Posted by: Emily | November 10, 2009

Eaten Any Superfoods Lately? Try Spirulina!


It may not look too appetizing in its natural form, but Spirulina is often called a ‘superfood’ — one that is rich in nutrients that the body needs to maintain health.  As seen in the image to the left, spirulina is a blue-green algae that is formed by two kinds of cyanobacteria.  It is a food rich in whole proteins, calcium, fatty acids, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folic acid, vitamin D, vitamin C, and vitamin E.  Long list, right?  That’s why it’s called a superfood.  In fact, some people take Spirulina as a supplement to their daily diet.

Tired of this new health food craze?  You should know that the health benefits of spirulina are not a newly acknowledged phenomenon.  In fact, spirulina was used hundreds of years ago by the Aztecs, who formed the spirulina from lakes into cakes of food.

Aztec Spirulina Cakes

Want to know more about spirulina’s history?  Check this out.

Ok, so I know what you’re thinking.  Aztec spirulina cakes don’t look too appetizing, do they?  Well, spirulina is an easy nutrient to add to your food.  It complements the taste of many fruits, veggies, and whole grains.  I recently had an awesome spirulina smoothie from Namaste Cafe, which is a juice bar found in New Brunswick above the George Street Co-op.  Here are some recipes to try using spirulina.  Or, if you are not much of a chef, you could simply buy some spirulina smoothies at you local health food store.

Finally, if you are interested in learning more about different green superfoods, check out The Lunchbox Bunch blog post on ‘yummy green superfood powders’.


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