Tried Spirulina? 10 Ways To Include This Superfood In Your Diet
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Including algae as part of our diet isn’t a common practice. Spirulina, a type of blue-green algae, shot to fame and was branded a superfood because of its impressive nutrient-dense profile and its potential health benefits. It's easily found in the form of tablets and powder.

Spirulina can give you protein, vitamins, and minerals, and you need to incorporate a few spoonfuls into whichever dish you choose to add it to. This makes it an excellent supplement. It has antioxidants that are believed to help combat stress and inflammation in the body. Spirulina also gained popularity during the outbreak of COVID-19 because it is believed to help build immunity.

As per a study, Spirulina has multiple health benefits. From improving cardiovascular health to reducing muscle fatigue, which makes it extremely helpful for athletes, spirulina also helps the body get rid of toxins. It also helps keep the gut healthy.

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Spirulina can be incorporated into your diet in various ways, such as by adding a teaspoon or two of spirulina powder to your daily smoothie or mixing spirulina powder into your favourite fruit or vegetable juice. You can also sprinkle spirulina powder over salads and soups. Supplements: If the taste of spirulina is too strong for you, consider taking it in tablet or capsule form. It can also be added to dough while making rotis or bread. 

Spirulina doesn’t really affect the taste of the dish. The dishes can be either sweet or savoury, and there are numerous ways to enjoy the health benefits of spirulina. From smoothies and energy balls to pancakes and guacamole, here are some simple ways in which you can consume spirulina.

Spirulina Smoothie

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Kickstart your day with a nutrient-packed spirulina smoothie, a vibrant green elixir that’s both delicious and energizing. Combine a banana, a cup of fresh spinach, a cup of almond milk, a tablespoon of spirulina powder, a sprinkle of chia seeds, and a handful of your favourite berries in a blender. Blend until smooth, and enjoy this creamy, revitalising drink that’s perfect for breakfast or a post-workout snack.

Spirulina Energy Balls

These bite-sized spirulina energy balls are the perfect on-the-go snack, bursting with flavour and packed with superfoods to keep you fueled throughout the day. Finely chop a cup of dates, half a cup of almonds, and half a cup of cashews. In a food processor, blend the chopped ingredients with two tablespoons of spirulina powder, two tablespoons of chia seeds, a tablespoon of coconut oil, and a drizzle of honey until the mixture forms a sticky dough. Roll into small balls and store them in the refrigerator for up to a week. These energy balls are great for a quick snack or a healthy breakfast option.

Spirulina Pancakes

Elevate your breakfast with these vibrant spirulina pancakes, offering a nutritious twist on a classic morning favourite. In a bowl, mix a cup of whole wheat flour, a tablespoon of spirulina powder, a tablespoon of baking powder, and a pinch of salt. In another bowl, whisk together a cup of almond milk, an egg, a tablespoon of honey, and a tablespoon of coconut oil. Combine the wet and dry ingredients, then pour 1/4 cup of batter onto a heated non-stick pan. Cook until bubbles form on the surface, flip, and cook the other side. Serve with fresh fruit for a delightful and healthy start to your day.

Spirulina Guacamole

Add a superfood twist to your favourite dip with spirulina guacamole, a flavourful and nutrient-dense accompaniment for any snack or meal. Mash three ripe avocados in a bowl. Stir in a tablespoon of spirulina powder, a chopped onion, a minced clove of garlic, a diced small tomato, fresh lime juice, salt, and pepper. Garnish with chopped coriander. Serve this vibrant green dip with tortilla chips for a nutritious snack or appetiser.

Spirulina Salad Dressing

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Transform your salads with this zesty spirulina dressing, adding a burst of colour and nutrients to your greens. In a small bowl, whisk together two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, a tablespoon of spirulina powder, a teaspoon of honey or maple syrup, and a minced clove of garlic. Drizzle this dressing over your favourite salad of veggies or meat, and enjoy the tangy, health-boosting flavours.

Spirulina Hummus

Experience a fresh twist on traditional hummus with this spirulina-infused version, perfect for dipping or spreading. In a food processor, blend together a cup of drained and rinsed chickpeas, two tablespoons of tahini, a tablespoon of spirulina powder, a minced clove of garlic, fresh lemon juice, and a bit of water for the desired consistency. Serve this green hummus with sliced carrots, cucumbers, and pita bread, or use it as a flavourful spread for sandwiches.

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Spirulina Ice Cream

Indulge in a creamy, guilt-free treat with spirulina ice cream, a refreshing dessert that's as nutritious as it is delicious. Blend two frozen, sliced, ripe bananas with half a cup of coconut milk, a tablespoon of spirulina powder, and a splash of vanilla extract until smooth. Enjoy immediately for a soft-serve texture or freeze for 1-2 hours for a firmer ice cream. This vibrant dessert is perfect for a healthy yet indulgent treat.

Spirulina Paratha

Enjoy a healthy twist on a traditional Indian flatbread with spirulina parathas, perfect for any meal of the day. In a bowl, mix two cups of whole wheat flour, a teaspoon of spirulina powder, and a pinch of salt. Gradually add water and knead to form a soft dough. Divide the dough into small balls and roll each into a flat paratha. Cook on a heated tava (griddle) until both sides are golden brown. Serve hot with yoghurt or your favourite curry.

Spirulina Chutney

Add a vibrant and flavourful touch to your meals with spirulina chutney, a fresh and zesty condiment. Blend together a cup of fresh coriander leaves, half a cup of fresh mint leaves, two green chillies, a small piece of ginger, a teaspoon of spirulina powder, a tablespoon of lemon juice, and salt. Add water as needed to achieve the desired consistency. Serve this chutney with snacks or as a spread on sandwiches.

Spirulina Rice

Give your rice a nutritious makeover with spirulina rice, a colourful and healthful side dish. Rinse a cup of rice and soak it in water for 20 minutes, then drain. In a pan, heat ghee or oil and add a teaspoon of cumin seeds. Once the cumin seeds crackle, add a chopped small onion and a minced clove of garlic, sautéing until golden brown. Stir in the rice and cook for a few minutes. Add water, a teaspoon of spirulina powder, and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat, cover, and simmer until the rice is cooked and the water is absorbed. Serve this vibrant green rice as a side dish to complement any meal.