Spirulina is super – in fact, it’s a superfood.
It’s super good for you and serves as a super duper addition to all sorts of groovy green goodies.
Spirulina is a cyanobacterium (yikes), or micro algae (but not just from pond scum, ahem), it’s a great source of vitamins and minerals, including chlorophyll and calcium, and contains almost 60% protein – acting as a “complete” protein, with all amino acids. Wow ~ great news for all the plant pushers out there!
Spirulina, the brilliant and bright green super supplement tastes interestingly sweet and spicy all at once, too.
But, with it’s hulk-esque appearance, spirulina can be a liiiiiitle intimidating for those not quite health-nuts out there.
Alas, why not take a little step back and supercharge your regime and your learning curve with a tad bit of spirulina schooling from nuts.com:
So what may one DO with all this spirulina schooling? Well, head to the kitchen, of course.
And, add a little bit more super with crunchy kale chips and soft spinach leaves.
Get your green on…
Spicy Spirulina, Spinach and Kale Chip Salad
For the Kale Chips:
1 bunch kale leaves (rinsed, dried, and roughly torn into 2″ pieces)
1/4 head red cabbage (rinsed, dried, and chopped into 2″ chunks)
2 large carrots (rinsed and shredded)
1/2 cup sunflower seeds (soaked, “sprouted,” and drained)
2 Tbs. spirulina
1 Tbs. paprika
sea salt and pepper to taste
Process the sunflower seeds, spirulina, paprika, salt and pepper in a high speed blender until smooth. In a large bowl, massage into the raw veggies. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 24 hours, flipping the chips half way through the process. Alternatively, on a parchment lined baking sheet, evenly distribute the veggies so they do not overlap (they should not overlap much on the dehydrating trays either) for 10-15. Rotate the tray or flip chips, and then bake for another 5 minutes or so.
For the Salad:
Once crisp and crunchy, toss the kale chips with fresh baby spinach leaves and drizzle with a bit of balsamic reduction. The sweet and spicy of the spirulina will be enhanced by this super crazy synthesis of flavors!
And there you have it! Spicy Spirulina, Spinach and Kale Chip Salad – and all the healthy good things you’re doing for your body as you gobble up the goodness too!