Although the term ‘superfood’ is fairly new to our vocabulary, spirulina (a blue-green algae) is a nutritional powerhouse that’s been known to be a part of diets from as far back as the Aztecs and is even dubbed one of the most nutrient-dense food in the world.
If you’re following a vegetarian or vegan diet and or are just looking for a way to increase your plant protein or iron intake then spirulina powder could be the superfood you’ve been looking for!
So, why should you be adding spirulina into your diet?
5 benefits of Spirulina
- High in plant protein
Spirulina is packed with 65% plant protein, making it a great option for anyone following a plant-based diet. It’s also known as a ‘complete protein’, meaning it contains all 8 essential amino acids required by the human body (and has 18 overall).
- Rich in vitamins
Spirulina is packed full of vitamins. It’s a great source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, E, K as well as iron, magnesium and calcium!
- Source of chlorophyll
Chlorophyll helps your body flush out toxins. As spirulina is rich in chlorophyll, it’s a great supplement to add to your diet to help naturally detox your body.
- Source of essential fatty acids
Spirulina contains Omega 3s, 6s and 9s which are important for the health of vital organs such as the heart and brain as well as joints, hair and nails.
- Source of iron
Spirulina is a fantastic source of iron – boasting 3900% more iron than spinach!
How to add spirulina to your diet
This superfood is available in tablet form, however spirulina powder is highly versatile and can be used in a wide range of savoury recipes (soups, pasta sauces etc) as well as your morning porridge or smoothies!
Prana Protein Organic Spirulina powder is 100% organic – with no added extras – and is packed with 65% plant protein. Each 300g bag contains 60 servings!
Looking for a vegan recipe to make with your spirulina powder?
Give this vibrant vegan protein smoothie bowl a go:
What you’ll need:
1 frozen banana
1 cup of frozen fruit (mango, pineapple)
1 handful of kale
1 tsp of Prana Protein spirulina powder
1 tsp of maca powder (optional)
1 cup of almond milk
How to make:
Add your ingredients into a blender and blitz for 30 seconds.
Decant into a bowl and finish with any toppings your heart desires.
– The Prana Protein Team