Spirulina is a superfood and a nutritional powerhouse. It is a blue-green algae usually found in freshwater lakes and it is a great source of vegetarian protein. It contains all nine amino acids needed to synthesize protein in the human body. In fact, 60% of the weight of spirulina is composed of pure protein! Unlike animal flesh, spirulina is quickly absorbed by our bodies making it even better than meat. The cell walls of this wonder algae don’t have cellulose, so it is 90 percent digestible. This means it has higher absorption than any other common plant revitalizing your body quickly and effectively.
Spirulina has a lot of micro-nutrients including vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It contains vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and the minerals iron, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. It contains a series of antioxidants as well, including phycocyanins, tocopherols and beta-carotene. Because of its macro and micronutrient profile, many professionals use spirulina to treat metabolic diseases like hypothyroidism, diabetes, obesity, and high cholesterol. Spirulina is also used to treat nutritional deficiencies including iron deficiency.
Spirulina is truly wonderful, the only problem with this superfood is its taste ... I won’t lie. Spirulina tastes like a grassy ocean... Kind of gross really. And it is hard to know what to do with it as it is usually sold in powder form. Luckily for you, I did all of the hard work and found a tasty way to enjoy this nutritional powerhouse. I created a recipe using grapefruit that I use to help my own weight loss. It is creamy, tangy, but also sweet. I'm sure you'll love it. Using spirulina in conjunction with grapefruit increases iron absorption, metabolizes fats, and facilitates weight loss! And remember that in order to metabolize fat, your body turns it into CO2… Yes! Fat is literally breathed out of your body! To intensify the effect of the smoothie, you might want to follow it with some pranayama (breathing exercises) that will allow your body to better utilize oxygen and expel out the CO2… Translation: Bye bye, fat cells! (Click here to view a series of breathing exercises)
Green shake with Spirulina and Grapefruit
- A handful of dark leafy greens (I used dandelion, but you can use any other dark leafy green)
- 2 bananas (it is best if frozen)
- 1 grapefruit
- 2 tablespoons of spirulina
- Monk Fruit sweetener (or any other sweetener) to sweeten if you want
Peel the bananas, cut them into pieces and put them in a container in the freezer overnight. In the morning peel the grapefruit. Put it in a blender with the spirulina, water, stevia to taste, your dark leafy greens, and the frozen banana. Blend everything in a blender until it is smooth. Drink as soon as possible! If you have any questions, take a look at the video below!
God bless you.