Spirulina, the blue-green algae super food, is a nutritional powerhouse, but it can be tricky to figure out how to add it into your diet. Smoothies are a great option, but what about when you want something a little different? Consider adding it to these unexpected recipes for a delicious and easy way to significantly improve the nutrition content of some of your favorite foods.
- Black Bean Hummus. As you put the ingredients for your favorite hummus recipe into the food processor, try adding a bit of spirulina into the mix. The strong garlic flavor of hummus makes the spirulina flavor almost undetectable for those who may not relish spirulina’s distinct flavor, and using black beans rather than chick peas disguises the color change spirulina makes.
- Pesto. The herbs and nuts of pesto are a perfect place to blend in a bit of spirulina. The flavors complement each other naturally. The protein spirulina adds to pesto helps make it a much more nutritionally complete sauce to add to your favorite dish.
- Popcorn. It doesn’t get much easier than adding spirulina powder to a big bowl of air popped popcorn. After popping your popcorn, toss it together with 1-2 tablespoons of powdered spirulina along with some nutritional yeast and chili powder (to taste). You may also add a small amount of olive oil sprayed on the popcorn to help the seasonings stick to the popcorn, if desired.
By adding spirulina into your diet, you will be gaining potent antioxidants, as well as significant sources of vitamin A, calcium, iron, protein, chlorophyll, and more. In selecting your spirulina powder, remember that quality matters. Only select an organic source of spirulina so that you avoid adding pollutants along with your super food!
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