Spirulina is a popular source of non-animal protein, with 8 essential amino acids plus high levels of B-Vitamins and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). This means it’s great if you’re in need of a quick energy boost. But how should you use this deep blue-green powder? We’ve got 10 easy ideas for you to try.
- Swirl into soup
Once you’ve served your homemade soup into bowls, sprinkle a small amount of spirulina powder over the top to add a boost of nutrition and take your food presentation to another level.
- Sprinkle over cooked pasta
Sprinkle a little over the top of cooked pasta dishes just before serving to boost the nutritional status and create a lovely looking garnish.
- Whisk into your eggs
Make eggs even more nutritious with the addition of spirulina. Whisk it into scrambled eggs or an omelette, or dust over the top of poached eggs.
- Blend into your morning smoothie
Spirulina is great way to add a boost to your morning smoothies. Simply add half a teaspoon in with your usual mixture and blend it all together.
- Mash with avocado
Make this creamy ingredient even more nutritious by adding spirulina. Scoop out the flesh and mash it with half a teaspoon of spirulina and a squeeze of lemon juice.
- Lightly scatter over pizza
Pizza sometimes needs a little extra something just before serving. Instead of adding extra cheese, try sprinkling a little spirulina over the top, just like ground pepper.
- Add a dash to cooked sauces or gravy
You can also add spirulina to cooked sauces like homemade pasta sauce or gravy. Add the powder at the end and give it a good stir, or whisk it into gravy just before serving.
- Whisk into a salad dressing
Salad dressings are the ideal partner for healthy spirulina. Whisk half a teaspoon in as you combine your oils, vinegar, and other ingredients.
- Stir into hummus
Spirulina powder is a great addition to homemade hummus, making this healthy spread into a nutritional powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats, and fibre. Don’t forget you can add other ingredients to a base hummus recipe: try roasted peppers or sundried tomatoes.
- Popcorn flavouring
Combine spirulina with sea salt and chilli powder and dust your air-popped popcorn. Give it a good shake to evenly coat the popcorn and enjoy this healthy savoury treat.