Thursday, August 1, 2013

3 Ways to Hide Your Spirulina

Many of my clients complain that despite the fact that one of my most recommended supplements, Spirulina, is near tasteless, they still have a hard time taking it every day. I've often advised you to throw it in your protein shakes and disregard the grotey-green color it turns. However, I'd like to share three more ways you can hide this superfood and still reap the many benefits it offers.

1. Make it a seasoning.

Mix it with sea salt, garlic, onion powder, pepper, nutritional yeast and any other herbs or Mrs. Dash mixes. You might even create your own little seasoning powder and store it in an old canister or bottle. Once it mixes with the other herbs and spices, you won't notice any difference in flavor, and the color difference won't be as extreme.

2. Toss it into your salad dressing.

If you use a store-bought salad dressing, open the jar and pour some of it in there. Just be sure and shake it up every time you use it. Since you'll be drizzling it on greens, you won't notice the color, especially if you use a dark shade of dressing.

Try making your own dressing by combining some extra-virgin olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon/lime juice, stevia, garlic, honey and other herbs/spices.

3. Use it in your sweet potato brownies or morning oats.

I promise you won't ruin these delicious sweet treats by adding some green to it. Most likely, the color of your brownies/fudge won't change. And, if you add a teaspoon of raw cocoa powder to your oats, it really hides the flavor and color of the spirulina too.

Benefits of Spirulina

  • Contains about 60 percent of highly-absorbable protein
  • Contains all 9 essential amino acids, making it a complete protein
  • Super-rich in fatty acids like GLA, CLA, EPA, DHA and ALA, which support the transfer of fat to ATP (energy), which means it supports fat metabolism
  • Helps with mental clarity, energy, inflammation, immunity and blood flow
  • Contains vitamins: B, K, C, A and E
  • Contains calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and zinc
  • Helps regulate your body's pH levels and rids it of harmful ammonia, which is produced when your work out
You can find Spirulina in tablet or powder form at your local health food market like Sprouts, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods or even try your local grocery store. You can also buy it online at Vitacost.com or Amazon.

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