3 Ways to Eat More Spirulina

Spirulina is an easy superfood to add to your diet, even if you don’t like the taste of freshwater algae! Yes, you heard that right: spirulina is a type of freshwater algae that people add to their diets because it is SO GOOD for the human body. Spirulina is packed with vitamins, minerals, protein, healthy fats, and chlorophyll.

Make a Spirulina Smoothie
Have you ever tried a green smoothie? How about a spirulina green smoothie? I make spirulina smoothies every morning. They are delicious, I swear! The trick is to add a few tasty fruits like bananas, pears, apples, citrus fruits, and berries. Then you balance out the sweetness with some fresh greens and add a pinch of spirulina for a punch of superfood nutrients! Toss in some ice and non-dairy milk, give it all a whirl in your blender, and you’ve got a delicious, nutrient dense meal on the go!

Make Spirulina Baked Goods
Spirulina can be easily added to baked good recipes. Simply add 1-2 tablespoons of dried, organic spirulina to the dry ingredients found in your recipe. Adding spirulina to baked goods gives your treats a bright green color, naturally, and adds a ton of important nutrients. I find the absolute best organic spirulina recipes on Pinterest!

If All Else Fails, Try Spirulina Capsules
If you truly can’t stomach the taste of spirulina, you can purchase dried, organic spirulina in capsule form. Spirulina capsules contain all of the same nutrients that spirulina powder contains, but in a convenient, tasteless capsule. Spirulina capsules can be found online and at health food stores. When buying spirulina, in capsules or powder, be sure to choose a product that is 100% pure and USDA certified organic.

Uechi-Ryu

For years and years, I studied Uechi-Ryu until I became a master. I have competed in Uechi-Ryu competitions around the world and I have owned many traditional Uechi-Ryu dojos. Uechi-ryu is a traditional style of Okinawan karate. Uechi-ryu can be roughly translated to “Style of Uechi.” Uechi-Ryu has given me strength, endurance, and patience, and I have Uechi-Ryu to thank for my great health.

Though I am now retired, I continue to practice the ways of Uechi-Ryu in every aspect of my life. I eat a clean and mindful diet. I take time to pay the universe gratitude for each bite of food I eat. I still practice Uechi-Ryu to stay physically fit, but I have also started to participate in yoga and mediation. I focus on the positive.

As I get older, I have found that I am not as able as I once was. Though this can be disappointing at times, I have lived a long and full life and I am incredibly grateful. To keep up with my aging mind and body, I take a variety of herbal supplements that are backed by eastern medicine. I am a firm believer in mind-body medicine and all things holistic.

I will use this journal to post the things that inspire in hopes of inspiring others. I plan to post my daily Uechi-Ryu routines as well as my favorite recipes, herbal supplements, and healthy living tips. I hope to inspire others through Uechi-Ryu in the same way that I was inspired by my former teachers.

How to Add Spirulina to Your Diet

Think of spirulina as one of Nature’s multivitamins. Spirulina is a complete protein with all 8 essential amino acids, as well as vitamin B12, B complex vitamins, beta carotene, iron, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Spirulina also contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), the important omega-6 fatty acid that is found in breast milk.

Spirulina works to boost the immune system, improve digestion, detoxify the body of heavy metals, promotes healthy liver and brain function, alleviates constipation, normalizes blood sugar levels, increases energy and endurance and promotes the growth and repair of tissues.

It is important to choose a cleanly sourced spirulina. Because spirulina has the incredible ability to absorb and flush toxins within the body, spirulina can also bind to toxins in the environment that it is grown in. Try to buy a USDA organic spirulina powder that is sourced from pristine waters. The best spirulina companies will provide its customers with a certificate of analyses proving that the spirulina is non-contaminated.

Spirulina powders should contain 100% spirulina- there is no need for fillers, flow agents, artificial colors or flavors, preservatives, or any other artificial ingredients. Spirulina should also be processed without the use of extreme heat and chemicals as these types of processing destroy spirulina’s nutrient profile.

This amazing superfood alga can be incorporated into many of your favorite recipes. To make a regular fruit smoothie into a nutrient dense green smoothie, simply add 1-2 tbsp. of spirulina to the ingredients before blending. You can also add spirulina to yogurt, granola, baked goods, salad dressings, pasta sauces, and more. Looking for some recipes? Simple spirulina recipes can be found here.