Even though I like to think I’ve tried all of the latest food fads out there, there are some I steer clear of. For instance, bulletproof coffee. Juice cleanses. Apple cider vinegar shots. The Paleo diet. However, when it comes to green things from lakes and the sea … well, reel ’em in, because I’m on it.
Today, we’re going to talk about edible greens from the sea called spirulina, one of the oldest and most nutritional foods around, which is starting to get a lot more attention.
What is spirulina?
Here’s why you should know about this food …
- It’s considered the world’s first superfood
- It’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods on Earth
- It’s high in protein
- It’s a blue-green algae, which grows in warm water or in labs
- It’s been used as astronaut food for its nutritional value
- It’s a plant, found in fresh or salt water
What are the benefits of spirulina?
- It’s been known to boost energy
- It’s said to improve the immune system
- It can help to detox the body
- It can balance inflammation
- It’s a great protein source for anyone, even vegans and vegetarians
- It’s a complete protein containing all the essential amino acids
- It’s been found to combat anemia, cancer and heart disease
- It contains valuable chlorophyl and other phytonutrients
- It has 10 times the beta-carotene as carrots
- It’s full of vitamins and minerals
With a profile like that, it’s easy to see why spirulina has gone from a crazy health-food product to something more mainstream, we’re sure to see more of. So how can you consume it? Either in a pill, or in powder or flake form, which can be added to smoothies, baked goods or just about any food. If you’re into trying new things and adding a nutritional kick to your day, keep your eyes and ears open for this green superfood, which you can find at most major grocery stores and drug stores or online.
What’s the downside of spirulina?
When you factor in the cost of high-quality pure spirulina, it’s not cheap. Oh and you likely don’t want to eat it on its own. Rumor has it that it tastes like pond scum. However, you can easily pop it into recipes or take it in pill form. But you want to make sure you’re buying spirulina from a reputable brand.
Introducing Naked Juice’s new Sea Greens
I’ve been consuming spirulina in my diet in small amounts nearly every day for the last few months via some veggie powder, which I put into my morning overnight oats. But thanks to my friends at Naked Juice, I’ve got a new on-the-go option infused with the healthy superfood through their latest creation “Sea Greens” — so much goodness in one tasty bottle.
The new Sea Greens juice smoothie contains apples, part of a banana, part of an orange, strawberries, part of a coconut, celery stalk and passion fruit, with boosts of the superfood spirulina and dulse (another edible seaweed). The taste of Sea Greens is fresh and quite sweet, just like a delicious green juice with no trace of the sea. And it sure feels good to know it’s full of so many awesome ingredients. Well done, Naked Juice.
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Questions of the day
What’s your favorite thing to eat or drink from the sea?
What’s one food or drink that you couldn’t live without?