the spirulina seasoning salt, might give that one a try.  Thanks for the good ideas!

2 Cecilia { 05.23.12 at 11:59 am }

Thanks Tod – let me know what you think if you try it.

Best Wishes,
Cecilia

3 Eveline van Reeuwijk { 09.02.12 at 6:16 am }

Already tried some smoothies with spirulina,  but definately try your juice-recipes!
Also like the idea of the salad dressing and seasoning salt!

4 Olanga { 12.13.12 at 2:49 pm }

I add spirulina to my energy bar:
Mix in the blender dried coconut meat, and other miscellaneous nuts … Add a little olive oil and hot honey – mix until smooth like peanut butter. Add spirulina and mix until uniform in color. This mixture is warm and soft, so quickly put it on wax paper sprinkled with coconut and let cool at room tempereture. Then cut into portions and enjoy!

5 caro { 08.08.14 at 7:45 pm }

I bought mine from SUN company. Is this a good company to buy from it’s the first time I buy it. It says non GMO and organic on it. Mine clumps when I mix it and is strong tasting however I have never tasted this before so I am not sure if it’s just strong cause I’m not use to the taste. I wasn’t sure what to do with it other than mixing it with water, which I gagged the first time I tried this. I will try to start with less than a teaspoon I think and will try the recipes you posted. Thanks

6 caro { 08.08.14 at 7:48 pm }

Sorry it was “NOW” company not sun company

7 Cecilia { 08.11.14 at 6:53 am }

Hi Caro,
Thanks for sharing. Different brands have different flavors, so if you don’t like one brand you can try another or just get really good at hiding the flavor in recipes. Thanks for stopping by and best of luck!
~ Cecilia

8 Cecilia { 08.11.14 at 9:43 am }

Thanks Olanga, for your recipe it sound likes a spirulina fudge or bark of sorts. Yummy! Have you tried using coconut oil instead of olive oil? Just curious. Thanks for stopping by! ~ Cecilia

9 Cecilia { 08.11.14 at 9:45 am }

Thanks Eveline for your comment! Happy creating! Hugs ~ Cecilia

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