The term “superfood” gets thrown around quite a bit, to the point where the word itself has become watered down. Nuts, berries, greens – the line between what is and isn't a superfood has become pretty blurred.
As a Registered Dietitian, when I think of a genuine superfood, which is packed with nutrition, I think of GREENS, and this includes spirulina.
Spirulina is a complete protein with full amino acid profiles, and it contains about 60% protein, making it one of the most superior plant protein sources available.
You want vitamins? How about vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B9, for starters? And, in addition to iron, spirulina is a source of potassium, calcium, chromium, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc. If you're looking for a truly, genuine “superfood,” look no further. Easily found in powdered form, it's an ideal addition to a smoothie to kick start your day.
That said, I suppose we should discuss the downside of spirulina: let's just say it's an “acquired” taste. Some people think it has a mild, grassy flavor, others think it's akin to eating lawn clippings. Being a supertaster might effect your opinion, but suffice to say, virtually no one consumes spirulina for the taste.
Surely there's something out there we can combine with spirulina to improve the palatability? Perhaps something equally high on the superfood spectrum?
Enter cacao. Another superfood in its own right, containing more antioxidants than blueberries and more iron than spinach – plays well with spirulina, so break out the blenders, we're going to make a smoothie that's good tasting and good for you.