As a teenager, my orthodontist created a mold of my teeth using seaweed – disgusting. I seriously thought I was going to die from gross-ness. Who in their right mind would voluntarily put seaweeds or algae in their mouth by choice? Yes, I was once a seaweed/algae pessimist.
My seaweed/algae pessimism came to an end when I began researching foods that contained high levels of iron and iodine – essential nutrients for the body. The health benefits shocked me – I had no idea that something so disgusting could be so amazing.
Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is cultivated from oceans and lakes. Good for the brain, heart, and immune system, Spirulina supports the immune system, healthy inflammatory responses, and protects against oxidation. The high iodine content found in Spirulina supports a healthy thyroid and provides relief to those struggling with iodine deficiencies.
Spirulina has also been used to successfully help individuals struggling with depression, asthma, hypertension, digestive problems, skin disorders, fatigue, stress, and attention deficit disorder. Spirulina is often considered a complete protein and contains more protein that soy, more iron than beef, and more vitamin A than carrots. Spirulina is a super-food that your body needs.
Better Than Cherry Spirulina Smoothie
1 cups vanilla yogurt (be sure to select a yogurt that is free of high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, and/or artificial flavors)
1 cups frozen cherries
1/2 cup agave nectar
Two large handfuls of spinach
1/16 – 1/8 tsp. Spirulina (remember to start small and build your way up)
Milk (almond, soy, rice, dairy, etc.) to desired consitancy
Place all ingredients in your Vitamix (or high-powered blender) and blend until smooth. Pour into cups with fancy straws.
Put your feet up and smile. Welcome to the Spirulina optimists club.